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Three Questions: Wings-Blackhawks

DRW.com analyzes the Wings' 81st game

Saturday, 04.11.2009 / 5:45 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Blackhawks
Was it really a penalty?

With under a minute to go in a tie game, Chicago forward Dustin Byfuglien broke in behind the Detroit defense and rushed toward goaltender Ty Conklin. However, Wings’ defenseman Niklas Kronwall caught him, and interrupted his shot attempt. The referees called a penalty shot for Byfuglien, who made no mistake on his opportunity. The Chicago forward beat Conklin to the left top-corner of the goal, giving the Blackhawks the game-winner late in the third.

But after watching the replay, it seemed to be a questionable call. It appeared that Kronwall made contact with only Byfuglien’s stick, and merely kept him from getting a shot on goal. It was a questionable decision to call a penalty, let alone a penalty shot, during such an important time of the game.

What did the Wings do right?

The Wings held a potent offense at bay for the majority of Saturday’s contest. Credit should go to the Wings’ penalty killers, who played a great game against Chicago’s talented power play. The Wings held the Blackhawks scoreless on four power plays, which helped them stay in the game until the end. At the same time, the Wings made use of their opportunities, going 1-2 on their man-advantage chances. Valtteri Filppula scored the lone power-play goal for the Wings.

Conklin should be commended for his game, as well. After allowing a goal on the first shot, he could have been in for a rough outing, but he collected himself and turned aside 22 shots throughout the contest.

What was the play of the game for the Wings?

The pass that Jiri Hudler made to Filppula for the Wings’ second goal was incredible. Hudler gathered in the puck next to the Chicago goal, and with pressure on him, made a behind-the-back backhand pass. He got the puck through a crowd in front of the Chicago goal, and put it right onto Filppula’s stick. Filppula fired it past goalie Cristobal Huet for his 12th goal of the season.


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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80