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Three Questions: Wings-Blue Jackets

DRW.com analyzes Game 4 of the Western Conference quarterfinals

Thursday, 04.23.2009 / 10:00 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Blue Jackets
How did the Red Wings win this one?

It’s really summed up in one word – experience. The Wings watched a big first period lead wash away at the hands of the Blue Jackets, and a tie for 19 minutes of the third had Nationwide Arena rocking. It was playoff hockey at its best; loud fans, big hits, and timely goals. The Wings prevailed because they were able to keep their heads. The Jackets, on the other hand, got caught with too many men on the ice with 1:34 remaining in regulation. And the experienced Red Wings made them pay. While the Jackets were fighting with the referees over the call (I spotted seven Blue Jacket players on the ice during the replay), the Wings went to work on their power play, and Johan Franzen found the back of the net. Scoring yet another clutch goal for Detroit, Franzen slammed in a rebound from Jiri Hudler, and the Wings held on for the final 46-seconds for the series win.

Who was the Wings’ player of the night?


Marian Hossa came to Detroit because he said he wanted to win a Stanley Cup. On Thursday, he came up big, scoring a pair of goals in the second. They were the first two goals for Hossa this postseason, and it was a great sign for the Wings to see him find his scoring touch. Hossa played outstanding from the opening faceoff, possessing the puck as if he had it glued to his stick. He didn’t shy away from the rough stuff either, throwing his body around, and willing to take a hit while fighting for the puck along the boards. He logged 16:15 worth of ice time, and recorded seven shots and two hits. After an injury forced him to miss the last few games of the regular-season, Hossa appears to be back on track and ready for Round 2.

What’s next?


Well the Wings might have a bit of time off before they start in the Western Conference semifinals. Vancouver has advanced by sweeping the St. Louis Blues, but nobody knows who else is in yet. The Wings will await the winners of the San Jose/Anaheim and Calgary/Chicago series before they know who they face next. Anaheim currently leads 2-1 (they play tonight), and Calgary and Chicago are tied after four games.

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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
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
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80