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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 52 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 53 9 27 3 36
T. Tatar 52 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 53 14 15 -2 29
P. Datsyuk 38 8 20 12 28
J. Abdelkader 53 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 39 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 49 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 20 10 4 .933 1.97
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89