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Three Questions: Wings-Ducks analyzes Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals

Sunday, 05.3.2009 / 7:13 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Ducks
What happened?

In a game that spans three overtimes, the game-winner is usually going to be a fluke.  Such was the case in Game 2, as Anaheim center Todd Marchant beat goaltender Chris Osgood with a high shot 1:15 in.  Marchant, who had only five goals all of the regular season, picked up his first goal of the postseason to even the series at one game apiece. 

The Wings fired the puck towards the Anaheim goal all afternoon long, recording 62 shots to Anaheim’s 46.  The Wings outshot the Ducks 29-17 in the extra periods, but couldn’t beat goaltender Jonas Hiller.   It was a surprising outcome to a lengthy game; the Wings’ depth seemed like it would overcome a team that relied heavily upon their top line of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, and Bobby Ryan.  Ice-time leaders were Chris Pronger of the Ducks at 46:21, and Brad Stuart at 45:01.

What was the storyline in regulation?

The biggest difference from Game 1 to Game 2 was the special teams’ numbers.  The Ducks, who kept the penalty box door propped open in Game 1, took only two penalties in regulation, and one in overtime.  The Wings went 1-2 on man-advantage opportunities in regulation, and they didn’t score on their lone power play in overtime.  The Red Wings, however, took four penalties, all in regulation.  That gave the Ducks power-play chances early, which they capitalized on.  The two power-play goals for Anaheim kept the Wings playing catch-up, and they had to tie it just to force overtime.

Who was the Wings’ player of the game?

I’m going with defenseman Jonathan Ericsson.  The Wings’ rookie has been filling in for the injured Brian Rafalski on the top unit with Lidstrom, and he’s fitting in well.   Ericsson played for 42:36 worth of ice-time, fourth highest of any player, and spent 3:12 on the penalty kill.  He was plus-two, which is impressive when considering he was routinely playing against the Ducks’ top unit.  Though he didn’t pick up any points, he still had good stats at the end of the contest – three shots, seven hits, and five blocked shots. 


H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
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