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Three Questions: Wings-Ducks

DRW.com 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. 

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

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

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59