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Three Questions: Wings-Penguins

DRW.com analyzes Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals

Sunday, 05.31.2009 / 11:47 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Penguins
Who’s getting the job done for the Wings?

Once again, the Detroit ‘grinders’ are getting it done when it counts.  By grinders, we’re talking about the third and fourth lines, which have been exceptional in the first two games of the finals.

Justin Abdelkader is the prime example.  After being informed by Babcock that he might not see a single shift in Game 1, Abdelkader had the goal of the night.  In Game 2, he repeated the trend, scoring the third goal that was icing on the cake for the Wings.  Abdelkader rushed up alone, and was staring down Pittsburgh defenseman Hal Gill and Rob Scuderi.  Abdelkader cut to the middle of the ice and had the puck knocked away.  He regained possession however, and turned sharply, and fired a rocket to the upper-right corner of the Penguins’ goal.  It was a huge goal for the Wings.  Abdelkader played 8:55, recorded six hits, and won four of six face-offs.

Darren Helm stepped up as well, and it’s not a surprise anymore.  The Wings’ speedster had two shots and seven hits, and he picked up the secondary assist on Jonathan Ericsson’s goal because he won the face-off on the play.  Helm played 16:25, as he continues to earn more and more ice time from Babcock.

How about Ozzie?

In Game 1, Chris Osgood turned aside 31 shots to get the win.  Same number of saves, same numbers on the scoreboard at the end, and the same result in Game 2 – Osgood picks up the win.  Once again, Osgood made 31 saves, frustrating the Penguins’ snipers in all three periods.

On his first save of the night, Osgood robbed Kris Letang.  Osgood came out to cut down the angles, making a save on the Penguins’ offensive defenseman after he took a one-timer on a pass from Evgeni Malkin. 

In the second period, he managed to get his glove on a one-timer from Malkin, who was standing just footsteps out from the crease. 

And in the third, he frustrated captain Sidney Crosby.  Crosby split the Wings’ defense, and had Osgood cutting to the right post.  Crosby fired to the left, and it looked like he had Osgood fooled.  But with a quick leg kick, Osgood redirected the shot to the corner, and preserved the big lead for his team.

Have the Wings officially rattled the Penguins’ duo?


It’s not often that you see assistant captain Henrik Zetterberg drop the gloves.  It’s even more seldom that he does it while he’s trying to help his team hold down a lead in the final minute.  But when his opponent is the NHL’s leading scorer in the regular season, it’s okay if they both spend some time in the box.

After a mad scramble out in front of the Wings’ goal in the closing seconds, Malkin took offense to Zetterberg pushing Max Talbot out of the crease.  The Penguins’ star started swinging at Zetterberg, and Hank fired right back.  The fight rotated around Osgood’s crease, with both superstars exchanging blow after blow.  Zetterberg had Malkin on the ground, then Malkin popped back up.  More punches were exchanged.  The linesmen finally stepped in to break it up, and both exited the ice for the rest of the night.

It was the biggest sign of the Crosby and Malkin duo being rattled.  Malkin picked up the all-important instigator penalty, which means there’s a chance he will be suspended for Game 3.  The Penguins’ center had four of the five Penguins’ penalty in the contest.  He picked up an interference call in the second period, which the Wings scored on.  Then he got the instigator, fighting major, and a misconduct penalty at the end.  Talbot had a slashing penalty, and that was it for the Penguins.  

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AWAY
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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

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