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Three Questions: Wings-Rangers

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' fifth game

Saturday, 10.18.2008 / 9:47 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Rangers
So Marian Hossa scored?

Yes, Marian Hossa has scored his 300th career goal. In dramatic fashion, no less; his first goal in a Red Wings' uniform capped off a 5-4 comeback win in overtime. Hossa needs to thank his new center, Pavel Datsyuk, for lugging the puck in deep then firing over a pass to him from the corner. Hossa got his stick on the puck in traffic, and beat goaltender Henrik Lundqvist far side. It was only a matter of time, considering that Hossa had 18 shots coming into tonight’s game, and four more against the Rangers before he scored 23 seconds into the extra period. Now that he’s finally knocked one home, there’s no stopping him.

What was the surprising statistic of the night?


The first two periods of the game flew by tonight (around an hour total), and there’s a pretty simple reason why – there weren’t any penalties. Hossa was whistled for interference with 4:42 left in the second period, the first penalty of the game. The Rangers took two penalties before the end of the second segment, so the stats sheet didn’t look too unusual by the end of the game, but it’s still surprising that an NHL game lasted that long without any trips to the penalty box.

What was the best goal of the night?


Even though Hossa’s goal won the game, Mikael Samuelsson’s tip-in 28 seconds into the game was the best goal of the night. Derek Meech fired a shot from the point, and Samuelsson redirected the puck, which was waist high, into the net behind Lundqvist. It takes incredible hand-eye coordination to pull off a play like that. Not to mention the fact that he tallied the opening marker so early into the game, a quick strike to get into Lundqvist’s head and the Rangers’ psyche.



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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