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Three Questions: Wings-Kings

DRW.com's MIchael Caples analyzes the Wings' ninth game

Monday, 10.27.2008 / 11:42 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Kings
What was the turning point of the contest?

Facing a one-goal deficit in the third period, the Red Wings were controlling the play, looking for the tying goal.  With a combination of luck and being in the right place at the right time, Valtteri Filppula picked off an errant pass from defenseman Denis Gauthier.  The 24-year-old center made no mistake, beating the Kings’ goaltender Jason Labarbera far side on his blocker to tie the game for Detroit.  The Wings never looked back, and wrapped up the 4-3 win in a shootout.

What was the best goal of the game?


With the Red Wings on the power play in the middle of the second period, Hossa picked up the puck in the neutral zone and rushed into the Los Angeles zone.  As he came in, he broke in between the Kings’ defense, and ripped a wrist shot.  The puck beat Labarbera to the far post, again on the blocker side.  Hossa utilized his speed and his quick release to both surprise and beat the defense and Labarbera for his fifth goal of the season.

What was the strangest part of the night?


Forward Tomas Kopecky was aggressively forechecking like usual in the first period, when he checked Gauthier in the Los Angeles corner.  However, right after the hit, the play was blown dead, and neither of the players were seriously hurt.  Afterwards, instant replay showed that during the hit, Kopecky’s arm went directly through the glass.  I’ve seen the glass on boards break before (in fact, it happened just last week in a Boston Bruins game), but I don’t think I’ve ever seen somebody’s arm go right through it.  Luckily neither of the players were hurt.



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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 PLAYOFFS
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