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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
5 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
6 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 53 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 54 10 27 4 37
T. Tatar 53 16 17 0 33
G. Nyquist 54 14 16 0 30
P. Datsyuk 39 8 21 13 29
J. Abdelkader 54 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 40 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 50 7 8 13 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 4 .934 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89