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Three Questions: Wings-Sharks's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' eleventh game

Friday, 10.31.2008 / 9:08 AM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Sharks
What led to the Marian Hossa goal?

The Red Wings came flying out of the gate in the second period, and tallied the first goal of the contest when Marian Hossa scored from the face-off dot only 35 seconds into the period.  However, Hossa needs to thank his linemates Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom for their forechecking on the play.  The trio rushed into the San Jose zone and caused some chaos, with Holmstrom jarring the puck loose near the right boards.  Hossa picked up the puck and whipped it towards the San Jose goal, beating goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

Who was the best player on the ice for Detroit?

The final score isn’t a fair measurement for how goaltender Ty Conklin performed between the pipes Thursday night.  The Detroit goaltender kept his team in the game in the first period, when San Jose peppered him with 12 shots in the first 20 minutes.  In the second period, he fell victim to multiple one-timers, a goalie’s worst nightmare.  You can’t blame Conklin, who made 29 saves, for the loss, because he kept the Wings within reach for as long as he could.

What went wrong?

I think all the long games have caught up to the Red Wings.  They’re in the midst of a road trip that brought them all the way across the country, and they haven’t been making it any easier on themselves.  In the first 10 games of the season for Detroit, five of them went to overtime.  Prior to the Sharks contest, the Wings skated to a regulation tie in three straight games.  All the extra ice time and a drastic time change can’t be easy on a hockey team.


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