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Three Questions: Wings-Canucks

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

Monday, 11.3.2008 / 1:07 AM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Canucks
How did the Red Wings win their last game of the road trip?

Whoever wins the special-teams battle usually wins hockey games, as the Red Wings proved with their 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks Sunday night.  Detroit had four power play opportunities in the contest, while Vancouver had seven.  The Red Wings scored on three of their man advantages, and the Canucks scored on none.  Needless to say, the Wings will be able to win a lot of hockey games when keeping the opposition from scoring on the PP.

Goaltender Chris Osgood played his role of lead penalty killer well, making saves at all the right times and handling the traffic and scrums in front of his net during the Canucks’ comeback attempt.  Osgood’s power play unit helped him out at the other end, with Mikael Samuelsson, Brian Rafalski, and Henrik Zetterberg all tallying goals on the advantage. 

Who was the star of the game for the Red Wings?


Henrik Zetterberg was up to his usual self Sunday night, contributing on two of the three Detroit goals while taking care of business in the defensive zone at the same time.  Hank set up the first goal with an impressive backhand pass under a Vancouver defenseman’s stick to set up Samuelsson’s goal.  His goal was a thing of beauty as well.  After taking a feed from Samuelsson in the corner, Zetterberg crept along the goal line looking for a passing lane.  None were available, so Zetterberg took matters into his own hands, walking out in front of goaltender Roberto Luongo and patiently waiting until he found a hole to sneak the puck through.  He also spent 5:38 on the penalty kill, and helped wrap up the win as the part of the five-man unit out in the closing seconds of the contest.

What was the goal of the night?

Zetterberg’s goal was spectacular, but Rafalski’s impressed me even more, due to the puck movement and teamwork involved.  Captain Nicklas Lidstrom got the play rolling from his usual position as power play quarterback, slinging a cross-ice pass to Pavel Datsyuk.  Datsyuk didn’t pause to stickhandle one bit, instead sending a one-touch pass back to the middle so Rafalski could fire a one-timer into the back of the net.  The play made the Detroit power play look like it was running to perfection, with the players dishing the puck around at such a quick rate, and sending the puck past Luongo just as fast.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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