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Three Questions: Wings-Devils

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 13th game

Saturday, 11.8.2008 / 9:45 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Devils
Chris Osgood made a difference-making save on Devils left wing Patrik Elias in the second period of Saturday's game. (Photo by Dave Reginek)
What was the turning point of the game?

Chris Osgood’s save on Patrick Elias during the second period possibly won the game for the Red Wings. With the Devils on a power play at the time, Elias took a feed from the point, and redirected it in towards a wide-open net for a sure goal. Osgood, however, had another idea, diving back to the center of the crease to knock the puck down, and then jumped on the frozen rubber as it was about to roll into the goal. Instead of scoring, Elias knocked the net off it moorings, and Osgood received a standing ovation from the Joe Louis Arena crowd.

Besides the shot itself, what went into Marian Hossa’s second goal?

When you see Marian Hossa’s second goal of the night on highlight shows Sunday morning, you will see him walk in and beat goaltender Kevin Weekes all by himself. But Hossa never would have recorded his eighth goal of the season without his linemates Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom, who both played important roles on the play.
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Datsyuk started the play by using his stickhandling skills to get the puck out of the zone, and onto Hossa’s stick. After a quick maneuver around a New Jersey forechecker, Datsyuk sent a backhand saucer pass across two lines to Hossa. The newest Red Wing spun to catch the puck – turning, skating backwards, fielding the puck, then transitioning back to rush the puck into the Devils’ zone.

Holmstrom’s actions on the play were just as significant to the goal. As Hossa crossed the blue line, Homer crashed the net, which did two things. One, he drew a New Jersey defenseman over to him, which created an open lane for Hossa to skate in on. Two, he caught the attention of the goaltender. Coaches always instruct defensemen to take the player without the puck on a two-on-one, and have the goalie pay attention to the shooter.  But when you have Holmstrom charging at the net like a bull, it’s hard to stay focused on the other guy.

The end result is another goal for Hossa, but it never would have happened without his fellow forwards.

What went wrong for the Devils?

The problems for the Devils start from the crease outward. With the loss of future hall-of-famer Martin Brodeur, their rock-solid defense is starting to look shaky. Weekes not only let in three goals, but mishandled a lot of long shots and rebounds, which contributes to a lack of confidence for any team. Hossa’s first goal was a great shot, but Weekes should have been covering the post much closer, which would have kept the shot out. The early goal was a backbreaker for the Devils, and they never recovered.

 

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 50 17 18 23 35
H. Zetterberg 51 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 50 14 16 -3 30
G. Nyquist 51 14 13 -4 27
J. Abdelkader 51 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 36 6 18 10 24
M. Green 45 3 17 -8 20
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
D. DeKeyser 47 6 8 10 14
R. Sheahan 50 7 6 -15 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 18 10 4 .931 2.06
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89