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Three Questions: Wings-Penguins

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 14th game

Tuesday, 11.11.2008 / 10:20 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Penguins
What went wrong?

Two words – Jordan Staal.  The young Penguins center took over in the third period, with a performance that will be difficult to top for the rest of the season. The Red Wings carried a 4-2 lead into the third period, and bumped it up to 5-2 early in the period, but that didn’t mean much to Staal. He scored to make it 5-4 with 12 minutes remaining. Jiri Hudler scored to regain the two-goal lead, but that didn’t matter. Staal scored his second of the night with four-minutes remaining, and then, with 23-seconds left, he fired in a bouncing puck to tie up a game that appeared to be out of reach for the Penguins the entire third period.

But Staal wasn’t done yet. Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien put him right back out to start the extra period, and he didn’t find the scoresheet on his first shift, but he did on his second. The 20-year-old chased down Pavel Datsyuk during the Wings’ breakout, and picked his pocket. Staal curled at the blue line and fired over a pass to Ruslan Fedotenko, who scored the game-winner on a one-timer blast, and capping off one heck of a performance from a member of the famed Staal family.

Did any frustrations from last spring carry over into Tuesday’s Stanley Cup finals rematch?

Surprisingly, there wasn’t as much as I expected. Considering the teams spent three weeks battling with each other just a few months ago, I figured there would be some bitter feelings towards one another that would go on display early Tuesday night. Both the Red Wings and the Penguins were on good behavior through the first two periods, with only minor exceptions (Andreas Lilja and Eric Godard had a not-so-friendly discussion behind the Pittsburgh net, and there were words exchanged at the end of the second). The biggest hit through the first two periods came from an unlikely source, when Kris Draper reintroduced himself to superstar Evgeni Malkin, throwing him to the boards, then to the ice in the Detroit end during a Penguins’ power play.

How did Johan Franzen look in his first game back?

After sitting for five games due to an MCL sprain, Franzen was back on the ice, doing what he does best. After shaking off the rust in the first couple shifts, Franzen was back to his old self, racing around the ice and throwing around the body. He crashed the net hard, roughed it up along the boards on the forecheck, and used his net-front awareness to pocket himself a goal off a rebound in the second period. 

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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 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80