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Three Questions: Wings-Lightning

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 15th game

Thursday, 11.13.2008 / 10:29 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Lightning
What was the turning point of Thursday night’s game?

This one should be pretty obvious – the Red Wings took care of business on their five-on-three powerplay to start the third period.  By the end of the second, Tampa Bay had three players hanging out in the penalty box, giving the Red Wings a two-man advantage for more than a minute and a half to start the final period.  Henrik Zetterberg scored his 10th goal of the season with 13 seconds left on the five-on-three to tie the game 2-2, with a little help from his friend Marian Hossa.  The newest Red Wing snapped his stick on a wrist shot just outside the Tampa Bay goal, but kept driving to the net and actually kicked the puck through goaltender Olaf Kolzig’s pads to Zetterberg, who swatted the puck into the empty net.

The timing on Zetterberg’s goal was incredibly important, however, because the Wings were able to stay on the powerplay.  Due to how many penalties the Lightning were trying to kill off, Adam Hall was stuck in the box, giving the Wings a full PP even after the goal.  And the Wings made it count.  Mikael Samuelsson fired a slap shot past Kolzig after a pass from Pavel Datsyuk, giving the Red Wings the lead, and they never looked back.

Who led the Red Wings to victory?

Henrik Zetterberg played yet another phenomenal game for the Red Wings.  Not only did he score the game-tying goal, but he set up Johan Franzen for the game-winning goal, on a pass that went through a Lightning defender’s legs, giving Franzen a wide-open net to shoot at.  He killed penalties, he played great in his own end, and he cleared but didn’t ice the puck with seconds left to run out the clock.  However, his most creative play didn’t end up on the score sheet, but deserves mentioning.  During the first period, Zetterberg was wrestling for the puck in the Tampa Bay end, and used some nifty footwork while doing so.  Hank actually stepped on the puck, pinned it to keep control, and then kicked the puck towards the Tampa Bay goal, trying to set up Valtteri Filppula.  Now, kicking the puck happens all the time, but I’m struggling to recall any times where I’ve seen a player purposely step on the puck, and actually control it.   

Who had an ‘awakening’ of sorts during the game?


Niklas Kronwall developed the nickname ‘Kron the Destroyer’ last spring, due to his devastating hits in the neutral zone during the playoffs.  Kronwall displayed one of his most impressive skills in the first few minutes Thursday night, when he stepped up near the Wings’ blue line to flatten Vaclav Prospal – his first big hit of the season.  The collision was reminiscent of many from last year’s playoffs, and it’s great to see Kronwall throwing around the body once again.   


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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