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Three Questions: Wings-Flames

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 19th game

Sunday, 11.23.2008 / 1:04 AM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Flames
Who got the job done for the Red Wings Saturday night?

In the course of an NHL season, a team will excel only if they get point production from the entire roster.  With Detroit’s depth, that isn’t a problem.  The Red Wings’ big guns got some help from the secondary scoring Saturday night, with Kirk Maltby and Brett Lebda finding their way to the score sheet.  Maltby tipped in the first goal of the game on a great backhand pass from Andreas Lilja, and Brett Lebda fired home a wrist shot from the top of the slot, beating goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff to the far post.  With the injuries to Dan Cleary and Tomas Holmstrom, the Red Wings needed everybody to step up, and won 5-2 over Calgary in an inspired team effort.

What was the turning point?


Eleven minutes into the third period, Henrik Zetterberg won a battle along the Calgary boards, and made an impressive blind-backhand pass to Jiri Hudler.  Hudler, who rushed out onto the ice for goaltender Ty Conklin during a delayed penalty, let a laser go from the left face-off dot, and Kiprusoff was left basking in the goal light.  The Red Wings regained the lead, 3-2, with the Hudler goal, and they never looked back.  It wastes another clutch performance for Hudler, who has been one of the hottest Red Wings of late.  He has had three consecutive multi-point games, and has six on the season.  To put it in some perspective, Hudler had eight multi-point games all of last year, and he played in 81 games.  He finished with six shots and a plus-three rating in only 11 minutes of ice time.

Who finished the night off?


With the Red Wings clinging to a 3-2 lead late in the third, center Pavel Datsyuk decided it was time to put the game out of reach.  After fielding a pass from Valtteri Filppula at center ice with his foot, Datsyuk came in on Calgary star defenseman Dion Phaneuf.  And Phaneuf was left looking for his equipment as Datsyuk deked him out of his pads with a cutback backhand move under Phaneuf’s stick.  Then, with defenseman Mark Giordano breathing down his back, Datsyuk rifled the puck past Kiprusoff from the left face-off dot.  With 1:31 remaining, Datsyuk’s strike was enough for the Red Wings to breathe easily in the last seconds of the contest, but Marian Hossa made sure it would end the right way with an empty-net goal of his own.

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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