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Three Questions: Wings-Blue Jackets

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 22nd game

Friday, 11.28.2008 / 10:12 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Blue Jackets
What was the play of the night?

Well this one is pretty simple. With just over two-minutes remaining, the Blue Jackets took a timeout, which gave the Wings’ line of Marian Hossa, Pavel Datsyuk and Dan Cleary time to rest. They lined up for a face-off in the Columbus end, and Hossa decided it was time for the Wings to retake the lead. Datsyuk did his part, partially winning the face-off towards the slot. Hossa darted into the face-off dot, fielded the bouncing puck, and kicked it up to his stick. Then, while he was running out of real estate, he beat un-expecting goaltender Pascal Leclaire from just above the goal line for his second goal of the game, and most importantly, the game-winner.

How did Dan Cleary look in his first game back?

After missing eight games due to an eye infection, Cleary was back in action Friday night. He skated on a line with Jiri Hudler and Valtteri Filppula, and didn’t look out of place one bit. Cleary made it clear he was back and ready to play with his down-low presence, mucking it up and fighting for the puck along the boards. He was able to control the puck in the trenches, which is one of the hardest things to do with an eye problem. Being able to play with the puck in his feet and using his peripheral vision showed that he’s seeing just fine. Babcock seemed to agree, as the rugged forward saw 14:53 worth of ice time, and was moved up to Datysuk and Hossa’s line late in the game, including on the power play. And Cleary made his promotion count, picking up an assist on Hossa’s first goal of the night, and finishing plus-one on the night.

Who stood up to the questionable Columbus’ hits?

The Blue Jackets were taking some liberties all game, throwing some questionable hits throughout the game. Defenseman Mike Commodore and winger Jared Boll were leading the charge, but Andreas Lilja decided that he had seen enough halfway through the second. After a previous attempt to exchange fisticuffs, Lilja found his dance partner in the form of Boll. The two went at it along the boards at center ice, and Lilja landed the early haymaker that knocked off Boll’s helmet. He got a couple licks in, but Lilja won the battle, and drove Boll to the ice before the linesmen broke it up. Needless to say, there weren’t as many hits thrown after Lilja took matters into his own hands – or fists.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59