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Three Questions: Wings-Ducks

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 24th game

Monday, 12.1.2008 / 10:10 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Ducks
What was the storyline in Monday’s game?

Shots, shots, and more shots, and they all came from Detroit. Anaheim goalie J.S. Giguere started the game, but was taken out at the start of the third due to dehydration – though it could have been from shell shock. At the end of the first period, Detroit dominated the shot clock, 19-5. At the end of the second period, the Red Wings held a 38-9 shots on goal advantage. Needless to say, the Red Wings took it to the Ducks in the first two periods. They had nine scoring chances in the first alone, as opposed to Anaheim’s two. The only problem was that Giguere stood on his head, turning shot after shot away, until Johan Franzen was able to deflect in a Nicklas Lidstrom slap shot 14 minutes into the second period.

Who got it done for the Red Wings?

Detroit’s top clutch performers came through once again Monday night. As mentioned above, Franzen finally cracked the invisible force field around the Anaheim goal, notching his 11th goal of the season. He got help, however, from Lidstrom, who took a rocket of a shot from the point, and from Henrik Zetterberg, who did a great job down low just to get it to the blue line.

Then Marian Hossa took over, scoring another third-period goal. He took advantage of the goaltending swap, burning Jonas Hiller from just inside the right circle after a nice feed from Dan Cleary. Hossa’s goal marked the 14th of the season for the newest Red Wing, and his 27th point, both tops on Detroit’s roster. It was only a matter of time for Hossa to find the net, after he turned in a terrific performance the entire game. He had four shots in 12:43 worth of work.

Who deserves credit for the win?

His numbers might not be that gaudy, but I’m going with Chris Osgood. He let one in early, and didn’t see a lot of work afterwards, but he kept his focus. It’s not easy for a goaltender to watch 38 shots down at the other end while only seeing nine at his. Osgood stood tall when the Ducks started pouring it on late, turning away six shots in the third against an offense that can certainly pack a punch. He made a big stop on Corey Perry with 1:03 left with a big screen in front. Then he got a little help from his defense, who kept the puck out of the Detroit zone for the majority of the final minute. But it was Osgood who sealed the deal for the Wings, giving them an all-time record of 23-3-3 against Anaheim at Joe Louis Arena.

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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