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Three Questions: Wings-Blackhawks

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 26th game

Saturday, 12.6.2008 / 9:47 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Blackhawks
What was the turning point?

With a quick flick of the wrists, the entire game changed Saturday night.  The strange part? Ty Conklin’s wrists were the ones responsible.  The Detroit goaltender fielded a loose puck just below the slot in front of his crease and fired a rocket across the ice to Johan Franzen.  Franzen brought the puck across the Chicago blue line and hit a streaking Henrik Zetterberg, who redirected the puck into the back of the Blackhawks’ net for his 12th goal of the season.  The Detroit marker made the game 4-3, bringing the Wings within one goal. It was all because of Conklin’s quick thinking and on-ice vision; not to mention the fact that it was a great pass – it’s not easy firing a saucer pass across the ice with a goalie glove and stick.

Conklin came through at the end as well.   He stood tall against Chicago’s superstars in the shootout, going three-for-three against Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, and Patrick Kane.  His shootout performance was highly impressive as he guided the Wings to a 5-4 win.

What was the Wings’ best goal of the game?

With the exception of Zetterberg’s goal (which I already discussed), Marian Hossa’s game-tying goal gets the nod.  At the halfway point of the third, the Red Wings made use of the momentum from Zetterberg’s tally when Hossa worked his magic to notch his 15th goal of the season.  Dan Cleary hit him with a great pass as they closed in on the Blackhawks’ goal, and Hossa used his great stick skills to beat goaltender Cristobal Huet.  Only a few feet from the Chicago goal on the right side, the Wings’ scoring leader pulled the puck to his forehand and roofed the puck.  Hossa showed great patience to pull it back to the forehand, and the precision-like shot was a thing of beauty.

What’s there to be excited about for the Winter Classic?

Tonight’s match-up was a great preview for the showdown at Wrigley Field on New Year’s Day.  The talent on both these squads was on full display in the shoot-out thriller.  Hossa and Zetterberg scored for the Wings.  Toews, the young captain of the Blackhawks, added two highlight-reel goals.  I couldn’t help but watch this game and get excited for the possibilities of what could happen during the Winter Classic.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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