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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 - 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
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80