Three Questions: Wings-Flames
DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 27th game
Calgary's lead seemed out of reach, but the Red Wings’ high-powered offense had other plans. Trailing by two goals halfway through the third, Dan Cleary and Henrik Zetterberg decided it was time to start the uphill climb. Cleary flew down the right boards, and fired a quick shot on the Calgary goal. Zetterberg, with his world-class speed, cut to the front of the net, and flipped the rebound up over goaltender Curtis Mcelhinney. The goal was just the spark the Red Wings needed.
Four minutes later, Brian Rafalski found himself with plenty of time and the puck on his stick, and decided to let a rocket go towards the opposing goal. His slapshot from the top of the right circle worked its way through a crowd of three skaters, and right past a screened Mcelhinney. Overtime, and the eventual win, ensued.
Who was the Wings’ star of the game?
Nicklas Lidstrom reminded the Hockeytown faithful why he’s considered the best defenseman in the game in the Wings’ 4-3 win, all with one whack of the puck. With the closing seconds ticking away in a thrilling overtime, Lidstrom found the puck just above the slot, and fired a ferocious blast into the Calgary goal, turning on the red light and sending the Red Wings to their locker room with an impressive comeback victory. The final play was the exclamation point on yet another superb effort from Detroit’s leader, who took 32 shifts for 25:21 worth of ice time, recorded five shots, and played mistake-free hockey.
What was the Wings’ best goal?
Valtteri Filppula scored the Wings’ first goal Wednesday, but the goal really goes to Kris Draper. Detroit’s face-off specialist showed off his puck skills on the goal, when he winded up for a fake slapshot. Instead of firing the puck on net, however, Draper fired a precision pass to Filppula, who just had to redirect the puck into the empty net for a backdoor goal. Without Draper’s fake, that goal would have never happened.