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Three Questions: Wings-Flames

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 27th game

Wednesday, 12.10.2008 / 10:30 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Flames
How did the Red Wings generate their comeback Wednesday night?

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.

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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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