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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 - 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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59