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Three Questions: Wings-Ducks

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 43rd game

Wednesday, 01.14.2009 / 10:57 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Ducks
What was the game-changing moment?

Halfway through the third period, Dan Cleary took it upon himself to tie up the game.  The tough forward, who has been playing on the wing with Henrik Zetterberg and Marian Hossa, grabbed the puck in the Anaheim corner, and started to move up the boards towards the hash marks.  Protecting the puck from Ducks’ captain Scott Niedermayer, Cleary pulled a toe drag move on Bobby Ryan and headed towards the center of the ice.  At the top of the circle, Cleary fired off a quick snap shot, and picked his spot with precision – beating goaltender J.S. Giguere top shelf right off the cross bar.  From that point forth, it was all Wings as they pulled away for the 4-3 win.

What was the play of the night?


The Ducks sent a late flurry of action Chris Osgood’s way, and he stood his ground in front of the Detroit net to preserve the win.  His most impressive save came in the last 20 seconds, when he robbed Corey Perry of a sure goal to tie the game.  Perry’s eyes must have lit up when he watched a rebound land right on his stick, with an empty net in front of him.  But Osgood dove across the crease, stretching his leg and glove arm out, and knocked away the Perry shot.  Osgood turned away 25 shots to capture the win on the road, but that stop served as the most important and the most timely.

What was the goal of the night?

The game-winning goal of the night was also the most impressive.  Johan Franzen might be getting a call from the Tigers soon if he keeps scoring goals out of midair.  Franzen scored his second midair goal of the month by smacking in a rebound from a Pavel Datysuk shot.  Franzen hit the puck over Giguere’s shoulder, just below the cross bar.  The goal was under video review, but it was deemed a good goal by the video reviewers.  Franzen should be used to having to wait on his goals, after a tally in Minnesota on January 3 was reviewed as well.    

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
5 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
6 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 53 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 54 10 27 4 37
T. Tatar 53 16 17 0 33
G. Nyquist 54 14 16 0 30
P. Datsyuk 39 8 21 13 29
J. Abdelkader 54 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 40 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 50 7 8 13 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 4 .934 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89