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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 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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