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Three Questions: Wings-Blues

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 50th game

Monday, 02.2.2009 / 9:54 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Blues
How did Kris Draper celebrate his big day?

Tonight’s game against St. Louis marked center Kris Draper’s 1,000th NHL game.  Draper, the Wings steady defensive specialist, celebrated his night the way he knows best – killing off penalties and leading the Wings to a 4-3 victory.  The 37-year-old spent 4:47 worth of his 12:50 ice time on the penalty kill, and he did it well.  He also went five-of-11 on the face-off dot, the area he dominates better than arguably anyone in the NHL.  And, for a little icing on the cake, Draper picked up an assist on Kirk Maltby’s goal in the first period.

Draper was honored for his achievement early in the game as well.  Coach Mike Babcock gave him the start, putting him up front with Marian Hossa and Pavel Datsyuk for the opening face-off.  Then, during the first TV timeout, the Red Wings played a video honoring the Detroit assistant captain, followed by a standing ovation from the Hockeytown faithful and players.

Who was the star of the night for the Wings?

Hossa turned in another impressive performance Monday night, recording two goals in the contest.  In the second period, the Wings’ leading goal scorer took a high wrist shot on goaltender Manny Legace, and it handcuffed the former Red Wing.  Jumping up to make the save, Legace got a piece of the puck, but it still found its way to the net, giving Hossa his 25th of the season.  Five minutes later, it was Hossa again, this time taking the puck along the left-side boards and driving to the net.  The Wings’ sniper waited for defenseman Barret Jackman to attack him at the face-off dot, and he used Jackman’s legs as a screen to fire the puck past Legace on the far side of the St. Louis goal.

But he wasn’t done yet.  Hossa capped off the shoot-out win when he walked in on Legace, sped up a bit, then all of a sudden let a laser of a wrist shot go that beat Legace top-shelf.  The puck came flying out of the net as fast as it went in, but it didn’t matter; the puck crossed the line and the Wings drove home with two points.

How did the Red Wings snap out of the skid?


Two words: Chris Osgood.  The Wings goaltender turned away 30 shots throughout the contest, but he really stood on his head during overtime.  Osgood turned away five shots, stopping the Blues’ offensive attack point-blank to keep the Wings alive and force it to a shootout.  There, he stood his ground, first stopping T.J. Oshie on a hard wrist shot.  He got beat by sniper Brad Boyes, but regained his composure to force David Perron into missing the net on the game-tying attempt.  Without Osgood, the Wings wouldn’t have come out on top.

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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