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Three Questions: Wings-Wild

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 55th game

Thursday, 02.12.2009 / 10:10 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Wild
What was the play of the night?

It wasn’t the game-winner, but Ville Leino’s goal with 2:45 remaining in the second period was the final tally the Wings needed to put the game away.  Detroit jumped ahead in the second period with two goals in 50 seconds at the halfway mark of the second period, but Leino’s third career goal was the back-breaker.  The Wings’ rookie nearly leaped to grab a rebound out of midair on the left side of the Minnesota net.  He caught the puck, threw it to the ice, and then curled around the back of the net.  With a quick flick of the wrists, Leino completed the wrap-around goal, giving the Wings’ a three-goal lead.  The Wings clamped down on the lead in the third, and came away with the 4-2 win.

Who was the Wings’ star of the game?

The scoring explosion in the second period can be pinned on one player – Marian Hossa.  The Wings’ leading goal-scorer left his mark on the assist column Thursday night instead, but he was still the biggest factor on both plays.  On the Wings’ second goal of the evening, Hossa came flying over the Minnesota blue line, and caught a pass from Jiri Hudler in his skates as he cut to the center of the ice.  Moving towards the left side of the offensive zone, Hossa pulled the Minnesota defense towards him, and then fired a pass between both of them to a wide-open Hudler, who fired a one-timer into the back of the net.

Hossa stayed on the ice after the goal, and picked up another assist while the Wings were in the midst of a line change.  He grabbed the puck in the Minnesota zone, and started looking around for a pass as he cut towards the goal line.  With no options presenting themselves to Hossa, he curled around the back of the net, and cut back up to the blue line.  That’s when the seam opened up for Hossa to make a pass cross-ice to Kris Draper, who caught the pass and fired a slapshot through goaltender Josh Harding for his fourth goal of the season.      

Who was responsible for the Wings’ first goal?

Since being called up from Grand Rapids, Darren Helm has been performing well for the Wings, and it showed Thursday night.  Helm showcased his speed and grit throughout the contest, but it was most evident in the Wings’ first goal of the night.  Helm chased down the Minnesota defensemen deep in their end, and caused a turnover instead of a breakout play.  The Wings jumped on the opportunity, and Helm headed towards the front of the net.  As Brett Lebda wound up for a slap shot, the young center parked himself right in the sight-line of Harding.  The Minnesota goaltender wasn’t able to see the shot, so he wasn’t able to control the rebound, which allowed Mikael Samuelsson to bury the rebound for his 15th goal of the season, and the early lead.

SCHEDULE

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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 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80