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Three Questions: Wings-Avs

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 57th game

Sunday, 02.15.2009 / 8:03 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Avs
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How did the game change so drastically?

For the first 20:23 of Sunday’s game, the Red Wings looked like they may have run into trouble.  They gave up goals in the first 30 seconds of both the first and second periods, and the sell-out crowd at Joe Louis Arena was growing quiet.  Then, the Avalanche got into penalty trouble, and the Wings jumped at the opportunity.  Defenseman Scott Hannan went to the box, and the Wings’ power play unit went to work.  Pavel Datsyuk drew another penalty on Ruslan Salei for hooking, and during the delayed call, Dan Cleary redirected a Nicklas Lidstrom wrist shot into the back of the net for his 10th goal of the season.

Scoring on the delayed call meant that the Wings would have a full two-minute power play, with Salei serving the full duration of his hooking call.  Hannan seemed to disagree, and was sent to the sin bin for unsportsmanlike conduct.  His mistake gave the Wings a five-on-three advantage, and they wasted no time in tallying the game-tying goal.  It was Lidstrom to Cleary once again; the Wings’ captain played give-and-go with Datsyuk multiple times, then blasted a one-timer that Cleary once again got his stick on.  Cleary’s 11th goal of the season tied it up, and though the Wings weren’t able to finish on the rest of the five-on-four power play, the game’s momentum had swing drastically in favor of the Wings.

What was the save of the night?

The play that may have won the game for the Wings wasn’t a goal, but a gigantic save by goaltender Chris Osgood.  Just a few minutes after the Wings had tied the game with Cleary’s power-play goals, Colorado winger Marek Svatos found himself with the puck at the Detroit blue line, with nobody near him.  Svatos walked in on Osgood slowly, and then snapped a quick wrist shot heading for the top-right corner.  Osgood flung his glove up, and robbed Svatos from scoring a goal that would have killed the Red Wings’ comeback.

The save grew to be even more important, when Marian Hossa scored almost immediately after the TV timeout following Osgood’s big play.  Hossa took a pass from Valtteri Filppula, cut to the slot, and fired a wrist shot past goaltender Andrew Raycroft for his 32nd goal of the season, and the go-ahead goal for the Red Wings.   It was the final stage of the game turnaround, and it wouldn’t have happened without Osgood standing tall against Svatos.

Who was the Wings’ player of the game?


I’m going to go with captain Lidstrom.  In the first period, he had two shots that missed on a big five-on-three advantage.  One went just wide of the Colorado net, and one he rang just off the post.  But he didn’t let that stop him from still firing the puck on goal.  He was the man responsible for both of Cleary’s goals, firing them into positions that allowed the Wings’ rugged winger to get a stick on the puck.  He fired four shots on goal throughout the game, and, as usual, he ate up a lot of ice time, playing 28:00. 


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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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