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Three Questions: Wings-Ducks

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 59th game

Friday, 02.20.2009 / 10:10 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Ducks
Who was the Wings’ star of the game?

Detroit forward Henrik Zetterberg stole the show Friday night in front of a sold-out Joe Louis Arena crowd.  Zetterberg got the offense rolling for the Wings, setting up their first goal.  With Anaheim defenseman Chris Pronger draped all over his back, Zetterberg walked up the boards, then threw the puck towards the goal for Dan Cleary to redirect in to tie the game.

Later on in the first period, Zetterberg set up the Wings’ second goal, working his magic behind the Anaheim goal.  After taking a pass from captain Nicklas Lidstrom, Zetterberg moved behind the net, looking around for someone out front.  He found his target in Pavel Datsyuk, who fired in his pass to take the lead for the Wings.

To top it off, Zetterberg picked up his 22nd goal of the season halfway through the second.  Camping out to the left of the slot, Hank took a pass from Datsyuk and fired a semi-slapshot past goaltender J.S. Giguere.  The Wings’ assistant captain did all this on  19:29 worth of ice time, and picked up four shots throughout the contest.

What was the turning point?

The Wings may have already had a big lead, but the five-on-three penalty kill by goaltender Ty Conklin and the Wings’ defensive specialists preserved the win for Hockeytown.  With Chris Chelios and Kris Draper in the box, the Wings killed off a 50-second five-on-three advantage, then killed off the rest of the Draper penalty afterwards.  It kept the lead at 4-1, but if the Ducks would have cracked the lead early in the third, the game could have ended very differently.  Credit goes to Conklin for keeping the puck out of the net during the big kill.  The Wings’ netminder turned aside 24 shots in the home win, moving his season record to 21-7-1.  He should stay sharp; Chris Osgood will be resting for the next ten days.

What was the best goal of the night?

I’m going with Johan Franzen’s goal in the third period.  The Mule, fresh off a hand injury, has shown no signs of slowing down in his second game back.  Early in the third period, Franzen forechecked hard in the Anaheim zone, then started to skate back after failing to uncover the puck.  He didn’t have to go far, however; the Wings’ power forward picked off a pass from Andrew Ebbett right in the Anaheim slot.  In one fluid motion, Franzen spun and fired the puck towards Giguere, which surprised the Anaheim goaltender.  The puck snuck past him, and Franzen recorded his 25th goal of the season to really put the game out of reach for Anaheim.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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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