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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.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
5 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
6 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 53 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 54 10 27 4 37
T. Tatar 53 16 17 0 33
G. Nyquist 54 14 16 0 30
P. Datsyuk 39 8 21 13 29
J. Abdelkader 54 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 40 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 50 7 8 13 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 4 .934 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89