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Three Questions: Wings-Blues

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 69th game

Saturday, 03.14.2009 / 4:50 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Blues
What was the turning point of the game?

They scored four goals in the second period, but it was a ten-second momentum swing that won the game for the Red Wings.  The Blues carried a 1-0 lead into the first intermission, but Pavel Datsyuk’s 26th goal of the season tied it up 4:40 into the second period.  However, what happened in the very next play is what changed the game around.  Forward Valtteri Filppula made a great play to keep the puck in while St. Louis was trying to clear, and he fired a pass to Jiri Hudler near the slot.  Hudler made a quick pass over to Tomas Kopecky, who fired it past goaltender Chris Mason for his sixth goal of the season, and the 2-1 lead.

Brett Lebda picked off a pass seconds later, and fired it past Mason to give the Wings three goals in 46 seconds – a lead they never gave up.  Goaltender Chris Osgood picked up the win for Detroit, turning aside 30 shots to pick up his 300th win in a Red Wings jersey.

How did Marian Hossa look in his first game back?

Star forward Marian Hossa returned to the Wings’ line-up Saturday afternoon, skating for the first time after a violent crash in the boards in St. Louis 11 days ago.  Skating on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Dan Cleary, Hossa looked like he had never missed a beat.  On his first shift, he beat out an icing call, and he was flying around the ice for the rest of the game.  He skated for 15:06, and recorded three shots in his 20 shifts.

What was the goal of the afternoon?


Datsyuk got the Wings onto the score sheet early in the second, but it was his goal in the closing seconds of the middle frame that put the game away for the Wings.  After using his skate to knock down the puck, Datsyuk walked up the boards from the corner in the St. Louis zone, and he stopped near the right circle’s hash marks.  With no passing options, Datsyuk got creative with a shot.  He let a wrist shot go, lofting the puck through center Jay McClement’s legs.  Mason had no idea that the puck was coming towards him until it was in the back of the net.  With only 46 seconds remaining, the goal was the killer blow to the Blues. 

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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
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
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80