Three Questions: Wings-Blues
DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 69th 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.