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Three Questions: Wings-Flames

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 73rd game

Tuesday, 03.24.2009 / 12:13 AM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Flames
What went wrong?

The Wings fell behind early, and they were never able to overcome the early deficit Monday night.  Detroit led in a statistic they don’t normally do so with – penalties.  The Wings took four penalties in the first two periods, which doesn’t sound like many.  But the Flames only took one penalty, and they took it early.  The Wings were on a power play 1:07 into the game, and they didn’t see another opportunity for rest of the game.  This meant that the Flames had plenty of opportunities to test goaltender Chris Osgood.  They also held the game’s best power play unit at bay, which let Calgary goaltender Miika Kiprusoff find his groove between the pipes.  The Wings made a great attempt at a comeback, charging back from a 3-0 deficit, but without any power-play chances, it was too much to overcome.

What was the goal of the night?


With the Wings attempting to stage a miraculous comeback, forward Jiri Hudler turned in an impressive individual effort on Detroit’s third goal.  Taking a great long pass from defenseman Brian Rafalski, Hudler charged toward the Calgary zone.  However, he was about to be cut off by all-star defenseman Dion Phaneuf as he approached Kiprusoff. Hudler cut towards the center of the ice, and flipped the puck over Phaneuf’s stick as he spun to stop the Detroit winger.  Hudler finished off the play by firing a wrist shot through Kiprusoff’s legs, giving him his 22nd goal of the season.

Who else scored for the Wings?


Forward Pavel Datsyuk reached a personal milestone Monday night, when he fired in the Wings’ first goal.  A line combination of Datsyuk, Marian Hossa and Johan Franzen applied pressure in the Calgary zone near the end of the second period, and it paid off for Detroit.  Franzen ended up with the puck in the slot, and he fired a shot towards Kiprusoff.  The Flames’ goaltender made the initial stop, but Datsyuk grabbed the rebound.  Standing just above the goal line, Datsyuk blasted the puck into the empty goal, giving him his 30th goal of the season.  The tally put him within one goal of his personal best; Datsyuk scored 31 goals last season.

Franzen recorded the Wings’ other goal, picking up his 31st of the season in the third period.  The Wings’ rugged forward carried the puck into the Calgary zone, and with a quick toe drag, cut to the center of the ice and fired a wrist shot through defenseman Jordan Leopold’s legs.  The shot surprised Kiprusoff, but it didn’t matter anyways; Franzen put the puck right off the right post and into the back of the net.

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 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