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Three Questions: Wings-Oilers

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 74th game

Wednesday, 03.25.2009 / 12:35 AM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Oilers
How did the Wings turn this one around?

Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson must like his surroundings when he is in Edmonton; it’s the only NHL city where he has scored a goal.  The Red Wings’ defensive prospect scored his first NHL goal last February in Edmonton, and his second happened in the same building. With the Wings trailing 1-0 in the third period, Ericsson took a pass from his defensive partner Brian Rafalski, and fired a shot towards the Edmonton goal.  A screen in front of the goal, which consisted of Johan Franzen and Edmonton Steve Staios, caused Ericsson’s shot to change direction.  It fooled goaltender Dwayne Roloson, who had been frustrating the Wings all night, and Ericsson’s second career goal tied up the contest.

Rafalski’s assist was note-worthy as well, and not just because it set up the goal.  It was the defenseman’s 56th point of the season, which is a career-high marker for one of the Wings’ leaders.  Rafalski was sitting at third place in the defensive points race prior to the night’s game.

How did the Wings take the lead?


Franzen and Marian Hossa teamed up to finally push the Wings into the lead with 1:58 remaining.  Franzen grabbed the puck near the Detroit bench, and rushed towards the Edmonton zone.  After putting a move on Ales Hemsky at the blue line, Franzen faked a shot and flung a pass to Hossa in the slot instead.  Using his lightning-like release, Hossa fired the puck past Roloson for his 37th goal of the season.

What turned out to be the goal of the night?


Thirty-two seconds after Hossa’s goal, the Wings scored again, and it seemed to be icing on the cake.  Pavel Datsyuk won an offensive-zone face-off back to captain Nicklas Lidstrom.  Lidstrom walked inside the blue line, and fired a shot towards the Edmonton goal.  The slapshot was blocked, but the puck ricocheted over to forward Valtteri Filppula, camped out on the right side of the goal.  Filppula fired the puck into the Edmonton goal, giving the Wings a two-goal lead with his 11th of the season.

However, Edmonton winger Ales Kotalik scored on a one-timer at the 19-minute mark to move the Oilers within one goal.  The Wings held on to get the win, but the goal served to be all the more important when the final buzzer rang.  It should serve as a reminder that ‘the game isn’t over ‘til it’s over’, and also how important late-game face-offs are.  If Datsyuk didn’t win that face-off, who knows if the Wings would be leaving Edmonton with two points.   

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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
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80