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Three Questions: Wings-Blues

DRW.com analyzes the Wings' 77th game

Thursday, 04.2.2009 / 10:32 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Blues
What was the goal of the night?

Johan Franzen’s 33rd goal of the season was a thing of beauty.  Four minutes into the third period, Franzen rushed the puck into the St. Louis zone along the right wing boards.  Coming in one-on-one with Backes, Franzen cut to the middle, putting a move on the Blues’ forward that actually made him fall over.  Franzen started to fall as well, but while he was in the air he fired a shot towards goaltender Chris Mason that beat the St. Louis netminder.  It was another highlight-reel goal for ‘the Mule’.

Who was the player of the game?

I have to go with Pavel Datsyuk.  The Wings’ assistant captain picked up a goal and an assist, and his goal was almost as impressive as Franzen’s.  Captain Nicklas Lidstrom started it all with the puck at the St. Louis blue line during the second period.   He wound up for a slapshot, which had the Blues thinking he was going to fire a shot towards their goal. Instead, Lidstrom sent a pass towards Datsyuk, who was able to spin and get his stick on it.  Using his backhand, Datsyuk redirected the puck towards the goal, which fooled Mason to give Datsyuk his 31st goal of the season.  Datsyuk played for 21:15, recorded seven shots, and finished plus-one.

What went wrong?

The Wings were unable to contain just one of the Blues, and it hurt them on the final scoreboard Thursday night.  Forward David Backes scored four of the Blues’ five goals on the evening, consistently putting the lead just out of reach for the Wings.  Even more costly for the Wings was the timing on some of Backes’ tallies during his career-high performance.  Twice the Blues’ forward scored within a minute of a Red Wings’ goal, both goals serving as momentum killers and frustrating for the Joe Louis Arena crowd.

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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