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Three Questions: Wings-Ducks

DRW.com analyzes Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals

Sunday, 05.3.2009 / 7:13 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Ducks
What happened?

In a game that spans three overtimes, the game-winner is usually going to be a fluke.  Such was the case in Game 2, as Anaheim center Todd Marchant beat goaltender Chris Osgood with a high shot 1:15 in.  Marchant, who had only five goals all of the regular season, picked up his first goal of the postseason to even the series at one game apiece. 

The Wings fired the puck towards the Anaheim goal all afternoon long, recording 62 shots to Anaheim’s 46.  The Wings outshot the Ducks 29-17 in the extra periods, but couldn’t beat goaltender Jonas Hiller.   It was a surprising outcome to a lengthy game; the Wings’ depth seemed like it would overcome a team that relied heavily upon their top line of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, and Bobby Ryan.  Ice-time leaders were Chris Pronger of the Ducks at 46:21, and Brad Stuart at 45:01.

What was the storyline in regulation?

The biggest difference from Game 1 to Game 2 was the special teams’ numbers.  The Ducks, who kept the penalty box door propped open in Game 1, took only two penalties in regulation, and one in overtime.  The Wings went 1-2 on man-advantage opportunities in regulation, and they didn’t score on their lone power play in overtime.  The Red Wings, however, took four penalties, all in regulation.  That gave the Ducks power-play chances early, which they capitalized on.  The two power-play goals for Anaheim kept the Wings playing catch-up, and they had to tie it just to force overtime.

Who was the Wings’ player of the game?

I’m going with defenseman Jonathan Ericsson.  The Wings’ rookie has been filling in for the injured Brian Rafalski on the top unit with Lidstrom, and he’s fitting in well.   Ericsson played for 42:36 worth of ice-time, fourth highest of any player, and spent 3:12 on the penalty kill.  He was plus-two, which is impressive when considering he was routinely playing against the Ducks’ top unit.  Though he didn’t pick up any points, he still had good stats at the end of the contest – three shots, seven hits, and five blocked shots. 

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 51 18 19 25 37
H. Zetterberg 52 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 51 15 17 -2 32
G. Nyquist 52 14 15 -2 29
J. Abdelkader 52 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 37 6 20 11 26
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 38 5 10 6 15
D. DeKeyser 48 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 19 10 4 .932 2.03
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89