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Three Questions: Wings-Ducks

DRW.com analyzes Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals

Wednesday, 05.6.2009 / 1:36 AM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Ducks
What happened at the end?

The Red Wings were staring down a one-goal deficit late in Game 3, and it looked like they had found a way to tie it up in the final minutes.  Forward Johan Franzen created a turnover behind the Anaheim goal, and threw the puck out in front of goaltender Jonas Hiller.  The puck rolled through Hiller’s legs, and was sitting just above the goal line.  Marian Hossa dove into the crease, and swatted the puck into the goal, but there was one problem – the whistle had blown.  With 1:04 remaining, the puck was in the Anaheim goal, but it didn’t matter.  NHL rules state that once the whistle has blown, the play is dead, and it cannot be overruled.  Instant replay showed that the nearest referee was in the corner, caught out of position because of the turnover.  As he rushed to the back of the net, he apparently lost sight of the puck, and blew the play dead.

The call was a devastating blow to the Wings’ comeback attempt, and they were unable to find another scoring chance.  The game ended with the gloves dropped; a shoving match between all ten skaters took place.  Pavel Datsyuk lost his helmet, and Henrik Zetterberg was pushing and shoving with Ryan Getzlaf.  It was an ending full of frustration, just like the last minute for the Wings. 

Who stole Game 3?

Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller is quickly becoming Detroit’s biggest villain.   The Wings fired 46 shots towards the young netminder Tuesday night, and he stopped 45 of them.  In the first three games, Hiller has stopped 138 shots the Wings have fired his way.  And he has held some of the Wings’ top scorers, like Datsyuk and Hossa, off the scoresheet.

Hiller held the Wings’ power play to a 1-4 outing, not enough goals for the league’s top man-advantage unit.  The Wings will be looking to find ways to get the puck around Hiller’s big frame in Game 4.  Hiller drops to the ice, and lets his big frame fill up the net while his legs cover the corners.  However, the Wings have seen goaltenders like him before, and they know how to beat him.

What about the physicality?


The Ducks were throwing the body around Tuesday night, as usual.  The problem, however, is that they are getting the Wings to take more penalties.  Detroit was in the box six times in Game 3, and while the Ducks only scored one power-play goal, it was still a problem.  When the Wings are killing penalties early, it wears out the penalty-killers, and it keeps the skilled players from being able to get scoring chances.  Four of the six Wings’ penalties were roughing or interference penalties, meaning that they were trying to combat the Ducks’ physical play.  The Wings certainly will try to cut down on the penalties as they head into Game 4 in Anaheim. 

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 52 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 53 9 27 3 36
T. Tatar 52 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 53 14 15 -2 29
P. Datsyuk 38 8 20 12 28
J. Abdelkader 53 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 39 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 49 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 20 10 4 .933 1.97
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89