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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 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