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Three Questions: Wings-Ducks

DRW.com analyzes Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals

Wednesday, 05.13.2009 / 12:59 AM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Ducks
What happened in the last few minutes?

The Wings struggled out of the gates in Game 6, with the Ducks outshooting them until the third period.  But Detroit cranked it up a notch when they were down by two goals in the closing minutes.  The Ducks’ Andrew Ebbett was whistled for tripping with just over three minutes to go in the contest, and the Wings jumped at the opportunity.  Johan Franzen capped off a nice series of passing on the ensuing power play, firing in a pass from Jiri Hudler for his 8th goal of the postseason.  It gave the Wings 2:25 worth of time to try to find a tying goal.

Detroit couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity, however.  They pulled goaltender Chris Osgood with under a minute to go, and pressed hard.  But they first struggled to get the puck into the Ducks’ zone, and then they were robbed by goaltender Jonas Hiller with two minutes remaining.

Then the fight broke out.  The stars were on the ice, and that didn’t stop tensions from boiling over after the final buzzer.  It ended with Pavel Datsyuk dropping the gloves with captain Scott Niedermayer, Marian Hossa going at it with Ryan Getzlaf, and the rest of the remaining players involved as well.  Fifteen minutes after the contest, the online scoresheet was still being sorted out.  For the final penalty results from the fight, click here.

What went wrong?

The Wings fell behind early, and they were never able to climb out of the hole.  The Ducks outshot the Wings 12-8 in the first period, and the Wings weren’t helping their case by taking penalties.  The Wings took five penalties even before the postgame scuffle.  Two of them were delay-of-game penalties for shooting the puck over the glass in their own end.  Two more for holding, and one penalty for holding meant that the Wings were in the box with frustrating calls. 

How did Brian Rafalski look?

The good news for the Wings was that defenseman Brian Rafalski returned to the line-up, after missing the first five games.  Coach Mike Babcock must have liked what he saw, because Rafalski was out in the closing seconds as the Wings fought for the game-tying goal.  Rafalski didn’t seem to miss a beat, taking 27 shifts for 21:30 worth of ice time.  The Wings’ veteran defenseman was also feeling well enough to pick up a fighting major at the end of the contest, so he should be able to go for Game 7.

On the injury notes, Jonathan Ericsson was also able to play in Game 6.  Ericsson took a puck to the foot in Game 5, but the swelling wasn’t enough to keep him off the ice.  The rookie defenseman played 16:16 on 21 shifts.



 

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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