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Young Wings are bringing spark

Tuesday, 06.2.2009 / 12:53 PM ET / News
By Larry Wigge  - NHL.com Columnist
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Young Wings are bringing spark
Rookies Jonathan Ericsson and Justin Abdelkader scored two of Detroit's goals in their 3-1 victory over Pittsburgh in Game 2 and have scored three of their six in the Stanley Cup finals to date.

With goals in each of the first two games, Abdelkader is the first rookie to score in consecutive finals games since Minnesota's Dino Ciccarelli scored in Games 1, 2 and 3 of the 1981 finals against the New York Islanders.

The only other Red Wings rookie to score goals in consecutive finals games was Gerry Brown in 1942 against Toronto.

Lidstrom on what young players can bring to a lineup: "Darren Helm had a chance to play in last year's playoffs, and Johnny came in in the month of March and had a chance to play some regular seasons and he's been with us ever since. So I think they're very excited about being in the finals, getting a chance to see what it's all about. You could throw ‘Abs’ in there, the way Abdelkader has played and scoring goals in the final.

"They bring a hunger that I think a team needs, especially with some of the older guys we have. You bring some youth and bring some hunger, and I think that sparks the whole team."

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89