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Three Questions: Wings-Penguins

DRW.com analyzes Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals

Tuesday, 06.2.2009 / 10:57 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Penguins
What went wrong?

After playing to a 2-2 tie in the first period, the Wings had control of the game in the second.  The Wings outshot the Penguins 14-4 in the middle marker, but they failed to convert on their chances.   That gave the Penguins hope heading into the third period, and defenseman Sergei Gonchar’s power-play goal in the third period reinvigorated the Mellon Arena crowd.  The Wings had done a great job of keeping the crowd silent for the majority of the game, with their quick goals from Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen in the first period.  But when Gonchar scored, and the Penguins’ fans sensed a victory, they exploded, and it was one loud Mellon Arena during the Wings’ comeback bid.

Who was the Wings’ player of the game?

I have to go with Franzen.  He had an outstanding goal in the first period that gave the Wings’ a 2-1 lead.  He was standing in the slot, and Zetterberg fired a pass his way.  It was knocked down however, so Franzen had to stretch out to get to the loose puck.  Not only did he reign in the puck, but he fired a rocket to the top shelf at the same time.  The shot beat goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, and it gave Franzen his team-leading 12th goal of the postseason.

Franzen also picked up the secondary assist on Zetterberg’s goal in the first period.  He finished plus-one on 19:15 worth of ice-time.  He recorded two shots, one hit, and won the only face-off he took in the contest.
Credit also needs to go to goaltender Chris Osgood, even though the Wings pull out the win.  It certainly wasn’t Osgood’s fault.  After giving up two goals in the first, Osgood buckled down, and held the Wings in the game for as long as he could.  He ended up with 17 saves on the night.

What do the Wings need to do for Game 4?


To put it simply, they need to stay out of the box.  Even though they only took three penalties tonight, the Wings allowed goals on two of the penalty-kills.  Pittsburgh’s second and third goals came from their offensive defensemen on blasts from the point.  Since the Wings were shorthanded, they weren’t able to keep the traffic away from Osgood’s net-front.  No goaltender would be able to stop Gonchar’s shot.  There must have been at least three bodies screening Osgood as Gonchar’s shot came through.   

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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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