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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 - 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
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80