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Breakdown: Wings beat Chicago, 3-2

Thursday, 10.8.2009 / 10:36 PM ET / Features
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Breakdown: Wings beat Chicago, 3-2

The Factor

The Wings were down 1-0 in the second period, and staring down a five-on-three penalty kill for 1:53. The situation didn’t scare Niklas Kronwall, who stepped in front of a rocket from the point to help kill off the penalties. The Wings escaped, and then found themselves on a power play a few minutes later. That’s when captain Nicklas Lidstrom was able to tie up the contest with his first goal of the season. From then, it was all Red Wings. 

Hockeytown Hero

Coming into the game, goaltending and team defense were hot topics surrounding Hockeytown. Goalie Chris Osgood reminded Wings' fans why he’s one of the top goalies in the game Thursday night, as he turned aside 32 shots to pick up his first win of the season. His best save came five minutes into the third period, when John Madden came flying in on a breakaway. Osgood did the splits to rob Madden with his left leg, and kept a 3-1 Detroit lead intact.

Catalyst

Brad Stuart was all over the ice in the Wings’ win, skating for 22:29. He spent 4:55 of that time on the penalty-kill, the most time of any Red Wing. He deserves a lot of credit for the Wings holding the Blackhawks to one goal on five different power-play opportunities. He was also a physical force, firing up the Wings and the Joe Louis Arena crowd with five hits, also a team-high.

Inside the Stats Sheet

The most important numbers on the stats sheet Thursday was the zeroes in the scoring columns for the Blackhawks’ top talent. The Wings held Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Brian Campbell completely off the score sheet in the 3-2 win. All three had at least 20 minutes of ice-time in the contest.

Heard in the Locker Room

After the game, Osgood was asked if he believed tonight’s game was a ‘must-win’ or a statement game after the Wings started the season 0-2 in Sweden. Here’s what the Wings’ netminder had to say:

“It was a good test for us. To be honest, it felt like the season started today. Everything’s been pretty much a circus for us, and to come back here and get into some type of a routine and play in a game like we normally would was great. It was great to get the win, but do I think we played as good as we can? Definitely not.”

Quick Hit

The Wings signed veteran forward Brad May to a contract this morning, and had him inserted into the line-up by the time the puck dropped. May, known around the league for being hard-nosed and physical, wasted no time introducing himself to the Blackhawks, and to the Joe Louis Arena crowd. Ten minutes into the game, he dropped the gloves with Radek Smolenak. The two exchanged blows, and May ended up driving Smolenak to the ice. On the night, May had 10 shifts for 6:20 worth of ice time, and he was plus-one with one shot and two hits.

Next Up

The Wings welcome Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals to Joe Louis Arena on Saturday.  The Wings defense will be focused on ‘Alexander the Great’, who has five goals and four assists in four games this season. ... For tickets to Saturday's game, CLICK HERE



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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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