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Breakdown: Sharks-Red Wings

Nov. 5, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena

Thursday, 11.5.2009 / 7:54 PM ET / Features
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Breakdown: Sharks-Red Wings

Sixty-five minutes wasn't enough Thursday night, as the Wings and the Sharks needed a shootout to decide the winner. The Wings' offensive stars came through when it mattered most, as Pavel Datsyuk opened the breakaway sessions with a goal, and Henrik Zetterberg scored to wrap up the big win for Detroit. At the other end of the ice, goaltender Chris Osgood continued his impressive outing, stopping both Dan Boyle and Ryane Clowe to do his part in the win.

Thursday was Zetterberg's night. The Wings were looking at a 1-0 deficit in the third period, until Zetterberg recorded his fourth goal of the season. Five minutes into the final regulation period, Zetterberg came charging through the slot, and found a rebound off captain Nicklas Lidstrom's blast from the point. He poked the puck into the open net, and sent the Joe Louis Arena crowd into a frenzy.  Zetterberg also had an impressive move to get the shootout winner, when he came in on Nabokov, deked to the right, then slammed on the brakes to cut to the left side and score.  On the night, he had 24:15 worth of ice-time, the most of any forward.  Zetterberg recorded three shots, won 10 face-offs, and was plus-one on the night.

Darren Helm had a great night for the Wings. The young forward was all over the ice, giving the Sharks fits along the way. Five minutes into the second period, he got the Wings fired up when he had two steals in one shift, both of which created scoring chances. Coach Mike Babcock was apparently impressed with his night, as he sent him out with 1:25 remaining in overtime. On the night, Helm had four shots, two hits, and two takeaways on 14:57 worth of ice-time.

The Wings held the Sharks scoreless on their three power-play opportunities. Also, Detroit recorded 16 shots in the third period. Both were important factors in the 2-1 win.

Here's what Zetterberg had to say about his shootout goal:

"Just wanted to try something different. Missed the last one, and sometimes you have to try something new, and it worked. ... It's always easy when it goes in."

Tonight was Budd Lynch Bobblehead Night at Joe Louis Arena. The organization honored their public-address announcer, who has been with the organization for 60 years. Lynch walked the red carpet to center ice before the game to accept a gift from the Ilitch family, and to drop the puck at a ceremonial face-off between captain Nicklas Lidstrom and San Jose's Dan Boyle.

The Wings head to Toronto for a Saturday night contest against the Maple Leafs. They return home for a game against former teammate Mikael Samuelsson and the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. To get tickets, 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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