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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 - 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