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Breakdown: Stars-Red Wings

Nov. 18, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena

Wednesday, 11.18.2009 / 9:30 PM ET / Features
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Breakdown: Stars-Red Wings

The Red Wings were trying to climb back from a two-goal deficit, and they nearly accomplished that feat. Henrik Zetterberg scored to make it 2-1, and the Wings had all the momentum on their side. Brad May thought he tied the game up with a backhand try around the 13-minute mark of the second, and so did the rest of Hockeytown. May’s shot appeared to be stopped and held by goalie Alex Auld for a face-off. But the Wings started celebrating, and a closer look on instant replay revealed that Auld made the save inside the net, and actually pinned the puck against the netting inside the goal. The referees ruled that the whistle had blown, however, and waved off the goal, even after a video review.

Zetterberg has continued his impressive play. He now holds a four-game point streak, after his ninth goal of the season. Zetterberg made a great play on the goal, cutting around the Dallas defense and protecting the puck with his body. He then switched to his forehand, and fired the puck past Auld. On the night, Zetterberg had 19:56 minutes of ice-time, four shots, and a plus-one rating.

The final score might not show it, but rookie goalie Jimmy Howard turned in another great game for the Wings. He turned aside 29 shots, and helped keep the Wings in the game for as long as he could. Howard is emerging as a solid back-up to Chris Osgood, and he’s earning his ice time.

The Wings lost the special-teams battle Wednesday. They struggled on the power play, going scoreless on four chances. Meanwhile, the Stars scored two power-play goals on five opportunities.

After the game, Zetterberg was asked about the controversial call on May's shot. Here's what he said:

“I was on the bench, didn’t really see the play, but I saw the replay, and the puck was in. But I guess the ref said he blew the whistle before so he couldn’t review it. I’m not sure about the rules there, but I guess they should know it, and unfortunately we didn’t get the goal. But I think we should have created more than that anyways.”

May dropped the gloves, going toe-to-toe with Krystofer Barch at the 7:21 mark of the second period. The Wings’ rugged forward got some impressive left hooks in, and the two combatants exchanged blows for over 30 seconds.

The Wings continue their homestand when they welcome the Florida Panthers to Joe Louis Arena on Friday night.  Get tickets by CLICKING 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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