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Breakdown: Thrashers-Wings

Nov. 25, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena

Wednesday, 11.25.2009 / 9:51 PM ET / Features
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Breakdown: Thrashers-Wings

Halfway through the second period, the Wings got burned by one of their former teammates. Slava Kozlov took a pass from Atlanta captain Ilya Kovalchuk behind the Wings' defense, and walked in on a breakaway. Kozlov put a move on goaltender Jimmy Howard, and beat him five-hole. It gave the Thrashers a two-goal lead, and they never let the Red Wings get back into the contest.

Though he won't get the victory Wednesday night, Howard turned in another great game for the Red Wings. The young netminder made 23 save on the night, including stops on the talented Kovalchuk. He did as much as he could to keep the Wings in the game, but he wasn't able to get any help from the offense.

He couldn't find the scoresheet, but I thought Pavel Datsyuk had an impressive game for the Wings. He ran into a hot goaltender in Ondrej Pavelec, but pulled all his usual creative moves with the puck to try to beat him. At one point, Datsyuk even flipped the puck over the net from behind the goal, which almost broke the shutout for the Wings. On the night, Datsyuk had 21:01 of ice-time, along with four shots, three takeaways, and seven face-off wins.

The Wings fired 40 shots at Pavelec Wednesday night, including 19 in the first period. He stopped all of them, giving the Thrashers only their third win in franchise history over the Wings.  It was the Wings' first time this season the Wings failed to record a goal.

Here's what captain Nicklas Lidstrom had to say after the game:

"When we're not able to score the goals, it's hard to win games. I thought we battled hard, I thought we came out hard in the first period. In the second I thought we let them into the game a little bit too easy, but in the third i thought we kept working hard. But right now we're not able to score the goals." 

Derek Meech played in his seventh game of the season against the Thrashers. He had five shifts for 3:45. Patrick Eaves was a healthy scratch.

The Wings continue their homestand when they welcome the Calgary Flames to Joe Louis Arena on Friday night. The game is SOLD-OUT, but you can still get tickets through Ticketmaster's TicketExchange: CLICK HERE.




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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 53 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 54 10 27 4 37
T. Tatar 53 16 17 0 33
G. Nyquist 54 14 16 0 30
P. Datsyuk 39 8 21 13 29
J. Abdelkader 54 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 40 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 50 7 8 13 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 4 .934 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89