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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 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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