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Breakdown: Oilers-Wings

Dec. 3, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena

Thursday, 12.3.2009 / 10:00 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Breakdown: Oilers-Wings

The Red Wings scored late in the first period Thursday night, which seemed to change the game’s momentum. But in the second period, Patrick O’Sullivan scored two goals in under three minutes, and the game was out of reach for the Wings.

It might not be a night full of memories for many Wings fans, but it will be one for Jakub Kindl. The Wings defenseman played in his first NHL game, and he looked sharp while he was out there. The 22-year-old native of the Czech Republic wore number 46, and played 14:18. He recorded one shot on goal, and while he was minus-two, he helped generate scoring chances throughout the game. He also had a nice diving play three minutes into the second period which helped break up a two-on-one.

One of the lone bright spots for the Wings was Dan Cleary’s goal in the first period. With under a second remaining, Cleary fired a rocket off the post and into the net, just beating the buzzer for his sixth goal of the season.

Wings forward Justin Abdelkader led all Red Wings with six hits in the contest.

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

"I didn’t think we had the jump early on. I thought we gained some momentum late in the first period, but they got a couple lucky breaks, that went off our sticks, a couple of the goals, but they were working hard. They’re a hard working team, and they’re a fast team. Up front they have great speed and they use that speed, and we couldn’t respond on those goals."

The Wings are in danger of losing another player to injury, as defenseman Jonathan Ericsson left the game in the third period with assistance from teammates. Ericsson got tripped up behind the Wings’ goal, and his left ankle bent very awkwardly.

The Wings head to New Jersey for a game against the Devils on Saturday night.






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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 52 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 53 9 27 3 36
T. Tatar 52 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 53 14 15 -2 29
P. Datsyuk 38 8 20 12 28
J. Abdelkader 53 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 39 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 49 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 20 10 4 .933 1.97
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89