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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.


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
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
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