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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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80