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Conklin's off to another fast start

For third straight year, backup earns opening-week shutout

Monday, 10.10.2011 / 7:03 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Conklin\'s off to another fast start
DETROIT – What is it about the opening week of the season for Ty Conklin?

The veteran backup goaltender was brilliant in leading the Red Wings to a 3-0 victory at Colorado Saturday night. However, it was the third straight year that Conklin has pitched a shutout – all on the road – in the opening week of the season.

“I think anybody can have good starts, fast starts,” said Conklin, who made 29 saves Saturday. “But with this team you have opportunities to have these types of games a little more often than some places.

“It’s not to say that you don’t have to make saves and you don’t have to work hard to get wins. This team prides itself defensively. And it shows up in goalies’ stats a lots of times. It shows up in the amount of wins that you have, and it shows up in goals-against and it can show up in shutouts, too.”

For Conklin, who is in his ninth NHL season and second stint as a member of the Wings’ franchise, Saturday’s shutout was the 17th of his career, and the seventh for the Wings. He posted a single-season best six shutouts for Detroit in 2008-09.

Conklin toiled in St. Louis for the past two seasons with an 18-18-6 record and six shutouts. But two of his shutouts came in his second starts of the season. Last year he blanked the New York Rangers, and the year before he turned away 26 shots in a 5-0 shutout at Anaheim.

“With most goalies, they’re going to go through 10-12 games where they play really, really well,” Conklin said. “Just like teams where everything that you shoot goes in, and then there’s going to be stretches where it becomes harder. That’s just the way it goes. That’s just hockey. The biggest thing is extending those good streaks as long as you can and making hay when the sun is shining.”

Conklin had several such winning streaks in his first stint with the Wings when he was the backup to Chris Osgood. Now that Conklin is playing behind starter Jimmy Howard, he knows that manufacturing successful streaks can be easier said than done, especially in a backup capacity.

“It’s a role that I’ve fulfilled for most of my career,” Conklin said. “I’ve gotten used to it. Everybody wants to play, but there’s only one net. I think what a backup goalie strives for is that there’s not a big drop-off from when he plays. He’s fresh and he should be excited every time he’s playing.”

Another benefit to a backup goalie is that he gets tested early in a game, which Conklin certainly was when the Avalanche fired 11 first-period shots in his direction Saturday.

“I think one of the biggest differences for a backup, in the first 5-10 minutes of the game, usually it’s pretty quick,” he said. “It helped to get shots early in.”

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  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

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80