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Wings win 7-4 thriller over Ducks
Detroit defeated the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday evening at Joe Louis Arena, 7-4, to give the Wings six wins in seven games. Forward Henrik Zetterberg scored a hat trick (three goals in the third period), including the game-winner and an empty-netter, to outlast the Ducks. It marked the first time a Wing has recorded a hat trick since Hank did so on March 19, 2008. Due to the injury situation, coach Mike Babcock moved Ville Leino to a line with Zetterberg and Dan Cleary. The trio hit it off with eight combined points in the game. Goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 19 shots playing in his third straight game, which has resulted in a boost of confidence in the crease.
DRW bloggers chimed in with their thoughts about the win: Abel to Yzerman, Babcock’s Death Stare, Big Red Machine, Hockeytown Static, Octopus Thrower, On the Wings, Red Wings Blog, Snipe Snipe, Dangle Dangle, The Production Line, The Scrappy Octopus, The Triple Deke, and Winging It In Motown.
In Other News
- The Detroit News writes that The Hockey News put together a panel that determined captain Nick Lidstrom is still the league’s best defenseman at the age of 39.
- Craig Custance of The Sporting News argues that the Wings have the deepest front office in the NHL.
- Chris McCosky of The Detroit News notes how youngsters like Justin Abdelkader have given the team a boost during this injury situation. Speaking of Abdelkader, enforcer Brad May gave him some fighting technique tips after a recent practice according to MLive.com.
- Puck Daddy names Lidstrom’s 2005-06 season as the sixth best individual stats season of the decade.
- The Wings like how their waiver pickup Drew Miller is fitting in with the team, particularly on the penalty kill.
- With Chris Osgood out with the flu, the Wings had called up Daniel Larsson from Grand Rapids to fill in as backup keeper.
- Kyle at Winging It In Motown ranks the Wings’ three most promising collegiate prospects.