Red Wings-Thrashers: Red Wings Take Out Atlanta in Detroit

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IOctober 24, 2008

The Detroit Red Wings were able to handle the Atlanta Thrashers with ease in Friday night's 5-3 win at Joe Louis Arena.

The Wings dominated play, outshooting the Thrashers in every period and 45-33 overall in the game.

The turning point of the game came late in the first period when Marian Hossa was able to use a fake and toe drag to cut across the ice, pulling Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen out of the net and allowing him to just slide the puck in the open net.

This was definitely Hossa's best game as a Red Wing, and he was not done there, as he would put the Wings up 3-1 early on in the second period when he one-timed a shot past Lehtonen on a give-and-go with Niklas Kronwall.

Zetterberg put the game out of reach a little more then a minute later after scoring his second goal of the game, and fourth of the season. The Wings would get a little scare though, as Atlanta's Ron Hainsey and Brett Sterling would make the game close.

However, Dan Clearly put all thoughts of a comeback to rest after scoring a empty netter with 30 seconds left. Brian Rafalski's assist on that goal kept his point streak alive, he is the only Wing that has gotten a point in every game so far this season.

Goaltender Chris Osgood earned the win, stopping 30 of 33 shots


Player of the game

Marian Hossa. Easy choice here, with two goals and a 'sist. This was his best game as a Red Wing so far this season.