Post-game report: Wings diving, Lehner rising

Have the mighty Red Wings become a team of divers?

DETROIT – It left Senators management shaking their heads.

Ottawa players made jokes about it.

Have the mighty Red Wings become a team of divers? Several times in this penalty-filled game, a game that didn’t need to be so whistle-happy, the Wings went down if they were grazed by a Senators stick or a check. Johan Franzen, Darren Helm and Pavel Datsyuk all went down seeking a call.

(The Wings said afterward that Datsyuk suffered a head injury in the game and would not play on Sunday).

On those occasions none was forthcoming, but there were enough other calls to register FOUR 5-on-3 situations, three of them in Detroit’s favour, and one to Ottawa.

Fortunately, the Senators buried their two man advantage, the game-winner from Bobby Ryan.

Clarke MacArthur, who scored twice for Ottawa in the 4-2 win, joked that maybe the Wings skate sharpener was broken. And thus, they couldn’t stand up.

Robin Lehner, the hero in goal while stopping 34 of 36 shots, said it was “like water out there (a swimming pool), that’s how much they were diving.”

Spezza said he hadn’t seen so many two-man advantages since the tight calls following the 2004-05 lockout, “when they called you every time you put your stick up on a guy.”

Head coach Paul MacLean was very impressed with Lehner.

“Robin has responded to challenges we have given him in the past,” MacLean said. “We put him in the net in Boston, we put him in the net in Toronto. Now we put him in the net in Joe Louis Arena. Those are stepping stones for him in his career. As far as becoming a No. 1 type goaltender.”

That said, MacLean reiterated that Craig Anderson is still his No. 1, though he wouldn’t name his Sunday starter against the Carolina Hurricanes. That was still TBA as the team left Detroit for Raleigh.

“It was an emotional game for us,” Spezza said, “and a great job by Robin.”

CALLING ALL SPECIAL TEAMS

The Senators were called for 10 penalties, the Wings, 9.

Overall, the Senators power play finished 2-for-8 with its opportunities. The Wings were also 2-for-8.

Ottawa was 1 for 6 at 5 on 4, 1 for 1 at 5 on 3 and 0 for 1 with a 4 on 3.

The Wings

CRAZY STAT: The Senators were in 5 on 4 situations for a total of 11 minutes, 25 seconds.

TOI

Erik Karlsson played 30:20, including 10:13 on the power play.

Karlsson’s average shift length: 1:07. No one else on either team was over one minute.

Jared Cowen’s average shift length: 37

Chris Neil: 31 seconds per shift.

Fellow D man Chris Phillips was at 21:27, including 7:18 on the PK.

Nearly half of Bobby Ryan’s 16:58 of ice time was on the power play – 7:25.

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