Howard Stops 34, Leads Red Wings to 2-1 Win over Blue Jackets

Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 34 of 35 shots faced Friday night, holding off the Columbus Blue Jackets and leading the Red Wings to a 2-1 win.

Howard kept Columbus off the scoreboard through the first two periods, over which time the Red Wings were outshot 25-20 and the Blue Jackets had five power plays. He also stopped Jared Boll on a penalty shot at 8:53 of the second period.

The Red Wings opened the scoring on an odd-man rush at 7:04 of the second period. Todd Bertuzzi carried the puck down the right wing boards as Valtteri Filppula and Johan Franzen joined him on a three-on-one. Bertuzzi sent a pass through defenseman Anton Stralman to Franzen for a quick snap shot into the open side of the net.

Valtteri Filppula made it 2-0 at 8:06 of the third, beating Columbus goaltender Steve Mason from down low off pass from Brad Stuart on the power play.

Antoine Vermette beat Howard on a backhand rebound chance 59 seconds later to pull the Jackets to back within a goal but Columbus couldn’t even it up.

Mason finished the night with 30 saves on 32 Detroit shots.

The Red Wings were one-for-three on the power play for the night. Columbus went scoreless in five tries with the man-advantage.

The two teams will meet again on Sunday in Detroit.

Mike Modano left the game in the third period with a cut on his arm. His status for Sunday’s rematch was not immediately known.

Author: Clark Rasmussen

Clark founded the site that would become DetroitHockey.Net in September of 1996 with no idea what it would lead to. He continues to write for the site and executes the site's design and development.

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