Osgood Returns as Wings Beat Blackhawks

Chris Osgood made his first start for the Red Wings since 2000, helping them beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2, for their eighth straight win. It was also a homecoming of another sort for the Wings' Brett Lebda, who was playing his first NHL game in his hometown of Chicago.

With the game tied at 2-2 early in the third period, and the Wings on the power play, Robert Lang stepped in front of a bad clearing attempt by the Blackhawks' Jason Morgan. Lang then snapped the game winning goal from the right slot past Nikolai Khabibulin at 4:39 of the period.

The Wings had jumped out to an early lead, just three and a half minutes in, when Kirk Maltby was left alone in the slot to take a feed from Steve Yzerman at the left half boards.

The Blackhawks tied the game at 1-1 in the opening minutes of the second period. Tyler Arnason took a deflected pass that had squirted out from behind Osgood who was turned around and facing the left corner, coming out to cut down the angle on the rush.

Less than three minutes later the Blackhawks took a 2-1 lead on a goal from Kyle Calder, taking a pass from Matt Ellison behind the net.

The Blackhawks' lasted less then four minutes as Mikael Samuelsson scored a power play goal off a rebound, tying the game at 2-2.

The Red Wings' fourth goal was an empty-netter from Henrik Zetterberg with 28 seconds left in the game.

Osgood faced 25 shots, stopping 23, while Khabibulin stopped 32 of the Wings' 36 shots. Both goalies had to come up with some great saves. The Wings' two power play goals came on eight chances, while the Blackhawks couldn't capitalize on their four power play chances.

The Wings and Blackhawks head back to Detroit to play their third game in a row Tuesday night.

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The Wings have sucked defensively through one but (as usual) it's good to see the power play clicking. We'll see if they can pull it all together.

On a note of the weird... I was surprised to see that the Hawks have someone wearing Chelios' #7. Figured they'd do like the Blues did with Hull's #16 and leave it out of circulation until they could retire it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/27/2005 at 8:22 PM


Strong third period, a little luck, and the Wings get the win. Their record start continues and Legace sets a new NHL record for wins in October.

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Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/27/2005 at 10:11 PM


You know I've always said they should have let Manny have a shot at number 1. I was so sick of hearing he's a great "backup" goalie, but he can't handle the pressure. It sure seems lke he can to me. I'm glad to see he's finally gotten his chance to shine, I really think this will be his year.

Posted by shaney on 10/27/2005 at 10:32 PM


I was hoping Manny would get to start and add one more win to his new record, but Babcock announced Ozzie will be in goal. Lets hope Ozzie can continue with the Wings winning ways.


Posted by shaney on 10/29/2005 at 11:46 AM


It's a smart time to get Ozzie his first start. You're going to want to do it on the road and the Wings are at home after this game until November 6th. It's already been a week since his last AHL start, you don't want to make him sit for another week.

ETA: Merging this with the Wings-Blackhawks thread, we'll keep the entire 3-game series in one spot.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/29/2005 at 12:52 PM


Strong first game for Osgood. I haven't checked my game tape and they only showed the overhead replay once, but I still think the second Chicago goal was kicked in. Can't complain about a win, though.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/29/2005 at 10:57 PM


Schneider's out tonight? I just caught the end of the pregame on OLN, did they say why he's out?

ETA: They just said he'd day-to-day with a sore groin.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/1/2005 at 7:09 PM


Adding injury to injury, Legace's out. Barnaby got knocked down by Fischer and fell on Legace's leg. I didn't see what the OLN guys say they saw, that Fischer's stick was in Barnaby's legs, looked more to me like Barnaby stepped backwards and onto Legace's pad, tripping over it.

Osgood's in now. Legace was on the ice in pain for awhile but walked off under his own power.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/1/2005 at 7:49 PM


Ozzie looked sharp and the Wings played well in front of him. I'd imagine that no matter what Legace's injury ends up being (hopefully nothing serious) we'll see Osgood in net against Edmonton just to get Legace some more recovery time.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/1/2005 at 10:30 PM


I hope Manny is ok. I'd hate to see us lose him for any length of time after playing so well.

Posted by shaney on 11/1/2005 at 10:48 PM


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