Red Wings Down Blue Jackets in Team's First-Ever Shootout

The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in Detroit's first-ever shootout Tuesday night as goalie Chris Osgood stopped former Red Wing Sergei Fedorov on Columbus' final shot.

As Fedorov - who was taunted by the crowed throughout the night - skated in on Osgood, he fired a high shot that Osgood deflected with his shoulder.

Jaroslav Balastik had scored on Columbus' first shootout chance before Pavel Datsyuk and Jason Williams scored for Detroit. Henrik Zetterberg, who was scheduled to take Detroit's third shot, was not required to shoot with Detroit already up by a goal.

The Red Wings were the last NHL team to be involved in a shootout.

Robert Lang, back from eight games off with a groin injury, scored the first goal of the game just 4:16 in. Brett Lebda sent a hard pass from the point to Lang at the side of the crease, where he redirected it into the net.

Rick Nash tied the game for Columbus with 6:47 left in the period. He was left all alone in the slot to take a pass from the right wing boards. Defenseman Chris Chelios tried to stop him by tripping him on a play that was going to be called a penalty but Nash kept control of the puck and slipped it between Osgood's pads.

The Red Wings regained the lead 3:14 later when Mark Mowers deflected a shot from the point by Lebda.

The Blue Jackets rallied in the third period, when Duvie Westcott scored a power play goal at 8:30. As Lebda skated without a stick, Westcott was able to jump from the blueline into the slot and take a pass from behind the net, one-timing it past Osgood.

Brendan Shanahan put the Red Wings back in the lead 2:10 later, tipping a shot from Nicklas Lidstrom at the blue line in mid-air in the high slot.

Nikolai Zherdev forced overtime, scoring with 4:09 remaining in the third period on a wraparound attempt that caught Osgood looking the wrong way.

Osgood finished the game with 30 saves on 33 shots while Columbus' Pascal Leclaire stopped 35 of the 38 shots he faced.

Detroit was held without a goal on their seven power play chances and held Columbus to one goal on five tries with the man-advantage.

The Red Wings are back in action on Friday when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Ken and Mickey were just saying it before I got a chance to post it, but the Wings looked like crap in the third. They're lucky to get the point going into OT.

I hope it doesn't go to the shootout.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/20/2005 at 9:52 PM


And the Wings will get a power play in the final minute and a half of the OT, 4-on-3. Lets see if they can pull something together.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/20/2005 at 9:58 PM


Oh hell, shootout.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/20/2005 at 10:01 PM



Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/20/2005 at 10:06 PM


I like this whole shootout deal

Posted by cfoster16 on 12/21/2005 at 1:26 PM


I think it is safe to say that we have the most potent shootout in the NHL. But I agree they looked like hell in the Third! <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":flagusa:" border="0" alt="flagusa.gif" /> How ever I could not ask for a better finish <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":flagusa:" border="0" alt="flagusa.gif" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/21/2005 at 11:20 PM


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