Red Wings Survive Columbus Comeback with Shootout Win

The last time the Detroit Red Wings had faced the Blue Jackets, they blew a three-goal third-period lead to fall to Columbus in the shootout. On Friday night, they lost a late lead again but this time they held on to pick up the win in the tiebreaker on a goal by Tomas Holmstrom.

Holmstrom scored the only goal of the shootout, taking Detroit's shot in the fifth round.

Without usual shooters Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, the latter having left the game with an "upper body injury," the Red Wings relied on Jason Williams, Steve Yzerman, Robert Lang and Mikael Samuelsson to take their first four shots.

The Blue Jackets' shooters were Jaroslav Balastik, Rick Nash, Mark Hartigan, Trevor Letowski, and David Vyborny.

Columbus forced overtime when Nash completed his first career hat-trick with 33 seconds remaining and goalie Marc Denis on the bench for an extra attacker. Nash intercepted a clearing pass in the slot and threw it back past Detroit netminder Manny Legace, who didn't even see the shot.

Detroit had opened the scoring on a goal by Samuelsson at 1:01 of the first but Columbus tied it with 1:47 remaining in that period on Nash's first of the night, a power play goal.

Niklas Kronwall scored his first of the season on a Detroit power play at 4:14 of the second period to put the Red Wings back in front. They extended their lead with goals by Brendan Shanahan at 7:51 and Williams at 9:18 before the Blue Jackets came back.

With 8:58 remaining in the middle period, Hartigan scored. Dan Fritsche added another goal 5:40 later to pull Columbus to within one.

Nash's second of the night at 4:21 of the third tied the game at four until Kris Draper pulled Detroit back into the lead at 9:05.

Each team went one-for-three on the power play in the high-scoring matchup.

Legace made 18 saves while facing 23 shots and Denis stopped 31 of the 36 shots that he faced.

The Red Wings and Blue Jackets will meet again Saturday night in Columbus in the second game of their home-and-home series.

Notes: Henrik Zetterberg left the game late in the second period with an undisclosed "upper body injury." He was taken to Detroit Medical Center for precautionary examination.

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One word... Revenge!!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/7/2006 at 1:32 PM


Wow, Wings really have been jumping in the second. Lets hope they don't do what they did last time around.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/7/2006 at 8:54 PM


Wow. Damn.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/7/2006 at 8:55 PM


Oh hell, now Zetterberg's out.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/7/2006 at 9:34 PM


ETA: Consolidated all my shootout posts

Damn, shootout. Put Ozzie in, he's been better than Legace.

Manny stops Balastik!

Williams wide in his first attempt as the first shooter.

Legace gets Nash!

Yzerman off the post

Hartigan stoned! Lang can win it.

But he's stopped. Sudden death.

Letowski stopped. Sammy next.

Goalies are ruling the night, Sammy stopped.

Vyborny gets nothing and Homer is up.

Holmstrom gets it! Wings win!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/7/2006 at 10:09 PM


Considering that we played this game like it was some throw away up in Rochester, I wish Manny could have been that solid during the 2nd period! Way to go Homer! Finally this is over with

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/7/2006 at 10:18 PM


I know it's the end of the season, but I want the presidents trophy!

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/7/2006 at 10:23 PM


If Stevie keeps playing like he has been lately you can be certain that he will be back <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/7/2006 at 10:25 PM


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