Early Lead Holds in Blue Jackets' Win Over Red Wings

The Columbus Blue Jackets scored three times in the first period and added one more late in the third, holding off a comeback by the Detroit Red Wings to pick up a 4-3 win.

Columbus opened the scoring at 8:30 with a shorthanded goal by Jason Chimera. Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek misplayed the puck behind the net and Chimera jumped on it, looping back out in front of the goal to lift a shot over Hasek's shoulder and into the top of the net.

Just 1:24, the Blue Jackets' lead went to two when Rick Nash got the puck all alone in front of Hasek and put it around the sprawling goaltender.

With 1:22 remaining in the period, former Red Wing Sergei Fedorov notched his first of two goals on the night on a wrister from the right circle between Hasek's legs, a power play goal.

Goaltender Chris Osgood, returning from a hand injury that forced him to miss six weeks, took over in the Detroit net for the second period as the Red Wings mounted a comeback.

With 6:03 remaining in the middle frame, Robert Lang got the puck from behind the net on a pass by Dan Cleary and put a shot into Columbus netminder Fredrik Norrena. Lang picked up his own rebound and reached across the top of the crease, putting it around Norrena to get the Red Wings on the board.

The game's final minutes became a shootout when Jiri Hudler wristed a shot past Norrena with 7:18 remaining in regulation.

The Red Wings pressured to get the tying goal but Fedorov notched his second of the night with 1:52 remaining on a 3-on-1. Only 20 seconds later, Lang scored again to pull Detroit back within one.

With Osgood on the bench for the extra attacker, the Red Wings were unable to pull even and Columbus held on for the win.

Osgood finished the night with 13 saves on 14 shots, allowing only the eventual game-winner to Fedorov. Hasek made nine saves on 12 shots in his period of play, while Norrena stopped 33 of 36 shots against.

The Blue Jackets scored the game's only power play goal on one of their six tries with the man-advantage. Detroit had four power play attempts.

The two teams will meet again in Detroit on Wednesday in the second game of their home-and-home series.

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Let's finish out this road trip with another win so we can take it back to the Joe and take over first place in the central division!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/17/2006 at 1:58 PM

 

GP W L OT P GF GA

31 19 8 4 42 86 69

Not the best Goals For but definately the best Goals against!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/17/2006 at 2:27 PM

 

Well this is crap!

New flash! The Power Play is for scoring chances, not giving up goals!

Not looking good so far!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/18/2006 at 7:32 PM

 

Lang got us within two and Homer opens up with a nice chance. Let's go boys!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/18/2006 at 8:52 PM

 

HUDLER!

Now if Norrena will stop standing on his head!

Figures that Federov would be the nail in the coffin

Hold the Phone, Lang SCORES!

6 on 5

Well that sucked! At least we got our Sh*t together, they had a hot goalie what can I say

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/18/2006 at 9:28 PM

 

Obligatory ref rant:

How can weak hooking calls be made early in the game but cross-checking and holding go uncalled at the end? Consistency, you bastards! Z got mugged in the high slot in the final minute.

Disclaimer:

Of course, that didn't cost the Wings the game, sh*tty first period play and horrid goaltending did. Osgood should have started, they talked all weekend about how he probably would, no idea why Babcock didn't go with him. He better be in net on Wednesday.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/18/2006 at 9:44 PM

 

What happended yesterday. I missed it.

Posted by Redwings91 on 12/19/2006 at 9:59 AM

 

The recap from the home page...

Early Lead Holds in Blue Jackets' Win Over Red Wings

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/19/2006 at 10:14 AM

 

Easy there turbo, we'll get them back at home tomorrow night

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/19/2006 at 12:05 PM

 

I figured the Wings would lose. I have watched the Jackets and they are a different team than the last time the Wings played them. Hitchcock is really having a great effect, and the fact that the Wings eventually showed up is good. I do not think they expected it to be that hard of a game

Posted by Slapstick on 12/19/2006 at 2:28 PM

 

Well a least we know what we have to do to get them back tomorrow night <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/19/2006 at 4:52 PM

 

Now Jackets @ Wings <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Ok, we owe them for the other night, let's go out there and get two points. Datsyuk you get to be the hero tonight!

Side note: Shanny was presented a Silver stick at MSG last night by Mark Messier for scoring over 600 goals

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/20/2006 at 2:28 PM

 

And Dom gets the start.

Side note: Ken was talking about the Penguins situtation, if a buyer cannot be found the penguins may be headed to Kansas City and the Wings could end up in the Eastern Conference

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/20/2006 at 7:08 PM

 

I just got back to turn on pregame. Dom gets the start? Come on, Babcock!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/20/2006 at 7:18 PM

 

THAT WAS THE GAYEST PENALTY IN THE HISTORY OF THE NEW NHL. NICK CALLED FOR AN ILLEGAL STICK BECAUSE THE KNOB FELL OFF AFTER THE SHOT!


SCHNEIDER SCORES!!!!!

What a save by Dom on Federov! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/20/2006 at 7:53 PM

 

Heh, before I got a chance to bitch about that call, Schneids gets Detroit on the board, so all is forgiven.

And Dom comes up huge! I'll forgive him, too, if he makes up for Monday with a great game tonight.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/20/2006 at 7:53 PM

 

Sorry I stole your thunder, how are those North Stars doing?

And Nick puts us up by two!!!

Something to be said for our defenceman to be leading the team in goals

Oh review this!

Correction now Cleary leads the team in goals

What a play by Hasek! Absolutely took away that short handed chance!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/20/2006 at 8:07 PM

 

<img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" /> And MALTS gets one!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/20/2006 at 8:47 PM

 

Interesting replay here, two goals on the same play but the legal one came second so it was overridden by the illegal one. Weird.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/20/2006 at 8:55 PM

 

Nick is an animal! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/shocked.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":shocked:" border="0" alt="shocked.gif" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/20/2006 at 8:58 PM

 

AND ANOTHER GAY CALL BY THE REFS ON DOM!

WILLY makes it 5-0!

Norrena hit the Showers!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/20/2006 at 9:38 PM

 

Yeah, that was a bad call on Dom but the one on Homer was worse. Not that it really matters at this point.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/20/2006 at 10:01 PM

 

AZZ Whoopin!!!! Dom is now the league leader in GAA and shutouts!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/20/2006 at 10:04 PM

 

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