Red Wings, Zetterberg Continue Streaks

The Red Wings and star forward Henrik Zetterberg both continued streaks with Detroit's 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.

The victory was the team's ninth-straight, tying a franchise record that was also reached at this time last season, while Zetterberg's third-period goal extended his point-scoring streak to sixteen games.

Zetterberg wrapped up the game's scoring with 1:28 remaining. Columbus defenseman Rostislav Klesla deflected a shot from the point by Brian Rafalski directly to Zetterberg in the right circle. Klesla went down to block Zetterberg's shot but Zetterberg outwaited him, waiting for Klesla to slide past before putting the puck between the pads of Pascal Leclaire.

Detroit got on the board first with a power play goal by Brett Lebda with 7:00 left in the first period.

The Red Wings held the puck in the Columbus zone on a Blue Jackets' clearing attempt and Jiri Hudler got it to Mikael Samuelsson in the left circle. Samuelsson crossed it over to Lebda who wristed it past Leclaire with Dan Cleary screening.

Rick Nash tied the game only 49 seconds into the second period with the Blue Jackets on a five-on-three. After a one-timer from the point, the puck bounced around the edge of the crease and the Red Wings couldn't clear. David Vyborny knocked it down low to Nash to bang in behind Dominik Hasek.

Tomas Holmstrom replied with Detroit's second power play goal of the night with 6:07 remaining in the period. The puck came off the back boards to Holmstrom at the side of the net. Holmstrom's first shot was stopped by Leclaire but the Columbus goalie fell off the post, leaving a gap for the rebound.

Cleary scored at 8:40 of the third to give the Red Wings some breathing room, pushing in his own rebound after cutting hard to the front of the net and taking a pass from Kirk Maltby at the left wing.

The Red Wings finished the game with two power play goals on six chances with the extra attacker. The Blue Jackets went one-for-seven with the goal coming on one of their two two-man advantages.

Hasek made 15 saves on 16 shots in his first game back from a hip injury. Leclaire stopped 32 of 36 shots against.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Sunday when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks in the third game of a nine-game stretch against Central Division opponents.

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I am so excited. <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> Ever since I went to my first Red Wings game in Columbus, I have loved the jackets. Plus they have Sergei Fedorov(Also contributes to favoritism) <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Game starts at 7:30.

I hope someone else will commentate because I can't do it well. XD

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 11/9/2007 at 6:13 PM


Columbus always plays the Wings tough, should be a good matchup again.

Hasek returns in net, we'll see if he's got any rust to shake off. Drake and Kopecky are also back in, with Ellis and Downey out.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/9/2007 at 6:28 PM


Well, that first power play looked pretty good. <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Hasek's looked solid and the Detroit offense is doing a good job of cutting through Columbus' trap.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/9/2007 at 8:05 PM


Wow, that shift after the Detroit penalties looked like a power play. Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Holmstrom were just running circles around them.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/9/2007 at 8:37 PM


Great puck control on this POWER PLAY ... and it paid off nicely with HOMER jamming it in.

Go RED WINGS! <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by skyguy52 on 11/9/2007 at 8:53 PM


Bit of a lucky break on Detroit's second goal, Leclaire lost his balance. Or he was cheating to the middle and Homer caught him surprised, call it what you want.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/9/2007 at 8:54 PM


Kopecky gets called for high-sticking for hitting someone neither high nor with his stick. Nice.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/9/2007 at 9:31 PM


Three minutes left, it'd be nice to see Zetterberg extend his streak.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/9/2007 at 9:54 PM


And there we go!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/9/2007 at 9:56 PM


ZETS is on fire. Lots of secondary guys stepping up too, i.e. CLEARY tonight, LEBDA ... CLEARY and HUDLER the other night. Things definitely going well for the RED WINGS. Good to see DOM back in between the pipes too.'

CHELLY was robbed ..haha. Sure LOVE seeing him step up into the play this year.


Posted by skyguy52 on 11/9/2007 at 10:10 PM


Let's see if we can break the club record for wins in Chicago. It also seems to me that the hotter the wings get, the more off the wall penalities they take.

Posted by SYfanSD on 11/10/2007 at 10:23 AM


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