Red Wings Take Command of Series, Lead Blue Jackets 3-0

The Detroit Red Wings put the Columbus Blue Jackets' backs to a wall Tuesday night, taking a 3-0 lead in their Western Conference Quarterfinal series with a 4-1 win.

Detroit spoiled the first-ever playoff game in Columbus with a goal just 67 seconds into the game and didn't allow the Blue Jackets on the board until the game's closing minutes.

Tomas Holmstrom opened the scoring early. Marian Hossa snapped a shot off the crossbar behind Columbus goalie Steve Mason. The puck dropped down into the crease and Holmstrom poked it home to give Detroit the early lead.

Dan Cleary stretched the lead to a pair with 45 seconds left in the period, taking a pass from Johan Franzen in front of the net, then spinning and sliding the puck around Mason.

Henrik Zetterberg scored with 6:05 left in the second period, scoring from the slot after being left all alone as Mike Commodore moved to hit Franzen behind the net.

R.J. Umberger returned from being knocked woozy on a second-period hit by Brad Stuart to score the Blue Jackets' lone goal of the game. Umberger backhanded a rebound chance past Chris Osgood on a power play with 3:53 remaining in regulation.

Zetterberg added an empty-net goal to finish off the scoring.

Mason finished the night with 22 saves on 25 shots against, while Osgood stopped 31 of 32 Columbus chances.

The Red Wings did not score a power play goal for the first time this series, as they were unable to convert either of their two chances. The Blue Jackets scored their first power play goal of the series, going one-for-four on the night.

Detroit looks to complete the sweep on Thursday night.


Notes: The Red Wings were without Kris Draper for the third-straight playoff game and fifth in a row overall.

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It goes without saying (though it's been said repeatedly) that the first 10 minutes are huge tonight. If the Wings can withstand an early push by the Blue Jackets they're in good position.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2009 at 7:04 PM

 

Hossa and Homer hook up early! First ten minutes, bitches!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2009 at 7:12 PM

 

Way to silence the crowd.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/21/2009 at 7:13 PM

 

Ozzie comes up huge!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2009 at 7:34 PM

 

Bluejackets are head hunting.

Osgood's putting on a show again... This makes me smile.

Posted by drwmike33 on 4/21/2009 at 7:34 PM

 

The BJ players must be sick of the sight of Osgood by now.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/21/2009 at 7:36 PM

 

The BJ players


If you know what's right, you might want to refrain from that shortage! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> Just saying XDAnyways, I know I'm 20 minutes late, but I was THRILLED to see the Wings with a goal so early.(P.S. Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaackeeeeets on the powwwwweeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrr pllllaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy)

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 4/21/2009 at 7:39 PM

 

Awful call with the other stuff we've seen this series.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2009 at 7:40 PM

 

Sweeeeet. Cleary makes it 2 - 0!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 4/21/2009 at 7:44 PM

 

Clears!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2009 at 7:44 PM

 

Yes, Ken, that's a back-breaker. Let's keep breaking their back. There are multiple places on their back to break.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2009 at 7:45 PM

 

Well that period was very nicely sandwiched by Cleary and Holmstrom.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/21/2009 at 7:47 PM

 


The BJ players


If you know what's right, you might want to refrain from that shortage! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> Just saying XD

How do you know it wasn't on purpose?

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/21/2009 at 7:48 PM

 

I didn't say you did it on accident, I'm just saying it's not so wise <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> If you don't know what I'm talking about, I'd suggest looking it up on urbandictionary, but if you do, haha, wow.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 4/21/2009 at 7:50 PM

 

But it's such a useful abbreviation for those of us who appreciate sophomoric humor from time to time. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2009 at 7:59 PM

 

Bullsh*t call. f*cking hell.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2009 at 8:04 PM

 

The BJ fans aren't too happy about that call.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/21/2009 at 8:17 PM

 

Gotta say, Hejda's tough staying out there after taking that shot.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2009 at 8:18 PM

 

Stuie just f*cking wrecked Umberger! Holy christ!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2009 at 8:25 PM

 

Oh, lawdy. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Why is the Blue Jacket's mascot so creepy? I'd be terrified if I was a little kid |: Looks like the boogie man and a giant bug had a lovechild.

Uh oh. Is Umberger hurt? It almost reminds me of that one hit on Lidstrom. That was BAD.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 4/21/2009 at 8:25 PM

 

HAHAHA. Commodore into the Wings bench. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

And then a goal!

I'm digging this game.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 4/21/2009 at 8:26 PM

 

There's a train a comin....

And Commedore gets a ride on some bright red wings!

And Zetterberg makes it even more wonderful!

Posted by drwmike33 on 4/21/2009 at 8:27 PM

 

Commodore's too busy trying to hurt someone and Zata scores. f*ck yeah.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2009 at 8:27 PM

 

"That's as close as Commedore will get to being a Redwing"

Priceless.

Posted by drwmike33 on 4/21/2009 at 8:29 PM

 

I'm still nervous but the Wings are playing another fantastic game.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2009 at 8:38 PM

 

"All of our teams can afford to be competitive."

Except for Phoenix.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2009 at 8:42 PM

 

That whole time Bettman was on the screen I couldn't help but think of Harry Buttman from Bon Cop, Bad Cop <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 4/21/2009 at 8:55 PM

 

Way too much play in the Wings end this period.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2009 at 9:05 PM

 

Looks like they're just going for it this period with nothing to lose.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/21/2009 at 9:10 PM

 

Wings started to pick it up for a second there. I'm watching the clock too much.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2009 at 9:22 PM

 

I think that was in.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2009 at 9:23 PM

 

Wow, I was wrong. Hand of God in favor of Detroit. I'll be damned.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2009 at 9:24 PM

 

Damnit. Someone should hit Umberger again and remind him of his place.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2009 at 9:27 PM

 

Urgh. Bye bye shutout.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/21/2009 at 9:28 PM

 

Did Ken just say Game Seven? Anticipating the end of the series?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2009 at 9:33 PM

 

Zata with the ENG. Stranglehold.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2009 at 9:34 PM

 

This FSN Ohio feed is really annoying me. They just explained the octopus tradition after a gameful of repeating loads of common facts.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/21/2009 at 9:34 PM

 

Three down!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2009 at 9:35 PM

 

Broomtime, hopefully! Especially since I won't be able to watch the scheduled game 5!


This FSN Ohio feed is really annoying me. They just explained the octopus tradition after a gameful of repeating loads of common facts.


That's because everyone knows that channel is a joke! I live in Ohio and they don't even play the Jackets games, even when they're playing the Red Wings. Thank god I live close enough to MI!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 4/21/2009 at 9:36 PM

 

4 goals in each game, oh yeah.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/21/2009 at 9:36 PM

 

The video of that Stuart hit on Umberger is now available...

http://www.detroitho...ut_columbus.php

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/21/2009 at 11:32 PM

 
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