Red Wings Waste Stellar Performance by Howard, Fall to Columbus 1-0

Jimmy Howard stopped 39 of 40 shots against on Monday night but it wasn't enough for the Detroit Red Wings, who dropped a 1-0 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets in overtime.

Blue Jackets netminder Steve Mason stopped all 34 shots he faced - including two in overtime - in earning the shutout victory.

It was the third time in their last four games that the Red Wings were shut out.

The only goal of the game came 3:12 into the overtime period when Fredrik Modin walked around Detroit blueliner Brad Stuart and snapped a shot on net from the top of the left faceoff circle. Modin then jumped into the slot to pick up the rebound and slid it in around the sprawling Howard.

The Red Wings were once again unable to capitalize on any of their four power plays, including 43 seconds of five-on-three.

Columbus went scoreless on three power play tries.

The Red Wings next action will be their annual New Years Eve game as they play host to the Colorado Avalanche.

Notes: Detroit forward Ville Leino was a healthy scratch in favor of call-up Mattias Ritola... The Blue Jackets were without Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina, acquired earlier in the day from the Washington Capitals for Jason Chimera.

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More holiday-related insanity means I have no idea if I'll be catching tonight's game. Kicking this thread off early in case I'm out later.

Jimmy Howard gets the start in net for Detroit. It's pretty safe to say that he's the Wings' #1 goalie right now. I'm not sure he'd get the start in Game One of the playoffs, if there are playoffs for the Wings, but it looks a lot like 2008 to me with Howard playing the Osgood role while Osgood himself plays Hasek.

In a slightly-surprising move, Ville Leino will be a healthy scratch and Mattias Ritola will play. It's intended to be a wake-up call for Leino, as Mike Babcock is essentially telling him "You're not playing well enough to see the ice even on a team decimated by injuries."

Actually, as the Latin root of "decimate" relates to killing off one-tenth of a group, this Detroit team that is missing seven players (roughly 1/3 of the lineup) is worse than decimated. Anyone have a word for that? Triamate?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/28/2009 at 4:53 PM


Hmmmmm... f*cked?

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/28/2009 at 7:44 PM


Nil after 1, but May sure gave it to to Boll for getting back up, twice.

Posted by rrasco on 12/28/2009 at 7:46 PM


Looks like I didn't miss much. Had most of the game on the radio but it's been a quiet night.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/28/2009 at 9:25 PM


I bet this will end 1-0.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/28/2009 at 9:33 PM


Columbus guy sitting in Jimmah’s lap like he’s f*cking Santa Claus. Whatever.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/28/2009 at 9:40 PM


I bet this will end 1-0.

That's what I said! And then I felt like I could predict the future.The Wings played well until the OT !

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/29/2009 at 3:27 PM


How in the f*ck did we get shutout by one of the worst temas in the league? I was not able to see the game due to the VS. DirecTv p*ssing contest however, I did see the highlights on the NHL Network. Can this year get any worse? Can we get Sevie and Shanny to make a guest appearance in the locker room? WTF????

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/29/2009 at 9:24 PM


Can this year get any worse?

Mein Gott. Don't tempt fate by asking that.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/29/2009 at 9:46 PM


No kidding huh? <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/30/2009 at 5:58 PM

Jimmy Howard

Jimmy Howard
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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