Howard Stops 34, Leads Red Wings to 2-1 Win over Blue Jackets

Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 34 of 35 shots faced Friday night, holding off the Columbus Blue Jackets and leading the Red Wings to a 2-1 win.

Howard kept Columbus off the scoreboard through the first two periods, over which time the Red Wings were outshot 25-20 and the Blue Jackets had five power plays. He also stopped Jared Boll on a penalty shot at 8:53 of the second period.

The Red Wings opened the scoring on an odd-man rush at 7:04 of the second period. Todd Bertuzzi carried the puck down the right wing boards as Valtteri Filppula and Johan Franzen joined him on a three-on-one. Bertuzzi sent a pass through defenseman Anton Stralman to Franzen for a quick snap shot into the open side of the net.

Valtteri Filppula made it 2-0 at 8:06 of the third, beating Columbus goaltender Steve Mason from down low off pass from Brad Stuart on the power play.

Antoine Vermette beat Howard on a backhand rebound chance 59 seconds later to pull the Jackets to back within a goal but Columbus couldn't even it up.

Mason finished the night with 30 saves on 32 Detroit shots.

The Red Wings were one-for-three on the power play for the night. Columbus went scoreless in five tries with the man-advantage.

The two teams will meet again on Sunday in Detroit.

Notes: Mike Modano left the game in the third period with a cut on his arm. His status for Sunday's rematch was not immediately known.

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Coach Babcock said after the last game a loss like that was bound to happen because there is an overall lack of effort. Personally, I'm not sure if this is a case of the team thinking they can ease up because they are in fourth place overall or just plain laziness.

Either way they are facing a Jackets team at home with a five game winning streak. The Wings have won six of their last seven against the Columbus with the last loss being a 1-0 shutout on the road.

Wings are still without Chris Osgood and Kris Draper while the Jackets will be without Kristian Huselius, Derek Dorsett, and Ethan Moreau who is out indefinitely with a hand injury.

I have not seen anything on line changes for the Wings as of 12:52 in San Diego.

Posted by SYfanSD on 11/26/2010 at 3:52 PM


Looks like I'm going to miss the start of this one. Getting dragged around to get the house set up with Christmas decorations while simultaneously working on a client project. I'll check in when I can.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/26/2010 at 6:58 PM


So far Mason is keeping the Jackets in the game.

Posted by SYfanSD on 11/26/2010 at 7:25 PM


Mason again <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":mad:" border="0" alt="mad.gif" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 11/26/2010 at 7:30 PM


Big stop by Jimmy towards the end of the first.

Posted by SYfanSD on 11/26/2010 at 7:57 PM


We are spending a ton of time on the PK...


Posted by SYfanSD on 11/26/2010 at 8:32 PM


Finally we get a call!

Posted by SYfanSD on 11/26/2010 at 8:38 PM


Why couldn't we work like this in Atlanta?

Posted by SYfanSD on 11/26/2010 at 8:49 PM


Time to start the third and on the PP!

Posted by SYfanSD on 11/26/2010 at 8:53 PM


So close!!!!!

Modano is done for the night, looks like a cut from a skate on the right hand.

Posted by SYfanSD on 11/26/2010 at 8:58 PM


First time I have seen Zata use a Warrior stick vice an Easton.

Posted by SYfanSD on 11/26/2010 at 9:06 PM


I caught most of the game but didn't have my netbook nearby so I wasn't commenting. Been putting up Christmas trees since then so I'm just getting caught up now.

Why couldn't we work like this in Atlanta?

What a difference, eh? The Wings were really moving tonight.

Time to start the third and on the PP!

Both sets of Wings announcers (Ken/Paul and Ken/Mick) seemed particularly "concerned" about the calls early. The PK was up for it and that's all that matters. Of course, the PP making the most of their opportunities is what ends up giving the Wings the win, with Filppula's PPG ending up the GWG.Overall, really solid game, great to see coming off that awful loss. Maybe we can see some more of it on the back end of the home-and-home.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/27/2010 at 12:13 AM

Jimmy Howard

Jimmy Howard
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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