MacDonald Blanks Blue Jackets as Red Wings Win, 2-0

On a night when he wasn't even supposed to be on the roster, Detroit goaltender Joey MacDonald led the Red Wings to a 2-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

MacDonald stopped all 37 shots he faced on Thursday, a game that Chris Osgood was scheduled to start. Osgood was unable to return from his groin injury as expected on Wednesday and MacDonald was brought back from the Grand Rapids Griffins, getting the nod in his place.

Drew Miller and Valtteri Filppula scored for the Red Wings, who extended their winning streak to four games.

Miller - who had been a healthy scratch for the two previous games - opened the game's scoring just 33 seconds in. Darren Helm's shot from the right faceoff circle was kicked aside by goalie Steve Mason but Miller picked the puck up in the slot and knocked it into the back of the net.

Filppula's goal came on a Detroit power play with 8:37 left in the period. Johan Franzen carried the puck at the side of the goal for what looked like a wraparound attempt but instead passed it out to Filppula in the left faceoff circle for a wrister into the open side of the net.

The goal gave Detroit one on four power play tries. Columbus had six chances with the extra attacker, including 43 seconds of five-on-three in the third period.

Mason finished the night with 25 saves on 27 Red Wings shots.

Detroit lost both Pavel Datsyuk and Brian Rafalski to injury in the final frame. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock later said that Rafalski would be fine but that Datsyuk had suffered a lower body injury.

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Joey Mac vs. the BJs or the first beautiful evening of the spring? This one's going to be tough.

It's Joey MacDonald getting the start tonight for Detroit, with Chris Osgood still on the shelf. Patrick Eaves is back in the lineup along with Drew Miller. Jiri Hudler is out sick and Kris Draper is expected to be the other scratch up front.

Ruslan Salei, fresh off the birth of daughter Ava Ruslanova Salei, will be out on the blue line.

Steve Mason starts for Columbus.

7:00 start time.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/17/2011 at 5:55 PM


Miller back in the lineup, back on the scoresheet. Bad rebound by Mason.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/17/2011 at 7:10 PM


Fantastic play at the side of the net by Franzen to get the puck to Fil.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/17/2011 at 7:28 PM


Real good period there. Joey coming up huge, worried about those chances. Wings gotta keep it up.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/17/2011 at 7:46 PM


Columbus doing a good job of limiting Detroit's rebound chances.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/17/2011 at 8:57 PM


Pavs hurt and the Jackets go to the power play. Oh hell.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/17/2011 at 9:09 PM


Just tuned in. Oh $h!t

Posted by DetroitRiver on 3/17/2011 at 9:14 PM


Sounds like it's Joey's night.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 3/17/2011 at 9:19 PM


A slice of Octo Pie please!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 3/17/2011 at 9:28 PM


Goose egg for Joey.

Let's hope Pasha and Rafi are ok.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 3/17/2011 at 9:31 PM


Joey Mac with the shutout but questions about Datsyuk and Rafalski. Not good.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/17/2011 at 9:32 PM

Joey MacDonald

Joey MacDonald
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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