Red Wings Down Blue Jackets on Filppula's Shootout Goal

Valtteri Fillpula scored in the fourth round of the shootout Saturday night, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Filppula's goal was the only one of the tiebreaker. Pavel Datsyuk, Jiri Hudler and Todd Bertuzzi couldn't beat Columbus netminder Curtis Sanford while Rick Nash, Derek Dorsett, Derick Brassard and Ryan Johansen failed to score on Detroit's Jimmy Howard.

To beat Sanford, Filppula faked to his backhand, then pulled it back to his forehand and lifted a shot into the top of the net.

It was Detroit's third consecutive 3-2 shootout win and their six consecutive win overall. The Red Wings also extended their franchise-record home winning streak to sixteen games.

Columbus' Ryan Russell opened the game's scoring at 8:51 of the first period, jumping towards the net to knock the rebound of a Dorsett shot past Howard.

With 8:26 left in the period, Niklas Kronwall tied things back up. Kronwall joined the rush and carried the puck into the Columbus zone, fighting off a check to get into the high slot before wristing a shot past Sanford.

The teams traded power play goals in the second period.

Nikita Nikitin beat Howard from the point off a faceoff win at 8:43. His shot deflected off Datsyuk's skate to confuse the Detroit goalie.

Nicklas Lidstrom made it 2-2 with 8:57 left in the frame. His shot from the blue line went wide of the net with Tomas Holmstrom screening in front, but the puck bounced off the back boards, then went off Sanford and into the net.

With 9:51 remaining in regulation, Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg was ejected from the game and given a five-minute major for boarding after he pushed Nikitin into the boards. Nikitin lost his balance and crashed feet-first. He needed to be helped off the ice and did not return.

Each team had one power play goal on the night. The Red Wings had four chances with the power play to Columbus' three, though the Blue Jackets had more time with the extra skater due to Zetterberg's major penalty.

Howard stopped 17 of the 19 shots he faced in earning the win. Sanford made 29 saves on 31 shots.

The Red Wings next game is Monday when they host the St. Louis Blues.


Notes: Jan Mursak and Jakub Kindl were the healthy scratches for the Red Wings. Former Red Wing Brett Lebda was Columbus' only healthy scratch.

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You know those trap games I'm always talking about? The ones where I worry the Red Wings see an easy opponent and favorable conditions and start looking past them? Yeah, tonight's game terrifies me.

The Red Wings are riding a 15-game home winning streak and are battling for the top spot in the league (though they sit fourth in the Western Conference due to the Central Division being a monster this season). The Blue Jackets are a laughingstock that just signed Brett Lebda. Yet I can totally see Columbus pulling off the upset tonight.

Half of Columbus' lineup is out and they're starting supposed backup Curtis Sanford. Aside from Patrick Eaves, the Red Wings are healthy and their only lineup change is to swap in Mike Commodore for Jakub Kindl. Jimmy Howard gets the start.

Game time is 7:00 on FS+.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2012 at 6:18 PM

 

You know those trap games I'm always talking about? The ones where I worry the Red Wings see an easy opponent and favorable conditions and start looking past them? Yeah, tonight's game terrifies me.The Red Wings are riding a 15-game home winning streak and are battling for the top spot in the league (though they sit fourth in the Western Conference due to the Central Division being a monster this season). The Blue Jackets are a laughingstock that just signed Brett Lebda. Yet I can totally see Columbus pulling off the upset tonight.Half of Columbus' lineup is out and they're starting supposed backup Curtis Sanford. Aside from Patrick Eaves, the Red Wings are healthy and their only lineup change is to swap in Mike Commodore for Jakub Kindl. Jimmy Howard gets the start.Game time is 7:00 on FS+.


Concur. I'm scared because I can see us blowing this one with overconfidence. Let's see how the first period pans out.

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/21/2012 at 6:45 PM

 

Commodore a late scratch. Kindl must be back in.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2012 at 7:00 PM

 

And now they say it's Kindl and Mursak scratched.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2012 at 7:04 PM

 

I'm sure no one saw that coming. Ugly play overall so far.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2012 at 7:22 PM

 

Kronner jumping up into the play, fantastic shot.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2012 at 7:27 PM

 

Thank god for Kronner.... Not like any of the forwards are contributing...

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/21/2012 at 7:33 PM

 

Cleary needs a goal.

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/21/2012 at 7:38 PM

 

Cleary needs a goal.

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/21/2012 at 7:39 PM

 

Weak first period. The guys look tired and need to snap out of it before they lose to the worst team in the league. I blame the first goal solely on Jimmy as he bobbled a puck he should have caught.

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/21/2012 at 7:42 PM

 

I should be surprised... Yet, I'm not.

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/21/2012 at 8:16 PM

 

Nick gets a point!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/21/2012 at 8:18 PM

 

WTF was that?

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/21/2012 at 8:27 PM

 

Wings looked good on that PP but otherwise lazy as hell. I hate this game.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2012 at 8:35 PM

 

I held my breath on the Datsyuk hit.

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/21/2012 at 8:47 PM

 

Even Babs said we didn't have a lot of energy and the game was ugly. Come on guys!!!!! Pull your heads out of your collective ass!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/21/2012 at 8:49 PM

 

Bad play and he is getting tossed? Bullsh*t!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/21/2012 at 9:10 PM

 

Big, big kill. Penalty was interesting. Cracking down on things along the endboards this season but that wasn't much of a push.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2012 at 9:20 PM

 

Bad feeling...

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2012 at 9:30 PM

 

Wings have looked better in OT than the rest of the game.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2012 at 9:34 PM

 

No kidding.... What the hell? And now a shoot out? I hate this game!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/21/2012 at 9:36 PM

 

Here we go!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/21/2012 at 9:38 PM

 

Dr. Fil!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/21/2012 at 9:42 PM

 

That was for you MD!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/21/2012 at 9:43 PM

 
Valtteri Filppula

Valtteri Filppula
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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