Goaltender Chris Osgood stopped all twelve shots he faced Wednesday night, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues.
The Red Wings got on the board early and never gave the Blues room to work.
Henrik Zetterberg opened the game’s scoring just 22 seconds in, six seconds into a Detroit power play. Zetterberg won an offensive-zone draw and the puck came to Brian Rafalski at the point. Rafalski sent it down low to Tomas Holmstrom and Holmstrom sent a blind backhand pass across the crease to Zetterberg who put it into the open side of the net.
The Red Wings would add a second power play goal at 5:16 of the second.
A Dan Cleary shot from the slot was blocked by defenseman Eric Brewer and the puck bounced out into the right circle. Mikael Samuellson jumped up from the point, faked a shot, and then rifled the puck past St. Louis netminder Manny Legace.
Cleary added a goal of his own with 5:47 left in the period, picking up a bouncing puck at the St. Louis blue line and skating in all alone on Legace, putting a shot through him to close out the game’s scoring.
The former Red Wing Legace finished the night with 35 saves on Detroit’s 38 shots.
Detroit went two-for-eleven on the power play while the Blues were held without a goal on their three tries with the extra attacker.
The Red Wings return to the ice on Thursday when they visit the Nashville Predators in a Thanksgiving Day matchup.
Tomas Kopecky left the game with a shoulder injury in the second period and did not return.