Osgood Blanks Blue Jackets in 4-0 Red Wings Win

Detroit netminder Chris Osgood stopped al 23 shots he faced Sunday night, leading the Red Wings to a 4-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The shutout was the 49th of Osgood’s career and his 385th career win, tying him with former Red Wing Mike Vernon for 11th all-time. He now sits four wins behind Dominik Hasek for 10th all-time.

With the win, the Red Wings clinched a playoff spot for the 18th consecutive season and reached 100 standings points for an NHL-record nine seasons in a row.

Marian Hossa scored from the side of the net 5:09 into the first period, getting the Wings on the board after an apparent goal in the game’s first minute was waved off due to Tomas Holmstrom having a foot in the crease.

With the Red Wings on a five-on-three 3:53 later, Niklas Kronwall blasted a shot past Columbus goalie Steve Mason to put Detroit up by a pair.

Mikael Samuelsson beat Mason on odd-man rush slap shot with 1:32 remaining in the second period.

At 9:40 of the third period, Johan Franzen sent many of the Columbus fans at Nationwide Arena packing, cutting through the top of the crease and putting a backhander in behind Mason to finish off the game’s scoring.

Kronwall’s goal was the only power play goal by either team. Detroit had five tries with the extra attacker while the Blue Jackets had four.

Mason stopped 26 of the Red Wings’ 30 shots.

Detroit was without forward Valtteri Filppula who missed the game with back spasms. Defenseman Derek Meech was shifted to forward to take his spot in the lineup.

Red Wings’ Filppula Out Against Blue Jackets

An early batch of pregame notes for today’s Red Wings – Blue Jackets tilt before I hit the road…

Head coach Mike Babcock has ruled out forward Valtteri Filppula, who left Saturday’s game with back spasms. Derek Meech will shift to forward once again to take his place in the lineup.

Babcock has not announced which goalie he’ll go with today. During yesterday’s FSN Detroit broadcast Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond were pretty certain Chris Osgood would get the nod for a second game in as many days.

Columbus will be starting Calder Trophy candidate Steve Mason, back from missing one game with the flu.

Four-goal Second Period Leads Red Wings over Blues

The Detroit Red Wings scored four times in the second period Saturday afternoon, carrying them to a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. Three of the goals came in a 46 second span.

Pavel Datsyuk got the Red Wings on the board 4:40 into the second period. Datsyuk took a long outlet pass from Brad Stuart to break into the St. Louis zone on the right wing before cutting to the slot and putting a shot past Blues goalie Chris Mason.

Just ten seconds later, Tomas Kopecky beat Mason, putting the Wings up by a goal. Valtteri Filppula held in a clearing attempt at the blue line and sent the puck to Jiri Hudler in the left circle, who moved it to Kopecky for a wrister past Mason from the right side of the slot.

Brett Lebda finished off Detroit’s surge at 5:26 of the period, snapping a shot past Mason on a rush.

T.J. Oshie had opened the scoring for St. Louis with 5:16 left in the first period, putting a shot from the left side of the slot past Detroit netminder Chris Osgood on a pass from Andy MacDonald behind the net.

A Jeff Woywitka slap shot snuck past Osgood at 9:08 of the second, pulling the Blues to back within a goal.

Datsyuk’s second of the night, a wrister from the left side boards that snuck past two defenders and Mason, came with just 36 seconds left in the second.

Henrik Zetterberg added an empty net goal with 1:57 left in the game.

Osgood finished the afternoon with 30 saves on 32 shots against. Mason stopped 19 of the 23 shots he faced while rookie Ben Bishop, who replaced Mason to start the third period, made three saves without allowing a goal.

The win was Osgood’s 300th as a Red Wing… Marian Hossa returned to the Detroit lineup after missing four with a neck injury.

Red Wings – Blues Pregame Notes

Some late night notes for the afternoon matchup between the Red Wings and Blues on Saturday…

Marian Hossa will return to the Detroit lineup, making his first appearance since last time the Wings were in St. Louis. He skated on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Dan Cleary in practice. Derek Meech is out to make room.

Tomas Holmstrom, who had been skating on the third line since his return from surgery, was skating with Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen on Friday.

Chris Osgood will get the start. My prediction is that if he plays well he’ll get the start again on Sunday, with Mike Babcock sending a message to Ty Conklin. That’s a big “if” with how this season’s gone for Ozzie, though.

One Undeserved Point

I’m not going to waste my time recapping a game the Red Wings didn’t deserve to get a point from.

If a team is going to collapse into defense-only play to preserve a third-period lead, they’d damn well better succeed at preserving that lead. Detroit stopped playing offense Thursday night and still managed to blow their lead. What a mess.

Red Wings – Flames Pregame Notes

Just a reminder, the Red Wings’ game tonight against the Calgary Flames has a 7:00 PM start, not the 7:30 PM we’re all used to.

Detroit will be going with a similar lineup to what they used against Phoenix on Tuesday. Brett Lebda is back in on the blue line, replacing Chris Chelios.

Ty Conklin gets his second start in a row and coach Mike Babcock changes up his goalie rotation. Conklin’s home winning streak will be tested tonight while Chris Osgood‘s superior record against the St. Louis Blues will be taken advantage of on Saturday.

Marian Hossa remains out, aiming for a Saturday return.

Franzen Lifts Red Wings Over Coyotes in OT

Johan Franzen scored with 1:25 remaining in the overtime period Tuesday night, carrying the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the visiting Phoenix Coyotes.

The overtime goal came after Valtteri Filppula won a faceoff in the Phoenix zone. Carrying the puck, Franzen cut to the high slot from the top of the right circle and snapped a shot over goalie Ilya Bryzgalov‘s shoulder.

Filppula had scored the game’s opening goal just 1:18 into the game. Franzen carried the puck down the right wing boards on a three-on-two with Filppula and Jiri Hudler before passing across to Filppula at the Phoenix blueline. Filppula snapped a quick shot into the top corner of the net to get the Red Wings on the board.

Martin Hanzel tied the game with 3:47 left in the opening period, coming out of the corner in the Red Wings end and pushing to the front of the net to bang his own rebound past Detroit netminder Ty Conklin.

A Brian Rafalski power play goal with 9:23 remaining in regulation put Detroit back out in front but Shane Doan deflected an Ed Jovanovski shot from the point on a Phoenix power play just 1:13 later to even things back up.

The Red Wings finished the game one-for-one on the power play while the Coyotes scored on one of their three tries with the extra attacker.

Conklin made 23 saves on 25 Phoenix shots. Bryzgalov stopped forty of Detroit’s 43 attempts.

Tomas Holmstrom returned to the Detroit lineup after missing 18 games with a sports hernia… Marian Hossa missed his third game with a neck injury.

Holmstrom Returns as Lilja is Placed on LTIR

Tomas Holmstrom will return to the Red Wings lineup tonight as Detroit hosts the Phoenix Coyotes but another Wing replaces him on long-term injured reserve.

Detroit placed defenseman Andreas Lilja on LTIR retroactive to February 28, when he suffered a concussion in a fight with Nashville’s Shea Weber. Lilja will miss a minimum of 10 games and 24 days, making him uneligible to return before March 27.

With the move, the Red Wings will be able to keep Jonathan Ericsson in the lineup. Had Lilja not been placed on LTIR, Ericsson would have been sent back to the Grand Rapids Griffins with Holmstrom’s return.

Red Wings – Avalanche Pregame Notes

The Red Wings look to snap their streak of losses in the second of back-to-back games tonight as they visit the Colorado Avalanche one night after defeating the St. Louis Blues.

Detroit is 5-5-1 on the back half of games on consecutive nights this season. All eleven of those games were played on the road.

Ty Conklin gets the start with Chris Osgood having gone last night. The only other change for the Wings is defenseman Derek Meech‘s return to the forward ranks to fill the spot opened by Marian Hossa‘s injury.

The Avalanche will play their first game without Jordan Leopold, having dealt him to Calgary at today’s trade deadline. He was the only player either team cut loose today.

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