When Jason Williams collapsed to the ice after a hit by Edmonton’s Raffi Torres on Wednesday, two thoughts ran through my mind:
1) Jiri Fischer.
2) This is nothing like Jiri Fischer.
I think that since Fischer’s collapse on the bench last November, every time a player goes down there is a feeling of immediate dread. The first thought is the worst, that something horrible has happened. That’s thought number one.
Thought number two is that it’s not likely that we will ever see something like what happened to Jiri Fischer again. There aren’t many stories like it in the NHL’s almost 90-year history. Bill Masterton (obvoiusly, the worst), Clint Malarchuk, Trent McCleary.
Every time something like what happened to those players happens, the fear that it will happen again is renewed, and so Fischer jumped immediately to mind with Williams lying on the ice.
Williams suffered “only” a concussion. He’s expected to return quickly. This time, we can be thankful that this is nothing like Jiri Fischer.
The Detroit Red Wings picked up their seventh victory in as many games Wednesday night, holding the Edmonton Oilers scoreless en route to a 3-0.
The Red Wings set the tone for the game in the first period, going without a goal but holding the Oilers without a shot. Edmonton wouldn’t be credited with a chance on Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek until 20 seconds into the second period.
Dan Cleary‘s third goal in the last two games put the Red Wings on the board 1:35 later, when he tipped a shot from the point by Kirk Maltby past Edmonton netminder Dwayne Roloson.
Henrik Zetterberg stretched the Wings’ lead to two at 2:57 of the third period, scoring a shorthanded, bad-angle goal after Roloson lost track of the puck on a Detroit 3-on-2.
Detroit’s power play finally clicked with 4:32 remaining in the game when Jiri Hudler banged home a rebound chance with the Oilers down a man.
Hasek needed to stop only 16 shots on the night while Roloson made 42 saves on 45 shots.
The Red Wings stopped six Edmonton power plays and scored on one of their seven chances with the extra attacker. Three of those power plays came in the final half of a third period that saw the Oilers frustrated.
Detroit dodged a bullet in the second period when Jason Williams took a shoulder to the head from Raffi Torres. Williams crashed to the ice, hitting his head again, and didn’t move.
After he was carried from the ice on a stretcher, it was announced that he would be fine and was being treated as a precautionary measure.
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Edmonton Oilers at Detroit Red Wings
November 8, 2006 – 8:00 PM
Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood stopped all 26 shots that he faced and Tomas Holmstrom scored twice to lead the visiting Red Wings to a 4-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Both of Holmstrom’s goals came on the power play, as the Red Wings went two-for-seven with the man-advantage.
After a scoreless first period that saw the Blue Jackets control the play, Detroit took over the game.
Holmstrom’s first goal of the night opened the scoring at 7:06 of the middle frame. Jason Williams one-timed a shot from above the high slot that Holmstrom deflected down at the top of the crease and past Columbus goalie Pascal Leclaire.
With 1:51 left in the period, Mark Mowers scored his second goal of the season to put Detroit up by two, deflecting a Nicklas Lidstrom shot from the point past Leclaire.
Holmstrom’s second of the night came 4:52 into the third period. Pavel Datsyuk carried the puck behind the net and sent it out front into the slot, where Holmstrom was open to bang it back at the net and by Leclaire.
Mathieu Schnieder added a goal on a blast from the top of the left circle with 1:47 remaining in the game.
Detroit stopped all seven of Columbus’ power play chances.
Leclaire made 37 saves on 41 shots in the Blue Jackets’ net.
The Red Wings are back in action on Sunday when they visit the Colorado Avalanche for the first time this season. They earned a 7-3 win over Colorado in Detroit on November 23.
missed the game with a hip injury.
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Detroit Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets
January 18, 2006 – 7:00 PM