Hossa Scores Twice as Red Wings Down Devils

Marian Hossa scored two goals and Chris Osgood made 24 stops to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 win over the visiting New Jersey Devils Saturday night.

Hossa’s first goal came just 3:30 into the game, disproving the idea that the Red Wings might need time to get their legs back after five days of rest following a ten-day West Coast road trip.

Former Devil Brian Rafalski shot the puck in off the end boards behind goalie Kevin Weekes. Hossa jumped on the puck and put a quick shot to the near side off of Weekes and in.

New Jersey tied the game at 4:15 of the second period when Zach Parise tipped a shot by Johnny Oduya past Osgood.

Hossa scored his second of the night with 9:19 left in the middle frame, breaking into the New Jersey zone on a two-on-one with Tomas Holmstrom. Hossa faked a pass across and then snapped a shot between Weekes’ pads to put the Wings back up by a goal.

Osgood was called on to preserve the lead with three minutes remaining in the period and the Devils on the power play. Patrik Elias drove to the net to deflect a Jamie Langenbrunner chance but Osgood dove across the crease, knocking the puck out of the air and grabbing it before it could cross the goal line.

Kirk Maltby added an insurance marker for Detroit, scoring his first of the season at 4:11 of the third period.

The Devils lost forward Brian Gionta with just over seven minutes remaining in the second period. Gionta moved to hit Detroit defenseman Derek Meech but Meech braced himself and put a shoulder into Gionta, who went down, hitting his head on the boards.

Red Wings – Devils Pregame Notes

The Red Wings are back after the week they got off following their long West Coast road trip. They host a New Jersey Devils team that’s battling a whole mess of injuries.

Unless you’ve been living under a hockey rock for the last week, you’ve heard that Martin Brodeur is on the shelf for up to for months. Kevin Weekes replaces him in the New Jersey crease.

Brodeur is one of seven Devils on the IR. Also out are Paul Martin, Brian Rolston, Bobby Holik, Barry Tallackson, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, and Andy Greene.

The Wings will still be without Johan Franzen, who hopes to return to the lineup on Tuesday.

This will be Brian Rafalski‘s first matchup against his former team (the Wings and Devils didn’t play each other last season).

No player who will be in the New Jersey lineup tonight has ever been present for a New Jersey win in Detroit.

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