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.

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