Red Wings Waste Stellar Performance by Howard, Fall to Columbus 1-0

Jimmy Howard stopped 39 of 40 shots against on Monday night but it wasn’t enough for the Detroit Red Wings, who dropped a 1-0 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets in overtime.

Blue Jackets netminder Steve Mason stopped all 34 shots he faced – including two in overtime – in earning the shutout victory.

It was the third time in their last four games that the Red Wings were shut out.

The only goal of the game came 3:12 into the overtime period when Fredrik Modin walked around Detroit blueliner Brad Stuart and snapped a shot on net from the top of the left faceoff circle. Modin then jumped into the slot to pick up the rebound and slid it in around the sprawling Howard.

The Red Wings were once again unable to capitalize on any of their four power plays, including 43 seconds of five-on-three.

Columbus went scoreless on three power play tries.

The Red Wings next action will be their annual New Years Eve game as they play host to the Colorado Avalanche.

Detroit forward Ville Leino was a healthy scratch in favor of call-up Mattias Ritola… The Blue Jackets were without Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina, acquired earlier in the day from the Washington Capitals for Jason Chimera.

Sloppy Red Wings Fall to Blue Jackets

Bad passing and off-target shooting in the first two periods Friday night helped lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

By the time they found their game in the third period, the Red Wings were already down 2-0 and were unable to recover.

Johan Franzen cut Columbus’ lead to a goal at 4:53 of the third with the teams playing four aside. Niklas Kronwall fired a long shot on net that was stopped by Blue Jackets netminder Fredrik Norrena but Franzen was on the doorstep to swat in the rebound.

Adam Foote put the Blue Jackets back up by a pair on a power play goal with 2:05 remaining in regulation.

Dan Fritsche had opened the game’s scoring with 3:20 remaining in the first period, banking in a shot from the left circle while Jason Chimera crashed the side of the net.

Alexander Svitov put Columbus up by two with a power play goal at 7:43 of the second, deflecting a shot from the top of the right circle by Foote past goalie Dominik Hasek.

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Red Wings. They’ll look to rebound Saturday night when they visit the Colorado Avalanche, the team they beat to start the now-ended streak.

Early Lead Holds in Blue Jackets’ Win Over Red Wings

The Columbus Blue Jackets scored three times in the first period and added one more late in the third, holding off a comeback by the Detroit Red Wings to pick up a 4-3 win.

Columbus opened the scoring at 8:30 with a shorthanded goal by Jason Chimera. Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek misplayed the puck behind the net and Chimera jumped on it, looping back out in front of the goal to lift a shot over Hasek’s shoulder and into the top of the net.

Just 1:24, the Blue Jackets’ lead went to two when Rick Nash got the puck all alone in front of Hasek and put it around the sprawling goaltender.

With 1:22 remaining in the period, former Red Wing Sergei Fedorov notched his first of two goals on the night on a wrister from the right circle between Hasek’s legs, a power play goal.

Goaltender Chris Osgood, returning from a hand injury that forced him to miss six weeks, took over in the Detroit net for the second period as the Red Wings mounted a comeback.

With 6:03 remaining in the middle frame, Robert Lang got the puck from behind the net on a pass by Dan Cleary and put a shot into Columbus netminder Fredrik Norrena. Lang picked up his own rebound and reached across the top of the crease, putting it around Norrena to get the Red Wings on the board.

The game’s final minutes became a shootout when Jiri Hudler wristed a shot past Norrena with 7:18 remaining in regulation.

The Red Wings pressured to get the tying goal but Fedorov notched his second of the night with 1:52 remaining on a 3-on-1. Only 20 seconds later, Lang scored again to pull Detroit back within one.

With Osgood on the bench for the extra attacker, the Red Wings were unable to pull even and Columbus held on for the win.

Osgood finished the night with 13 saves on 14 shots, allowing only the eventual game-winner to Fedorov. Hasek made nine saves on 12 shots in his period of play, while Norrena stopped 33 of 36 shots against.

The Blue Jackets scored the game’s only power play goal on one of their six tries with the man-advantage. Detroit had four power play attempts.

The two teams will meet again in Detroit on Wednesday in the second game of their home-and-home series.

Wings Close Out 2005 with Win over Jackets

In their final game of the 2005 calendar year, the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-2.

The game was Detroit’s 60th in franchise history on New Year’s Eve and the win gave them an overall record of 31-21-8 in those games. They have won their last five games on December 31.

The Red Wings were behind early, when Columbus got goals from Rick Nash and Jason Chimera to open the scoring.

At 9:27 of the first period as the teams skated 4-on-4, former Red Wing Jamie Pushor fired a shot from the point that Nash tipped in the slot, getting it past Detroit netminder Chris Osgood.

Just 36 seconds into the second period, the Blue Jackets struck again when Chimera skated around defenseman Brett Lebda at the Detroit blueline and outwaited a sprawling Osgood to put the puck behind him.

Long-time Red Wing Sergei Fedorov sent Johan Franzen crashing into Columbus goalie Pascal Leclaire at 1:51 of the second, knocking Leclaire out of the game and putting Fedorov in the penalty box.

On the ensuing power play, 1:16 later, Nicklas Lidstrom fired a shot from the blue line that found its way into the net behind Marc Denis to put Detroit on the board.

Mathieu Schneider tied the game 4:50 later, firing a shot from the high slot that deflected off a diving Fedorov and past Denis.

The Red Wings gained the lead with 53 seconds left in the period when Mikael Samuelsson scored. Robert Lang threw the puck on net from the right circle and Denis kicked it back to that side of the net while moving to the far post. Samuelsson jumped from behind the net to knock the puck into the open goal.

Lidstrom scored his second of the night at 4:19 of the third period. When the puck bounced off the left wing boards and came into an empty left circle, Lidstrom jumped up from the point and rifled a shot into the net.

With 5:34 remaining, Samuelsson’s second goal of the game closed the scoring. He had the puck all alone at the side of the crease and lifted a shot over Denis’ shoulder for a power play goal.

Osgood ended up facing only 15 shots on the night, stopping 13 of them. Leclaire stopped all 13 shots he faced while Denis made 25 saves on 30 shots.

Detroit went two-for-six on the power play and held Columbus without a goal on five chances with the extra skater.

The Red Wings will host the Minnesota Wild in their first game of the 2006 calendar year on Tuesday.

Goalie Manny Legace returned to the Red Wings’ roster after a one-game rehab stint in Grand Rapids on Friday. He backed up Chris Osgood.

Wings’ 4th Goalie of Season Ties in Debut

Marc Lamothe made 29 saves on 30 shots in his debut as a Red Wing, holding off the Edmonton Oilers to allow Detroit to come back for a 1-1 tie.

The Oilers’ game plan was to test Lamothe early, hope he was nervous, and try to get as many shots against him as possible. It worked””at least, it got them on the board early. Georges Laraque carried the puck around the net, muscling Mathieu Schneider out of the way as he skated. Laraque threw the puck across the goal crease. Jason Chimera was waiting at the other side of the net in perfect position to bank the puck past Lamothe.

Lamothe looked a little shaky on a few of the saves he had to make after giving up his first goal. He seemed to have a hard time getting his glove on the puck and covering up rebounds, but he settled in as the game went by. Lamothe kept the Oilers from going up by a pair with a big leg pad save against Shawn Horcoff with 3:50 left in the first.

Tommy Salo was no slouch at the other end of the ice. He scrambled to keep a low shot by Steve Yzerman out of the net. The play was reviewed, and the officials determined that Salo’s leg pad just barely blocked the puck from crossing the goal line.

Detroit thought they had tied up the game on a goal by Brendan Shanahan late in the second, but the referee instead called an interference penalty on Tomas Holmstrom for keeping Salo from getting back into the goal crease, so the goal was disallowed.

Nicklas Lidstrom finally tied the game up for Detroit with only 7:04 left in regulation. Yzerman’s pass to the right faceoff dot was bouncing horribly, but Lidstrom didn’t care. With the flat of his stick against the the flat of the puck, he slung the puck towards the net and right past Salo.

Brett Hull, Pavel Datsyuk, and Jiri Fischer had a good passing play in overtime which could have ended the game had Hull’s shot reached the net, but the puck was bouncing strangely and the Oilers were able to get it away. Lamothe had to be sharp to make saves on Eric Brewer and Ethan Moreau to keep the game a tie.

The Oilers outshot the Red Wings 30 to 26.

The Red Wings continue their western road trip with a game against the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday night.

Curtis Joseph skated on his injured ankle today. He is expected to return sometime next week. Manny Legace will likely get the start in the remaining games before Joseph’s return…. Derian Hatcher‘s knee is healing nicely, and he is still on schedule to return on or about March 8.

An “A” for Effort, But Still Only One Point

The Red Wings’ fans have been waiting all month to see their team play against a “normal” team (as in, not the Avs) with as much jump and energy as they had in the second and third period against the Edmonton Oilers. They won two-thirds of the faceoffs. They outshot and outscored the Oilers by a large margin, and their passing was excellent. It was a wonderful, dominating performance, the sort of game we would expect from the defending Stanley Cup Champions. There was just one problem.

The Oilers won anyway, 4-3 in overtime.

Edmonton came out with a lot of enthusiasm to start the game and really controlled the first period. They started off the scoring with a goal by Anson Carter. Mike York made the first shot, and Curtis Joseph made the first save. Carter came out from behind the net to get the puck and put it in through Joseph’s five-hole.

Another defensive breakdown by Detroit led to the Oilers’ second goal. Dan Cleary won a battle for the puck in the corner and centered the puck. Jani Rita got to it before anyone could stop him. He took the extra second to wait for Joseph to drop to block the expected low shot, then put the puck high.

The Red Wings managed to slow the game down enough to keep the Oilers from scoring again, but they didn’t really take charge of the game until the second period. As soon as the second period started, they looked like a completely different team than they had in the first. Detroit applied its considerable offensive pressure in the Edmonton zone, and goalie Jussi Markkanen had to come up with some large saves to hold onto the lead.

Detroit got on the board with two skillful power plays. Igor Larionov scored the first goal 7:34 into the period. Jason Woolley made the pass from the blue line to Henrik Zetterberg behind the net. Zetterberg passed out front to Brett Hull, who took the shot. Larionov then banged at the rebound until it went in- an unusual role for him, but it got the goal.

The Red Wings then got the golden opportunity of a five-on-three power play with Todd Marchant and Ethan Moreau both in the penalty box. Sergei Fedorov won the draw and got the puck back to Nicklas Lidstrom. Lidstrom passed across to Hull, who one-timed the shot into the small space between Markkanen and his short side goalpost for his 20th goal of the season and the 699th goal of his career.

The Red Wings continued their dominant play into the third period, even during a slashing penalty to Dmitri Bykov. Marchant mishandled the puck at the blue line, and Kirk Maltby poked it through to Kris Draper, flying up the ice. Draper got the shot off and into the net just before he was taken down by Eric Brewer.

Unfortunately, the Red Wings relaxed for just 30 seconds after the shorthanded goal, and that was all the Oilers needed to tie the game back up. Carter got through and made a shot on net which deflected up and over Joseph’s leg pads.

Markkanen had to continue his excellent game, as the Wings continued pressing, all the way to overtime and part of the way into it. The puck took a bad bounce for Detroit, though, sending Brewer and Jason Chimera up on a two-on-one rush. Mathieu Dandenault took the passing lane away, and Zetterberg tried to get back to help, but Joseph had come out of the net too far, and Brewer got the puck around him and into the net.

The final count of shots on net was 39-22 in Detroit’s favor. The Red Wings will continue their road trip with a Friday night stop in Vancouver to play the Canucks.

Brett Hull’s 20th goal of the season moves him into the lead in team goal scoring…. Kris Draper’s goal was the Red Wings’ 10th shorthanded goal of the year, which moved the team back into the lead for shorthanded goals. The Columbus Blue Jackets are in second with nine.

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