Red Wings – Stars Pregame Notes

Mike Modano makes his return to Dallas tonight as the Red Wings visit the Stars. It’ll be the first time a Stars team that Modano wasn’t a part of ever takes the ice in Dallas and he’ll be lined up across from them as the third line is slated to start.

Also starting: Chris Osgood, who traditionally does very well against Dallas. Being superstitious, I don’t like how much the media was making of that when it was announced.

Kari Lehtonen gets the start for the Stars, the first time he’s faced the Wings since being moved to Dallas last spring.

Osgood Shines Early as Red Wings Double Up Thrashers

Detroit goalie Chris Osgood kept a shutout going for just over fifty minutes Friday night, finishing the night with 31 saves en route to a 6-3 win for the Red Wings over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Osgood stopped Rich Peverley twice and kept out a chance by Ilya Kovalchuk to keep the Thrashers off the board early.

“Osgood made some great saves in the first period,” Thrashers head coach John Anderson said. “Games change complexion when one team is down or us and if we had gotten up, it might have changed the way we played.”

Brian Rafalski scored the game’s first goal with 6:20 left in the first period, jumping up from the right point to snap a shot past Atlanta netminder Kari Lehtonen.

Pavel Datsyuk extended the Detroit lead just seconds after Kovalchuk failed to score, snapping a wrister from the left circle past Lehtonen on a rush with Johan Franzen.

Jiri Hudler made it 3-0 just two minutes later, scoring on a breakaway.

The teams traded third-period goals three times. Johan Franzen and Bryan Little each scored on the power play, then Marian Hossa and Vyacheslav Kozlov scored less than two minutes apart. Dan Cleary and Colin Stuart wrapped up the scoring.

Hossa Leads Thrashers Past Red Wings

Marian Hossa scored a natural hat trick to open the scoring for the Thrashers Tuesday night and the Detroit Red Wings never recovered as Atlanta cruised to a 5-1 victory.

Hossa scored twice on the power play and once at even-strength in the first 21:14 of the game, earning his seventh career hat trick.

The first power play goal came at 7:33, when Hossa skated out of the corner and moved out front of the goal untouched, putting a shot past Chris Osgood.

Hossa’s second game at with 5:38 left in the period. Brett Lebda missed the puck while retreating at center ice and Hossa pounced on it, jumping past him and skating in on goal alone before throwing a quick shot by Osgood.

Wide open in the slot on a power play, Hossa scored his third goal at 1:14 of the second. Todd White drew two defenders to him along the boards and the already-shorthanded Wings couldn’t cover Hossa when he took a pass and rifled a shot into the net.

Atlanta would get a power play goal from Eric Perrin and a late goal by former Red Wing Slava Kozlov to wrap up the scoring.

Niklas Kronwall scored Detroit’s only goal.

Osgood stopped 13 of 17 shots against before being replaced in net by Dominik Hasek. Hasek allowed the game’s final goal, stopping seven of eight shots. Kari Lehtonen made 46 saves on Detroit’s 47 shots.