Conklin, Datsyuk Lead Red Wings Past Blue Jackets

Ty Conklin stopped all 23 shots he faced and Pavel Datsyuk played a part in all three Detroit goals Tuesday night as the pair carried the Red Wings to a 3-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The shutout was Conklin’s fourth of the season and second in a row at home. All four have come at Joe Louis Arena.

Conklin’s biggest stop of the night came about nine minutes into the game, when he stretched across the crease to knock down a Michael Peca shot that looked like it was going into the open side of the net.

“That was basically a goal into an empty net and he made an unbelievable save,” Detroit sniper Marian Hossa said. “The game could have gone either way… He saved a huge goal and then we started playing well a little after that.”

Datsyuk scored the game’s first goal on a Red Wings’ power play 3:45 into the third period. The puck squirted free after a scramble at the crease and Datsyuk jumped up to put it back on net and in.

Just 2:14 later Hossa snapped a shot past Columbus netminder Steve Mason on another power play, giving Datsyuk his second point of the night.

Henrik Zetterberg added an empty-net goal with 30 seconds remaining in the game. Datsyuk stole the puck at the Detroit blue line but lost his stick in the process, then kicked the puck up to Zetterberg, earning him his second assist and third point.

Detroit’s Chris Chelios played in his 880th career win, breaking a tie with Scott Stevens for most all-time.

Oilers Down Red Wings to Even Series

The Edmonton Oilers rallied late in the second period, scoring twice to take a 3-2 lead over the Detroit Red Wings and not allowing a goal in the third to tie the series at one.

With the Oilers trailing, 2-1, Michael Peca forced a turnover behind the Detroit goal and got the puck out to Fernando Pisani, who slipped it between the post and Detroit goalie Manny Legace‘s pad to even the game

Just 57 seconds later, defenseman Chris Pronger stole the puck from Jason Williams at the Detroit blue line and sent a pass to rookie Brad Winchester. From the slot, Winchester put a wrist shot over Legace’s glove to give Edmonton the lead.

The Oilers bounced back from their Game One loss in double-overtime with the first goal of the game, their first of the series at even strength, when Pronger sent a blast from the blue line past Legace while the teams skated four-on-four with 7:28 remaining in the first.

The Red Wings got on the board with 5:10 remaining in the opening period. Jason Williams tried to send the puck out front from behind the goal but the puck was bounced back to him. He kicked it from one skate to the other and move it toward the net, where it bounced off the post, then hit Edmonton netminder Dwayne Roloson‘s skate and went back into the net.

Henrik Zetterberg put Detroit in front at 7:11 of the second with a power play goal. A shot from the point deflected off of Roloson’s arm and bounced over the Edmonton goalie as Zetterberg skated throught he crease behind him. Zetterberg picked up the loose puck and threw it into the net.

In the game’s closing seconds, Jarret Stoll added an empty-net goal for Edmonton.

Legace finished the game with 20 saves on 23 shots while Roloson stopped 33 of the 35 that he faced.

The Red Wings scored once on their four power play chances and held Edmonton to no goals on three chances with the man-advantage.

The series now shifts to Edmonton for Game Three on Tuesday night.

Pavel Datsyk returned to the Detroit lineup after missing Game One with a leg injury.

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