Red Wings Down Blue Jackets in Shootout

The Detroit Red Wings ended their three-game losing streak on Sunday night, defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 in a shootout.

Pavel Datsyuk, Jiri Hudler, and Johan Franzen scored in the tiebreaker for the Red Wings. Franzen’s goal was the game-winner, coming in the fifth round before Chris Osgood stopped David Vyborny on Columbus’ chance to extend the game.

Most of the game’s goals came on the power play.

Duvie Westcott got Columbus on the board with a power play goal with 9:31 remaining in the first period but the Red Wings even things up with a Nicklas Lidstrom goal 4:27 later while skating five-on-three.

Tomas Holmstrom tipped a Lidstrom shot past goalie Pascal Leclaire for a power play goal just 26 seconds later and Sergei Fedorov tied things up again on a two-man advantage at 40 seconds into the second period.

Brett Lebda scored the game’s first even-strength goal at 1:42 of the second, a rifled shot from the left circle.

Rick Nash pulled the Blue Jackets back into a tie after a gaffe by Chris Osgood with Columbus on the power play late in the second. Osgood played the puck behind the net and had to scramble to get back in front to make a stop. The rebound came to Nash and Osgood couldn’t get in position to make the stop with 5:34 remaining.

The teams traded even-strength goals in the third period. Nikolai Zherdev put the rebound of a shot by Nash past Osgood with 6:09 remaining and Datsyuk evened things up with 4:50 left, picking up the puck after his own blocked shot and roofing it over Leclaire.

Osgood stopped 36 of a season-high 40 shots against. Leclaire made 31 saves on 35 shots against.

The Red Wings were two-for-three on the power play while the Blue Jackets scored on three of their five chances with the extra attacker.


Leclaire left the game for 3:07 in the second period to be lectured by Columbus head coach Ken Hitchcock. Fredrik Norrena faced no shots in that time.

Red Wings Down Blue Jackets in Team’s First-Ever Shootout

The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in Detroit’s first-ever shootout Tuesday night as goalie Chris Osgood stopped former Red Wing Sergei Fedorov on Columbus’ final shot.

As Fedorov – who was taunted by the crowed throughout the night – skated in on Osgood, he fired a high shot that Osgood deflected with his shoulder.

Jaroslav Balastik had scored on Columbus’ first shootout chance before Pavel Datsyuk and Jason Williams scored for Detroit. Henrik Zetterberg, who was scheduled to take Detroit’s third shot, was not required to shoot with Detroit already up by a goal.

The Red Wings were the last NHL team to be involved in a shootout.

Robert Lang, back from eight games off with a groin injury, scored the first goal of the game just 4:16 in. Brett Lebda sent a hard pass from the point to Lang at the side of the crease, where he redirected it into the net.

Rick Nash tied the game for Columbus with 6:47 left in the period. He was left all alone in the slot to take a pass from the right wing boards. Defenseman Chris Chelios tried to stop him by tripping him on a play that was going to be called a penalty but Nash kept control of the puck and slipped it between Osgood’s pads.

The Red Wings regained the lead 3:14 later when Mark Mowers deflected a shot from the point by Lebda.

The Blue Jackets rallied in the third period, when Duvie Westcott scored a power play goal at 8:30. As Lebda skated without a stick, Westcott was able to jump from the blueline into the slot and take a pass from behind the net, one-timing it past Osgood.

Brendan Shanahan put the Red Wings back in the lead 2:10 later, tipping a shot from Nicklas Lidstrom at the blue line in mid-air in the high slot.

Nikolai Zherdev forced overtime, scoring with 4:09 remaining in the third period on a wraparound attempt that caught Osgood looking the wrong way.

Osgood finished the game with 30 saves on 33 shots while Columbus’ Pascal Leclaire stopped 35 of the 38 shots he faced.

Detroit was held without a goal on their seven power play chances and held Columbus to one goal on five tries with the man-advantage.

The Red Wings are back in action on Friday when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks.

Wings Down Columbus in Tight Game

A player coming back into a team’s lineup after missing quite a few games usually hopes to get through the game without making any glaring mistakes in timing. If he can make a positive impact, then that’s a bonus. Jason Williams and Curtis Joseph both provided the Red Wings with excellent bonuses tonight. Williams scored two goals in his first game since January 16, and Joseph made 31 saves in his first game since February 11, propelling the Red Wings to a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

As always, the Blue Jackets were eager to play the Red Wings, and they got the game off to a good start. Trevor Letowski opened the scoring with 6:36 gone in the second period. Joseph made a save against Nikolai Zherdev, and his left side was still tight to the goalpost when he lost sight of the puck. The puck bounced off the back boards, and Letowski was able to get to it and slide it in to Joseph’s right before the goalie could get back across. Williams tied the game a little while later. Joseph settled the puck behind his own net and sent it along to Jiri Fischer. Fischer made a good pass to Brendan Shanahan to clear the defensive zone, and Shanahan sent it to Williams flying through center ice. Williams carried across the blue line, danced around defenseman Anders Eriksson, and backhanded a high shot past goaltender Marc Denis.

Detroit thought they had moved into the lead just a moment later when Tomas Holmstrom deflected a shot into the net, but the officials ruled that he had knocked the puck in with his stick higher than crossbar level.

The Blue Jackets had a very good chance to regain the lead early in the second period; they were awarded back to back 5-on-3 power plays. First Boyd Devereaux was sent out for hooking, and Darren McCarty followed with a tripping call. Chris Chelios, Nicklas Lidstrom, and Steve Yzerman did an excellent job of getting in the Blue Jackets’ way and sending the puck down the ice, and Joseph made a surprising kick save against Zherdev, who thought he had a wide open net.

Just as Devereaux jumped back onto the ice, the referees assessed a high-sticking penalty to Chelios. This time Derian Hatcher, Mathieu Schneider, and Kirk Maltby weathered the power play storm.

The Red Wings took advantage of a bad line change by Columbus to move into the lead shortly after returning to even strength. Lidstrom forced a turnover at Detroit’s blue line and passed the puck across to Schneider. Schneider sent the puck ahead to Ray Whitney, and Whitney got it to Williams just as he was crossing the Columbus blue line. Williams faked a forehand shot, then switched to his backhand and lifted the puck over Denis.

Zherdev tied the game up with just 3:11 left in the second with a shot that beat Joseph low to the glove side.

However, Joseph made an excellent poke check against Rick Nash midway through the third, which not only denied the young forward an excellent scoring chance, but also set up Brett Hull‘s game winning goal. Yzerman picked up the puck from Joseph and headed up the right wing side on a three on two rush. He passed to Lidstrom coming up the middle, and Lidstrom made a neat pass left to Hull. Hull one-timed a hard wrist shot which went right through Denis. Henrik Zetterberg finished up the game with an empty net goal with 5 seconds left to play. Detroit outshot Columbus by a slight margin: shots were 35 to 33. The Red Wings will return home to face their next opponent, the Dallas Stars, Saturday afternoon at the Joe.