Columbus at Detroit (3/19/08)

The first period was relatively dull. The Red Wings didn’t get much going offensively since they were busy killing off penalties most of the time. There were a few defensive mistakes but Osgood was there to save their bacon as needed.

The second period was more of the same. The only difference was the Blue Jackets scored a power play goal. It was somewhat controversial because the refs sent Lidstrom to the box for high sticking but it was actually Rafalski who committed the foul. Not only that but the high stick happened after a Columbus player ran into Osgood. If that would have been called or if Lidstrom had been on the ice the goal might not have happened.

As dull as the first two periods were, the third period more than made up for it.  Zetterberg decided to take matters into his own hands.  He started with a goal on which he took the puck all the way through the zone, beating two defenders and the goalie to score by sheer force of will.  Then he scored a power play goal on a brilliant pass from Datsyuk to take the lead.  Only a few seconds later he stole puck near center ice and Norrena came out to challenge.  Zetterberg dipped around him and popped in it for a natural hat trick!

To the best of my recollection this is the first time that I’ve seen a true natural hat trick.  Way to go, Hank!

This 3-1 win brings us to:
102 points

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