Detroit at Columbus (1/27/09)

The Red Wings were in Columbus tonight to face the Blue Jackets.  This was the first game back after the All-Star break. Lidstrom and Datsyuk were out of the lineup because they sat out for the All-Star game.  That’s all I’m going to say about that.  See the previous post if you want a few more details.

Osgood was in net for the Wings and Mason was in for the Blue Jackets.

The Red Wings seemed a little rusty for the first five minutes or so.  Columbus was out-shooting them and out-chancing them.  Then near the halfway point of the period Detroit got a power play and Hossa scored.  Osgood made some fantastic saves early on and throughout the first period to give his team a chance to find their rhythm.

Early in the second period Zetterberg left the game with back spasms and did not return.  Later in the second Detroit went on the power play.  Nash intercepted a pass from Meech and took off toward the net.  He ended up all alone against Osgood.  His shot squeaked through the five hole for a shorthanded goal.

Before the Blue Jackets had even finished celebrating Lebda scored to re-take the lead.  After the face off everybody was fighting for the puck and it came back to Lebda.  He shot it through about four people.  Mason didn’t see it until it was right on top of him.  He didn’t have a chance on that one.  That made it two one Detroit.

A few minutes later the Blue Jackets went on the power play.  Nash threw the puck towards the front of the net and it went off Rafalski and into the net.

After two period Detroit was trailing in every category including shots, chances, face off wins and hits.  Suffice it to say that they were lucky to be tied.

There was no scoring in the third which left the score tied at the end of regulation.

In the overtime period Rick Nash scored the game winner for Columbus.  They shot the puck and it kind of bounced around in front of the net.  Osgood was in position for the shot but instead it ended up at the side of the net.  Nash came around from behind and popped it in before Osgood could get over there.  That was a game winning overtime goal and also gave Nash a hat trick so the crowd went bananas. The Columbus fans should go home and write a thank you note to Commissioner Bettman.

This didn’t seem like a very good performance by the Wings.  Of course they were missing some significant players to begin with and then lost Zetterberg.

This 2-3 overtime loss brings us to:
69 points

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