Detroit at Columbus (3/22/08)

The game started off with a pretty fast pace. Detroit looked great and got lots of shots on goal while holding the Blue Jackets to very few.  In fact, the Blue Jackets were down by two goals before registering their first shot. The Red Wings scored two power play goals in the first 10 minutes. Datsyuk showed great patience on the first goal.  He waited for the perfect opening to feed Lidstrom for the slap shot. Zetterberg got the second goal into a mostly wide open net thanks to a nice cross ice pass again from Datsyuk.

The Red Wings continued to dominate in the second period. They didn’t get any more goals, but they skated circles around Columbus. The Wings were first to almost every loose puck. They just seemed to have a lot more fire than the Blue Jackets.

Rick Nash scored for the Blue Jackets in the opening seconds of the third period.  That seem to give the team a little energy and they started playing a bit better.  It was short-lived however.  Franzen continued his hot streak with a goal set up by a nice fake shot by Chelios.   Then Datsyuk did some great work on a penalty kill, made nice move on Norrena and scored short handed.  That put out whatever spark the Jackets had left.

Overall it was an incredible performance by the Red Wings.  A complete 60 minute team effort.  Just the sort of game that you want to see going into the playoffs.

This 4-1 win brings us to:
50-20-6
106 points

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