Detroit at Columbus (2/13/09)

Detroit went to Columbus tonight for the second half of back to back games. Osgood started again for the Wings and Mason started for the Blue Jackets. Osgood was coming off a solid performance the previous night against the Wild.

Early in the first period Chelios turned the puck over to Peca. Peca passed to Torres who snapped a nice shot by Osgood’s glove hand into the top corner. That gave the Blue Jackets the early lead one to nothing.

In the second period Lidstrom was called for hooking. At the end of the power play Zetterberg was trying to clear but it went to Russell instead. He tried to dump it back deep but instead it went to Datsyuk who was quickly moving toward center ice. At the same time Lidstrom came charging out of the penalty box. Datsyuk hit him with a perfect feed and Lidstrom ended up all alone against Mason. Lidstrom took the shot and beat him high on the glove side to tie the game at one. It was a sweet play and a very demoralizing way for the Blue Jackets to end their power play.

Later in the second period Columbus was really pressuring hard. Osgood was making save after save and the Wings just couldn’t seem to clear. It got dicey in front and Osgood was down on the ice. It looked like he had the puck under his arm but somehow it came out and Chimera popped it home. That put the Blue Jackets back up by one.

In the third period the Blue Jackets turned the puck over to Hudler at their own blue line. Hudler quickly passed it to Samuelsson in the slot area. He ripped a shot past Mason to tie the game at two.

With about seven minutes left in the third the tie was broken by the Blue Jackets. Helm was checked off the puck and it was taken by Columbus. They passed to ex-Red Wing Jason Williams at the blue line. He walked in on the net two on one against Rafalski. Samuelsson came back but not in time to help. Rafalski took the pass away so Williams shot and scored.

In the final minute Osgood went to the bench for the extra skater. The Wings had one great chance at a goal but Mason made an awesome save. Detroit took their timeout to regroup and try again. The Wings weren’t able to get the goal so the Jackets won three to two.

I thought the Wings were somewhat sloppy defensively in this one at times. There were way too many times when Osgood had to make brilliant saves. The Red Wings still out shot the Blue Jackets but they had too many quality chances. The Blue Jackets played with a lot of energy. Considering they had just played the previous night the Wings didn’t look bad. They seemed to have their legs and got better as the game progressed but the Blue Jackets were really good at forcing mistakes and then capitalizing on them.

This 2-3 loss brings us to:
81 points

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