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OZ THE GREAT AND THE POWER PLAY.....RED WINGS 4, Columbus 0, Sa 4/18/09
Posted on: 04-18-2009

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RAFALSKI (second from right)


    Chris Osgood recorded his
14th career playoff shutout (to
tie for 4th all-time in the NHL)  and the Red Wings scored a trio of power play
goals to beat the Blue Jackets 4-0 Saturday evening.
    The defending Stanley Cup Champion Detroiters now have a 2-0 lead in the
opening round playoff series against a Columbus club which is in post-season
for the first time in franchise history.
    Osgood made 25-SV including a few in-close to keep Columbus frustrated.
The Jackets have just one goal so far in the series that shifts to Ohio Tuesday.
    The Blue Jackets attempted to play more physical in an effort to slow down
Detroit in game two. All the BJ's accomplished was to parade to the penalty
box and give Detroit's NHL-best power play repeated extra man opportunities.
    Brian Rafalski (#1) made it 1-0 Wings with a left point slapshot for a PPG at
13:33/1. Rafalski's blast deflected off Columbus DEF Fedor Tyutin on its way past
goalie Steve Mason, the third Detroit goal of the series that dinged a Jackets
player on its way into the net.
     Pavel Datsyuk (#1) put the score at 2-0 at 7:18/2 with a second Wing power
play marker. Datsyuk didn't have to do much. Marian Hossa froze Mason when
Hossa faked a wrist shot from the left slot, then passed to Datsyuk inside the
right circle. Datsyuk had an easy conversion tip-in off the heal of his stick to
the open right corner.
    Detroit made it 3-0 before the period was over, Henrik Zetterberg (#1)
wristered a long shot from the right side to beat a stunned Mason to the far
top shelf at 15:30/2 for the game's only even strength goal.
    Jiri Hudler (#2) put the capper on the contest from a far left angle at 3:38/3.
Hudler's P-play wrister deflected off a Jackets defender, the left goalpost, Mason's
side, Mason's pad and then dribbled into the net to let Columbus know it wasn't
their night.
    It got chippy the rest of the way. There were a dozen 3rd-Per penalties,
nine to Columbus, including one boarding and four roughing minors plus one
game misconduct.


R-WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK:   "Let's not get ahead of ourselves here. We've
won two games...Ozzie has played real well, making some big saves...We look like
we're back to playing like we can, being physically engaged. The physical part of our
game is very much underestimated by our opponents. We've got big, strong guys
who like winning."

R-WINGS GOALIE CHRIS OSGOOD:   "I just love playing this time of year. I just can't
wait to get on the ice. It was nice to get the shutout. I'm not a selfish guy, but I love
shutouts...Guys played really well tonight, we didn't give up a lot of odd-man rushes.
Our third guy (forward back) was real solid in the neutral zone. We did a real good
job of clearing guys in front. We're playing desperate now, blocking shots, paying
the price in front of the net. That's what this time of year is all about...We're
confident in our team, in what we do, and how we go about our business. We know
we can't play run-and-gun hockey and flipping it around. That's what make us different.
We know what to do."

R-WINGS FWD HENRIK ZETTERBERG:   "We had a better start today than we did last
game and once Ozzie came up and played really good for us and the chances they
have he made saves and really controlled everything back there."

R-WINGS DEF BRAD STUART:   "That's a team effort. It's not just one guy who can hold
down a guy like (CBS Capt. Rick Nash). Strong play from the defensemen, but also the
forwards coming back hard...Last few games of the (regular season) year we were
struggling to find it. It's a credit to the veteran leadership we have in here that we
were really able to put it on the line when it counts."

BJ's L-WING/CAPT RICK NASH:   "We can't take penalties because that power play
is so good, so much skill. We have to stay disciplined."

BJ's CEN R.J. UMBERGER:   "A 4-0 game, that's not the type of game we wanted to
be in. It's the playoffs, you lose two games, nobody is happy about it. You have to
play aggressive, but you have to play smart."

BJ's H-COACH KEN HITCHCOCK:   "Their best players today were their best players.
They were terrific and they made the difference...When you give a team three
power-play goals, teams will beat you...We have to respond to the pressure to make
this a long series."


    Detroit Capt. Nicklas Lidstrom assisted on the first two goals to give him 109
career playoff assists, moving past HoFamer Denis Potvin for seventh all-time among
    Osgood's 61st career playoff win ties him with Tom Barrasso for 12th all-time.  
Ozzie's 14th playoff shutout ties him with former teammate Dominik Hasek, Ed
Belfour and HoFamer Jacques Plante for fourth on the NHL career list.
    Osgood is 9-2 in his last 11 home playoff starts.        

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