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WINGS BLITZ JACKETS.....RED WINGS 9, Columbus 1, W 11/11/09
Posted on: 11-11-2009

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>>caption:  CLEARY (#11) SCORED


    The Red Wings scored three
times on their first six shots, four
times in the first period and eight
times on Blue Jackets goaltender
Steve Mason in a 9-1 romp at
Columbus Wednesday night.
    The result was the worst ever home loss suffered by the Blue Jackets (a 2000
NHL expansion entry) and the most lopsided win ever by the Red Wings over the
    In spite of a one-sided loss at Toronto Saturday night, the Red Wings are
now 5-1-1 in their last seven games.
    All seven Detroit goal scorers lit the lamp with their third goals of the
season, Niklas Kronwall (#3 & #4) and Justin Abdelkader (#2 & #3) each getting
a pair.
    It was an easy night in net for Detroit back-up goalie Jimmy Howard, who
made 25-SV and allowed only a backhander to Columbus Capt. Rick Nash (#12)
at 10:56/2 to briefly put the score at 4-1.
    Blue Jackets turnovers set up the first three Detroit tallies. Dan Cleary got
a Henrik Zettrerberg feed to beat Mason on a wrister just 1:05 into the game.
Pavel Datsyuk's unassisted snapshot came at 3:03/1. A Patrick Eaves forecheck
in the right corner produced a Kris Draper goal at 7:31/1.
    At that point Mathieu Garon replaced Mason in goal. Kronwall's power play
slapshot soon followed at 11:57/1.
    Curiously, Mason returned to the CBS net to start the 2nd-Per. For just over
half a period the Jackets settled down and even got on the scoreboard with Nash's
goal. However, the floodgates opened again when Detroit scored twice from close-
in just 33-sec apart.
    Todd Bertuzzi fired underneath a sprawling Mason at 13:17/2. Ville Leino flicked
the puck over Mason's left shoulder at 13:50/2.
    Kronwall scored another PPG slapshot at 4:59/3. Abdelkader then potted his pair
of wrist shots at 8:08/3 and 18:36/3. Detroit's last goal came on an end-to-end rush
where Abdelkader started and ended the sprint with a pair of passes in between.
    Detroit outshot Columbus 18-7 in the defining 1st-Per and 39-26 in the game.
Mason made 19-SV and Garon 11.


R-WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK:   "I obviously wasn't very happy with our last
game and I let the guys know about that. We played with good structure. We got
a lot of pucks to the net, which is important, and things turned out well for us...
We're trying to get a win. If that's a statement then great. It's just one of 82, as
you know, and you've got to get wins...A Hitch-coached team doesn't give up many
goals very often. This was one of those nights"

R-WINGS DEF NIKLAS KRONWALL:   "We didn't play well at all against Toronto. We
wanted to show ourselves that we can play some good hockey. We came out with
a lot of urgency and were on top of our game from the start and played for 60 minutes."

R-WINGS L-WING JUSTIN ABDELKADER:   "It was good to get a little flow going in the
third period, and we tried to make the most of our shifts."

R-WINGS DEF/CAPT NICKLAS LIDSTROM:   "I thought from the get-go we really
came out with a good push. We got a couple goals early on their goalie and we
didn't let up."

JACKETS L-WING/CAPT. RICK NASH:   "Yeah they played a solid game but we played
terrible. It's just a matter of us not showing up...We've got to make sure this game
is forgotten pretty quickly."

JACKETS GOALIE STEVE MASON:   "They really handed it to us, and I think we have
got to stop pretending and start doing something for real...I think with [Hitchcock]
putting me back in shows that he was trying to get some momentum."

JACKETS H-COACH KEN HITCHCOCK:   "We got schooled by a hungry team that got
beat 5-1 the last game and they were ready to play and we weren't."


    Kronwall led the Wings with a 3-pt game on 2-G & 1-A.
    With 1-G & 1-A Datsyuk now has 52-P in 38 career games vs Columbus.
    After going 12 games without a goal, Cleary has now scored in back-to-back
games. Of Cleary's 101 career NHL goals 14 have come vs the Blue Jackets.
    Former Plymouth Whaler Jared Boll and Wings veteran Brad May fought at center
ice 5:04 into the game. Boll took a clear decision, responding to May's miss with
a haymaker that sent May to the ice and Boll followed with a series of uppercuts.  
    Jackets Rt-Wing Raffi Torres was hit in the face with a deflected slapshot at
17:10/1. Helped to the locker room with a bloody cut, Torres did not return.
    It was a forgetable 1000th career NHL game for Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock.
Hitchcock became the 16th NHL coach to reach to reach that plateau, going 520-329-
88-63 with Dallas, Philadelphia and Columbus.
    Mike Commodore had the toughest night of the Jackers defenders with a minus-4
    Earlier Wednesday the Red Wings claimed former Michigan State L-Wing Drew
Miller off waivers from Tampa Bay. Miller will report for practice at The Joe Thursday
    The Red Wings host Vancouver Thursday on "Steve Yzerman Hall of Fame Night."



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