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>>caption: BERTUZZI (#44) BEAT MASON
WITH THE SHOOTOUT WINNER<<
@ COLUMBUS, OH:
Jimmy Howard stood tall in goal again
and the Red Wings edged the Blue Jackets
1-0 in a Friday night shootout.
Todd Bertuzzi's backhander ended the fourth
round gave the Wings a win 2-1 win in the shootout session.
Detroit reached 100 standings points to extend its NHL record to 10 consecutive
seasons at that plateau. The Red Wings reached their 2010 high water mark of fifth
place in the NHL Western Conference on the regular season's final weekend. The Wings
can finish no worse than seventh seed for the upcoming playoffs.
Howard made 22-SV in regulation and three more in the shootout to earn his 36th win
and third shutout this season. Steve Mason made a season-high 45-SV in the Columbus
goal through 65-mins, and two more in the shootout for his fifth shutout.
Detroit's Darren Helm was foiled on a penalty shot with 12:34 remaining in the 3rd-Per
when Mason poke-checked Helm before Helm could get off a shot.
The most frustrated player in the game was R.J. Umberger. Howard robbed Umberger
twice in regulation, Umberger banged a shot off the goalpost in the 2nd-Per and Howard
made a stick save on Umberger as the "sudden death" phase of the shootout began.
Back in action after missing two games with neck and back injuries, Columbus Capt.
Rick Nash hit the right goalpost behind Howard with 2:11 remaining in regulation.
After each team had a 4x3 overtime power play the shootout began with Nash scoring
on a multi-deke backhander for the Jackets and Pavel Datsyuk matching that effort with
a forehand deke to a flick under the left corner crossbar. Columbus missed the next three
and Detroit twice before Bertuzzi settled the issue.
Bertuzzi faked a snapshot and backhandered off Mason's blocker and the puck trickled
into the net. It was Bertuzzi's fourth goal in his eight shootout attempts this season.
R-WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK: "We got what we needed (and) got some exercise. The
team played really well and everyone's doing good."
R-WINGS Rt-WING TODD BERTUZZI: "I missed a couple of penalty shots with a couple other
moves I had so I thought I had to work on it and try to come up with something new. It's
something I worked on a bit, and it seems to be working. If [Mason] was on top of it he
would be poke-checking me because I get in pretty tight there...A lot of people wrote us off
numerous times during the year, but we kept on going. To get 100 points is pretty impressive,
especially the way we had man-game losses [injuries]. It’s something we’ve been building on
and trying to get better for the real deal [the Stanley Cup]."
R-WINGS GOALIE JIMMY HOWARD: "[Mason] seems to always have good games against us, so
you know it's fun. I have to take a look down there once in a while because I never knew if
we were going to get any past him...The shootout, it does feel good. [I'm] just being patient
out there and having fun."
R-WINGS CEN DARREN HELM: "I wasn’t really prepared [to take a penalty shot]. I was just
trying to go on my backhand. Maybe I shouldn’t have tried to deke and should have just
shot. It’s easier to think about it now."
R-WINGS FWD KRIS DRAPER: "It’s something we should be proud of, keep that streak [of
100-P seasons] going. We know we don’t get measured on what we do in the regular season,
but you want to win as many games as you can, especially this year, when a lot of people had
written us off."
R-WINGS DEF BRAD STUART: "I remember looking at the standings a while ago and thinking
there was no chance [at 100 points]. It’s a credit to everybody in here that we were able
to put a good run together."
JACKETS GOALIE STEVE MASON: "It obviously would have been nice to win but all that aside,
I'm very happy with the way I played tonight and played the last couple of months. Losing
[hurts] but I'm going into the offseason with my game where I want it to be."
JACKETS INT-COACH CLAUDE NOEL: "Of course I'd like to keep going [and become full-time
Columbus head coach]. I'd like to take this thing from the start [of a season]."
The Red Wings won the season series from the Blue Jackets 5-0-1 and are an NHL-best
15-3-2 since the Olympic break.
Detroit is 0-for-2 in penalty shots this season.
The Wings are now 6-9 and the Jackets finished 2-10 in shootouts.
Columbus ended its season with five consecutive defeats (three of those to Detroit)
and out of the playoffs for the eighth time in their nine year franchise history. The Blue
Jackets finished 32-35-15 for 14th place (next-to-last) in the Western Conference and in
the Central Division basement. The Jackets went 10-9-5 under interim coach Claude Noel.
Columbus DEF Derek Dorsett suffered a possible broken foot on a shot-block in
the 2nd-Per. He had to be helped off the ice after being struck by a Jonathan Ericsson
The Red Wings end the regular season with a Sunday matinee at Chicago. If the
Blackhawks beat Detroit they'll take first place in the Western Conference from San Jose.
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