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Blue Jackets streak reaches four in 3-0 victory over Red Wings; earns first season series win over long-time nemesis

DETROIT RED WINGS POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM AUDIO

51,925 Jonas Gustavsson Detroit goalie His first start was not too good

51,928 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit LW Was the effort there against Columbus

51,930 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit LW Were the penalties from a lack of energy

51,931 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit LW Tomorrow night at home vs CBJ what can you do better

 

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM AUDIO

51,934 Jared Boll Columbus LW Red Wings players say they see a confidence in CBJ this season

51,935 Nick Foligno CBJ LW Columbus in control of game starting 3rd period vs. Detroit is rare

51,937 Nick Foligno CBJ LW The team has been starting games strong during win streak

51,940) Nick Foligno CBJ LW The young guys from the AHL farm team have been keys during win streak

COLUMBUS, O. — There was a time when the Columbus Blue Jackets probably never looked forward to playing the Detroit Red Wings.

Back in the early days of the franchise, the CBJ would play a good game, be in the game, be leading and somehow would lose due to bad luck, bad goaltending, bad defense or just not having a talented team to overcome one of the NHL’s all-time winningest franchises.

Cam Atkinson

But today, the Blue Jackets are a team on the rise. They’re scrappy, can play with anybody, has a very solid defenseman corps and the goaltending is on par with anybody.

On Saturday, they beat the Red Wings 3-0 in a game where they dominated from start to finish before a delighted crowd of 17,957 at Nationwide Arena. All of the Detroit fans, who always make the 250-mile trip, probably left the game thinking, the CBJ can’t be counted on for an easy win anymore.

Columbus did not play into overtime as they had the previous five games. ”It’s nice to play 60 minutes instead of 65,” Nick Foligno said with a laugh, to several reporters after the game.

The Red Wings usually have a very strong power play, but they’re 24th in the NHL at only 14.7 percent. However, on the road, their having all kinds of problems. going 0 for 36 after an 0-for-3 day yesterday.

According to a radio report after Saturday’s game, Detroit’s streak of ineptness on the road power play is the fourth-worst to start a season since 1987-88. The Minnesota Wild, who came into the NHL the same season as the Blue Jackets, in their inaugural season in 2000-2001, failed to score on their first 47 power plays. The Atlanta Thrashers were 0 for 42 in 2001-2 and the New York Rangers  in 1999-2000 were 0 for 39.

Jack Johnson

The Blue Jackets have beaten Detroit three straight games and has a 3-0-1 record this season and has earned points in every game for the first time ever in a season series.

Granted, the Blue Jackets were facing a backup goaltender in Jonas Gustavsson, but the Red Wings still have an explosive team on the ice in Justin Abdelkader, Daniel Cleary, Pavel Datsyuk, Jordin Tootoo, Henrik Zetterberg, Jonathan Ericsson, Niklas Kronwall and Johan Franzen. They can score a bunch of goals at anytime, but they can be stopped and frustrated if you control the puck and that’s exactly what Columbus did. In fact, the CBJ won 64% of the faceoffs against a team that is tough to win a draw from.

But this is a Detroit team that no longer has the services of Nicklas Lidstrom, their long-time captain and defenseman who led the team on the ice, but he retired after last season. And the difference in the team’s defense has been very noticeable as the opposition are able to penetrate deep and beat their goalies on a consistent basis.

The Red Wings could not solve Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had who made 29 saves in his first career shutout.

The team received goals from Cam Atkinson, Jack Johnson and Foligno to garner 10 points in their last six games after getting 12 in their first 19.

Nick Foligno

The Blue Jackets are 9-12-4 with 22 points, good for 12th in the Western Conference.

COLUMBUS GAME NOTES

* Some of the Blue Jackets said they’re slowly getting used to the 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. starting times this season. The Red Wings are more used to it due to playing in several nationally-televised games than most teams in the Western Conference.

* This year in the first period, the Blue Jackets, due to slow starts, are a minus-10. You would not have known by yeaterday’s game.

* Are 20-39-12 all-time vs. Detroit.

* The Blue Jackets are perfect on the penalty kill over the past eight games, stopping all 21 power plays they’ve encountered.

* Columbus hadn’t won four in a row since March 1-8, 2012.

* Prior to yesterday’s game, Columbus had not had any shots on goal on the power play in the previous four and did not on their first man advantage Saturday.

* Scratches for Saturday were C Artem Anisimov and D Cody Goloubef.

DETROIT RED WINGS

* Prior to Saturday’s game, had only given up only 3 goals in last 8 games.

* Were 5-1-1 in its previous five games.

* played without defensemen Kent Huskins and Ian White who were scratches.

* Detroit was without the services of C Valterri Filppula, with a bad shoulder for the sixth game in a row.

 

PHOTOS COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

 

 

 

Detroit Red Wings making another playoff run; this season would be 21 in a row

(courtesy Detroit Red Wings)

The Detroit Red Wings will not have popular captain and star defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom this season, but they still have enough veterans to make a run for the playoffs, their 21st in a row.

The team everybody hates in the NHL, still has Daniel Cleary, Pavel Datsyuk, Jordin Tootoo, Mikael Samuelsson, Henrik Zetterberg, Todd Bertuzzi, Valtteri Filppula, Niklas Kronwall and Johan Franzen. This team is still dangerous.

Since the start of the 1997-98 season, the Detroit Red Wings have won more games, 791, than any other team in the National Hockey League. Detroit’s 683 regular season wins and the 107 playoff victories are both tops in the NHL over that time span.

Red Wings Milestones:

* Kronwall is 1 goal to 50 for his career

* Samuelsson is 2 goals to 150

* Tootoo is 4 goals to 50

* Kyle Quincey needs 5 points to 100

* Samuelsson needs 6 assists to 200

* Bertuzzi needs 7 games played to 1,100

* Jimmy Howard needs 7 games played to 200

*Datsyuk is 3 goals behind Tomas Holmstrom (243) for 11th-most in team history

* Datsyuk is 10 points behind Ted Lindsey (728) for 7th-most in team history

* Kronwall is 1 goal behind Eddie Ware (50) for 8th-most in team history amongst defenseman

* Zetterberg is 9 points behind Brendan Shanahan (633) for 9th-most in team history

* Zetterberg is 12 goals behind Nicklas Lidstrom (264) for 9th-most in team history

* Jimmy Howard is 2 wins behind Manny Legace (112) for 8th-most in team history among goaltenders

Red Wings Notes:

* Detroit is 76-4-4 the past 84 times it has scored 4+ goals in a game

* Detroit finished the 2011-12 season with the most home wins (31) in the NHL, but ranked in a tie for 16th with 17 road wins

 

INFO COMPILED FROM DETROIT RED WINGS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Crosby, Roloson & Zetterberg named NHL “Three Stars of the Week”

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Sidney Crosby

Henrik Zetterberg

Dwayne Roloson

New York Islanders goaltender Dwayne Roloson, Detroit Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” of the Week.

FIRST STAR

Roloson allowed one goal in each start, posting a 3-0-0 record, 0.98 goals-against average and .972 save percentage as the Islanders improved to 4-0-1 in their past five games.

The 41-year-old Simcoe, Ontario native improved his season record to 5-12-1 with a 2.38 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage in 18 appearances.

SECOND STAR

Henrik Zetterberg notched seven points (three goals, four assists) in helping the Red Wings reclaim first place in the Western Conference with two wins in three starts.

Zetterberg leads Detroit in scoring with 40 points (13 goals, 27 assists) in 35 games.

THIRD STAR

Sidney Crosby garnered seven points (four goals, three assists) in four games as the Penguins went 3-1-0 and climbed to first place in the overall standings. He recorded at least one point in each contest, stretching his active streak point streak to 24 games, the longest in the NHL since Mats Sundin posted a 30-game streak with the Quebec Nordiques in 1992-93.

The Penguins captain leads the NHL in goals (30) and points (61) in 37 games.

Info courtesy of the National Hockey League


NHL PLAYOFFS: Western Conference (Friday results)

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Red Wings defeated the Coyotes in Glendale, Arizona. Jimmy Howard turned in an outstanding performance and Tomas Holmstrom and Pavel Datsyuk each had a goal and an assist as Detroit beat Phoenix and took a 3-2 lead in the first-round series.

Tomas Holmstom (nhl)

Howard, coming off a shutout, finished with 30 saves including two huge stops on Martin Hanzal’s breakaway with the score tied 1-1.

Henrik Zetterberg scored for the sixth time in the series for Detroit.

Mikael Samuelsson (nhl)

Mikael Samuelsson scored twice and added an assist, and Vancouver routed Los Angeles to grab a 3-2 series lead.

Daniel Sedin and Samuelsson scored 5 minutes apart in the second period to chase LA goalie Jonathan Quick.

Henrik Sedin, who led the NHL in regular-season points, set up both  second period goals.

NHL PLAYOFFS: Western Conference (Tuesday results)

compiled by megasportsnews.com staff

Evgeni Nabokov (nhl)

SAN JOSE-COLORADO

Joe Pavelski scored 10:24 into overtime and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 33 shots, giving top-seeded San Jose a 2-1 victory over Colorado in Denver tying the series at 2-2.

All four games have been decided by a goal, the last three going into overtime.

On the game-winner, Pavelski gathered a loose puck deep in Colorado’s zone and beat Craig Anderson with a shot into the right corner.

Anderson has seen 148 shots over a span of three games. He had 43 saves Tuesday night.

DETROIT-PHOENIX

Henrik Zetterberg (nhl)

Jimmy Howard had a 29-save shutout and Henrik Zetterberg scored 2 goals to lead Detroit to a 3-0 win over Phoenix in Detroit to even the series at 2-2.

Pavel Datsyuk also scored for the Red Wings.

Ilya Bryzgalov made 32 saves for the Coyotes.

NASHVILLE-CHICAGO

David Legwand (nhl)

David Legwand scored the go-ahead goal and had two assists, as Nashville to its first 2-1 lead ever in an opening round series.

The Predators have never won more than two games in any of their first four playoff appearances.

Joel Ward, Shea Weber and Martin Erat scored for Nashville as well. Erat had a penalty shot goal.

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