Three Questions: Wings-Jackets
DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 56th game
The Wings weren’t able to come away with a victory Friday night, but it wasn’t at the fault of goaltender Chris Osgood. Starting on back-to-back nights, Osgood showed no signs of fatigue as he made 22 saves. He made huge saves in the second period to keep the Wings in the game. Osgood robbed Kristian Huselius midway through the second, when he was able to walk right down the middle and try to deke backhand on the Wings netminder. Then he shut down Rick Nash, who picked up a loose puck shorthanded and tried to deke Osgood to the right post. Osgood stretched out on his back and robbed the Columbus captain’s scoring opportunity. The Wings’ goaltender fell victim to a few unlucky turnovers, but he shouldn’t be blamed for the loss.
What was the play of the night?
Captain Nicklas Lidstrom made everybody think he was a star forward for a while Friday night. After he served a rare penalty in the opening minutes of the second period, Lidstrom exited the box and jumped into a scoring opportunity. As he re-entered the ice, Pavel Datsyuk ended up with the puck, heading towards the Columbus goal. Datsyuk fed Lidstrom the puck, and the Wings’ captain caught the pass in stride right at the opposing blue line. He walked in on goaltender Chris Mason, made a quick deke to the forehand, and roofed the puck as if he was Datsyuk or one of the Wings’ skilled forwards. It was Lidstrom’s 10th goal of the season, and it was certainly unique, yet highlight-reel worthy.
What went wrong?
The Red Wings went scoreless on the power play Friday night, failing to convert on four opportunities. They weren’t able to score on the man advantage because they ran once again into rookie goaltender Chris Mason. Mason, who is on pace to take home the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year and possibly more trophies as well, made life difficult for the Wings, stopping 32 of 34 shots for Columbus.