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Three Questions: Wings-Blue Jackets

DRW.com analyzes Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals

Saturday, 04.18.2009 / 9:10 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Blue Jackets
How did the Wings win this one?

It’s pretty simple; the Wings dominated the special-teams aspect of Game 2. They had a lot of help, with the Blue Jackets taking 13 penalties. The Wings’ three goals on eleven extra-man opportunities might not look that good percentage-wise, but it gave the Wings a commanding victory. The Wings could have scored more on later power plays in the third period, but coach Mike Babcock rested some of his regulars – thus inflating the numbers on the stats sheet. At the start of the series, it was evident that the Wings would need to get traffic in front of Columbus rookie goalie Steve Mason. Their job was a whole lot easier when the Blue Jackets were a man short. 

What about Chris Osgood?

The Wings’ netminder is playing as if the regular-season never happened. Osgood turned in another incredible performance Saturday night, turning aside 25 shots to capture his 14th career playoff shutout. He didn’t make as many of the highlight-reel stops Saturday as he did on Thursday, but he didn’t need to. Osgood was solid all night, turning aside all the long-range shots and cutting down his angles whenever he could. The Wings should feel confident in their goaltending situation after back-to-back standout performances. The fans noticed – chants of “Ozzie, Ozzie” rang down from the Joe Louis Arena stands throughout the night. And the building was at it’s loudest when Osgood was named first star of the night.

What’s next?

The Blue Jackets showed their inexperience late in the game, and they looked rattled. As mentioned previously, the Jackets took a lot of late penalties – nine of their 13 came in the third period. Antoine Vermette, one of their top-line centers, took a four-minute roughing penalty halfway through the third, putting his team even further behind. Defenseman Mike Commodore got a 10-minute misconduct for his actions in front of the Columbus goal. These are all signs that the inexperience is starting to surface, and now the Blue Jackets are down 2-0 in the series as they head back home. Not to mention the fact that Mason, who experts said may steal the series for the Jackets, has allowed seven goals in two games. It will be interesting to see how he responds on home ice.


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 50 17 18 23 35
H. Zetterberg 51 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 50 14 16 -3 30
G. Nyquist 51 14 13 -4 27
J. Abdelkader 51 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 36 6 18 10 24
M. Green 45 3 17 -8 20
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
D. DeKeyser 47 6 8 10 14
R. Sheahan 50 7 6 -15 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 18 10 4 .931 2.06
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89