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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
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59