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Sore back sidelines Hasek

Osgood to face Dallas Thursday; Samuelsson not cross about stick work

Wednesday, 03.12.2008 / 2:35 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Sore back sidelines Hasek
Hasek had played in a season-high four straight games before his injury last Sunday.
DETROIT – Veteran goalie Dominik Hasek left the Red Wings’ practice early Wednesday with a sore back.

The six-time Vezina Trophy winner said he has felt varying degrees of discomfort in his lower back since getting hit behind during the Red Wings’ 4-3 win over Nashville on Sunday.

“It didn’t get better these last two days, so I decided to leave the ice and get a treatment,” Hasek said. “I don’t think it’s anything serious. It came from the hit that I got against Nashville. I could feel it the next day and it never got better; it got worse unfortunately.”

Late in the second period, Hasek cruised behind the net to play the puck away from a Predators’ player. Just as he cleared the puck, the Wings’ goalie was knocked to the ice by Nashville defenseman Dan Hamhuis, who was assessed a two-minute penalty for goaltender interference.

The injury is frustrating for Hasek, who recently returned after missing six games between Feb. 12-23 with a sore hip flexor.

“I felt that I had a few, like 7 to 10 days of good practice and playing games, and all of a sudden this happens,” he said. “It’s a drawback and I want to be back by this weekend.”

Chris Osgood will get the start Thursday when the Red Wings host the Dallas Stars at Joe Louis Arena. Osgood stopped 19 shots in Detroit’s 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.

Thursday’s start will be the first time Osgood will start back-to-back games since games at Colorado (Feb. 18) and Calgary (Feb. 22).

“Dom doesn’t think it’s anything big,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “There’s no sense aggravating it, so he left practice. His scheduled start is now postponed for two days.”
Samuelsson is helped by linesman Dan Schachte (47) after Chicago's James Wisniewski crosschecked the Red Wings' forward in the throat on Tuesday.

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Chicago’s defenseman was certainly in the giving mood Tuesday when he delivered a vicious crosscheck to the Adam’s apple of Red Wings right wing Mikael Samuelsson.

“I was surprised, but I don’t think he meant to do that though,” Samuelsson said. “It’s no big deal. I just hope he didn’t mean to do it.”

After Samuelsson slashed Wisniewski, the Canton, Mich. native retaliated with his stick, which drew a match penalty and earned Wisniewski a one-game suspension without pay.

According to NHL.com, under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Wisniewski will forfeit $3,475.93.  The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Wisniewski will miss tonight’s game against Carolina.

Referee Mike Leggo assessed the match penalty to Wisniewski for what the game official perceived as intent to deliberately injury Samuelsson.

With his voice still hoarse and his throat sore, Samuelsson said after Wednesday’s practice that he doesn’t hold a grudge against the Blackhawks’ defenseman.

“A couple of days and it will be good,” said Samuelsson of the soreness. “It’s really a little scary because you don’t know what to expect. It was a situation where you are pumped up out there. Like you say, I retaliated a little bit and he crosschecked me. I shot it toward the net and he came – not late – but kind of late. It was no big deal until this happened.”

The Wings and Blackhawks have two more regular-season match-ups left on the schedule. They will play at the United Center on April 2 before finishing the season on April 6 at Joe Louis Arena.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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