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Wings stick with Osgood in Round 2

Veteran goalie allowed one goal in two-plus games in Western quarters

Tuesday, 04.22.2008 / 11:06 AM ET / News
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Wings stick with Osgood in Round 2

DETROIT -- Chris Osgood helped the Red Wings eliminate Nashville.

Now, he'll get a chance to keep the Red Wings rolling in the second round.

The goalie replaced Dominik Hasek in Game 4 and led Detroit to wins in the next two games, giving up only one goal.

"Ozzie's obviously got the net right now and it's his job to make sure Dom doesn't get it back" Detroit coach Mike Babcock said Sunday night after eliminating the Predators in Game 6 of their first-round series. "But Dom's going to do everything he can to be ready."

Detroit earned at least a couple of days off before hosting the Calgary Flames or Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of a Western Conference semifinal.

If the seventh-seeded Flames win at San Jose on Tuesday night in Game 7, they will play Detroit for the second straight postseason. The Red Wings eliminated Calgary in the first round last season, advancing for just the second time since winning the 2002 Stanley Cup.

If the Sharks win, the sixth-seeded Avalanche will renew a playoff rivalry with the Red Wings.

Detroit and Colorado matched up in the playoffs five times in 1996-2002, with the Avalanche advancing three times.

"It's been a great rivalry for 10 good years," Nicklas Lidstrom said. "Whoever we play, it's going to be a tough series."

The Red Wings seemed like they were going to breeze past Nashville in the opening round when they won the first two games at home. But then they lost the next two, leading to Hasek getting pulled and benched.

The NHL's top-seeded team credited Osgood's calming presence for helping it stunt the Predators' momentum in the series.

"Osgood just showed some unbelievable composure," Kris Draper said. "We said it all along, we are very fortunate to have two goalies who have won Stanley Cups."

Osgood helped Detroit win a title in 1998, and Hasek did in 2002.

"I don't get too excited, or look too far ahead or in the past," Osgood said. "I play in the now."

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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

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
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