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Playoffs are Osgood's favorite time of year

Wednesday, 05.20.2009 / 11:30 AM ET / News
By Brian Compton  - NHL.com Staff Writer
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DETROIT -- Considering how hard the Chicago Blackhawks came out at the start of Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, it probably wasn't such a good idea that the Red Wings handed them a 59-second two-man advantage midway through the opening period.

If only this wasn't Chris Osgood's favorite time of year.

Granted, the Blackhawks managed to score before Brad Stuart's tripping penalty expired -- Jonathan Toews scored on a sharp-angled shot at 12:49 to give Chicago a 1-0 lead -- but Osgood and the Red Wings managed to escape without any further damage en route to their 3-2 overtime victory at Joe Louis Arena.

Chicago was handed its first power play of the night when Detroit forward Mikael Samuelsson went off for cross-checking at 10:33. Just 61 seconds,  Stuart was called for a tripping penalty that had the Chicago bench practically foaming at the mouth at the thought of being up two men.

"I thought we did a real good job killing the 5-on-3," Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "(Osgood) did a good job. They had a lot of jams, stuff at his feet. I thought he held his ground. He never got caught up in their guys trying to bump him or anything like that. He just played well."

Tuesday night was vintage Osgood. In a game the Blackhawks really had to have, No. 30 was peppered with 19 shots in the opening period, allowing only Toews' tally that went off Jonathan Ericsson's skate before trickling in.

Of course, that came after he and his teammates had killed off Chicago's two-man advantage.   

"They come at you from every angle," Osgood said of the Hawks. "They're so fast and every line is so offensive. They're quick. They all have very good shots. I can't let up for a second against anybody that's on the ice. Even the guys that don't have as much scoring prowess throw pucks to the net and crash the net."

But Osgood -- who had a 3.09 goals-against average and an .889 save percentage during the regular season -- once again showed why he could very well end up in the Hall of Fame some day. In the second period, with his team deadlocked in a 1-1 tie, he robbed Dave Bolland on a shorthanded chance with a brilliant glove save. Dan Cleary scored before the end of the period to put his team in front.

"Ozzie's always there at the end of the day. He's been great for us," Cleary said. "It's nothing new for us. He's a gamer, a big-game goalie and a real competitor."

Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom agreed. He's seen Osgood have games like the one he had on Tuesday night a lot more than Cleary has.

"He played real well," said Lidstrom, who had a rare four minutes in penalties in Game 2. "I think killing the 5-on-3 was huge for us. Ozzie saw a lot of pucks, and he's making that first save for us. We have to be there helping out on rebounds."

Fortunately for the Wings, on Bolland's chance in the second period there wasn't any rebound to clear.

"That glove save was something else," forward Johan Franzen said. "He's great."







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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