Red Wings Fall to Columbus 3-2
Detroit failed to get things on track in Columbus and never held the lead as the Blue Jackets got the better of them for the second time in the past two weeks 3-2 snapping the Wings six game win streak.
Raffi Torres scored early in the first to give Columbus the lead.
Detroit tied it in the second thanks to Nicklas Lidstrom, who scored his 10th of the season. But Jason Chimera made it 2-1 a short while later.
Mikael Samuelsson scored his 16th of the season in the third to tie it again but that was as close as the Wings would get. Jason Williams scored with 6:55 to go, beating Osgood inside the post to give the Columbus the 3-2 victory.
Williams, the former Detroit player acquired in a trade with Atlanta on Jan. 15, scored in his third straight game to help the Blue Jackets win their third in a row as they try to make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.
Both teams were 0 for 4 on the power play.
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Chris Osgood started his second straight game and was not particularly good, making just 22 saves in a losing effort. He is just 5-3-2 in his last 10 games after starting the year 13-2-4.
Conversely, Steve Mason made 32 for the Blue Jackets, including several late in the third period amidst a relentless Red Wings assault. Both Henrik Zetterberg and Marian Hossa nearly tied it in the final minute but were thwarted by Mason.
The Wings had an opportunity to move into a tie for the top spot in the West as the Sharks fell in a shootout with Buffalo, their fourth loss in the last five games.
By: Erich Straub
ProHockey-fans.com Detroit Red Wings Correspondent