Red Wings Win 4th Straight with 3-0 Win over Columbus
Ty Conklin earned another shutout, filling in for Osgood, as the Red Wings won for the seventh time in ten games.
Scoring chances have been the key to success for Detroit, who out shot the Blue Jackets 40-23 in their eighth straight game with at least 35 shots on goal. They have reached that mark in 28 of 39 games and have failed to reach 30 shots on goal just three times.
They have been out shot only once this season – 32-30 in a 5-4 shootout win over Chicago – which explains why they lead the league in goals with 144 and why they continue to win on a consistent basis.
The game was scoreless after two periods but the Red Wings made it 2-0 less then six minutes into the third thanks to power play goals by Pavel Datsyuk and Marion Hossa who have 17 and 18 on the year respectively. Datsyuk also had two assists.
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Hossa snapped a seven game scoring slump with the goal. Henrik Zetterberg dumped one into the empty net late in the period to ice it.
Detroit leads the league in power play scoring at 27.7%, nearly two points higher than the next closest team – the Philadelphia Flyers.
Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason played a pretty good game making 37 stops but just faced too many shots amidst a third period Detroit onslaught.
Conklin made 23 saves to earn his second shutout in three games and second straight at home. Detroit’s last home game was a 4-0 win over the Blackhawks back on December 30.
Chris Chelios – the leagues oldest player at 46 – saw ice time for the fifth game this season. He played just over 14 minutes.
With the win the Red Wings run their point total to 59, and continue to close in on the west leading Sharks who they play on the 17th.
ProHockey-fans.com Detroit Red Wings Correspondent