Shootout Success Supplies Sixteenth Straight At Home
The Red Wings are now riding a six game winning streak thanks in no small part to their new found success in the shootout. Detroit was able to secure their sixteenth straight win at Joe Louis by beating the NHL-worst Blue Jackets 3-2.
Detroit didn’t show much life at the start of the game and Ryan Russell of Columbus struck first at 8:51 off a rebound. The Red Wings tied it at 1 off a wicked wrister by Kronwall at 11:34 of the first. The only penalty in the first was a hooking call on Tomas Holmstrom. The Blue Jackets outshot Detroit 7-5.
The Red Wings came out stronger in the second and carried much of the play, outshooting Columbus 10-4. Columbus scored first again with a power play goal by Nikita Nikitin while Tomas Holmstrom sat in the box again, this time for holding. Just under three minutes later Detroit returned the favor with a rare power play goal. Nick Lidstrom fired a blast from the point that caromed off the glass, hit Curtis Sanford and went in. Detroit failed to capitalize on the other two power plays they had during the second.
Detroit owned the third period with strong puck possession and threw lots of rubber at Curtis Sanford, outshooting Columbus 16-5 in the period, but they failed to to take the lead. They did play strong on a 5 minute penalty kill off a questionable boarding call on Henrik Zetterberg who also received a game misconduct.
Val Filppula was the only player on either team to score during the shootout, lifting Detroit to victory in the fourth round. Detroit is now 5-0 in shootouts this season and has won three straight in shootouts with a final score of 3-2.
Jimmy Howard goes home with his league leading 29th win and Lidstrom and Kronwall’s goals add to Detroit’s league-high 31 goals by defensemen. Detroit remains atop the league standings and will face off against Central rival St. Louis next.
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