St. Louis at Detroit

Osgood records only 12 saves as Red Wings blank Blues

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DETROIT -- Chris Osgood is used to slow nights in the Detroit Red Wings net.

He needed to make only 12 saves for his 44th NHL shutout, and Dan Cleary had a goal and an assist to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.

"I've played on this team long enough where I've had nights when I don't get very many shots," Osgood said. "I just stay focused on the puck."

Henrik Zetterberg and Mikael Samuelsson also scored for Detroit, which snapped St. Louis' four-game winning streak.

Manny Legace stopped 35 shots for the Blues.

"We didn't play hard enough, and that starts with me," St. Louis coach Andy Murray said.

The Blues were whistled for 11 penalties, and two of the Red Wings' goals came on the power play. Their first and second man-advantage units each produced a goal.

The first group features the top line of Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, and Tomas Holmstrom, with defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom, and Brian Rafalski at the points.

The less heralded second unit has Cleary up front with Jiri Hudler, and Johan Franzen with Samuelsson and Niklas Kronwall back.

"We have some pretty good players on the second power-play unit," Cleary said. "We have confidence in ourselves to shoot the puck at the net."

Zetterberg gave Detroit a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal just 22 seconds into the game. St. Louis' Eric Brewer took a delay of game penalty when he accidentally shot the puck over the glass in his own zone 16 seconds in.

"It just went downhill from there," Legace said.

Zetterberg scored his 15th goal just 6 seconds later after taking a cross-crease pass from Tomas Holmstrom.

Samuelsson made it 2-0 with another power-play goal 5:16 into the second period. He beat Legace with a wrist shot from the right faceoff dot for his third goal.

Cleary's breakaway goal with 5:47 left in the middle period gave the Red Wings a 3-0 lead. After a fake, Cleary beat Legace with a forehand shot that the Blues goalie got a piece of but it went in for Cleary's seventh of the season.

"We played 60 minutes," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "I thought we had a lot of jump, and got good contributions from every player who dressed."

Notes

  • Lidstrom and Zetterberg lead Western Conference vote-getters in early fan balloting for the NHL All-Star Game. Lidstrom's 80,903 votes top the West, followed by Zetterberg with 58,074.
  • Red Wings C Pavel Datsyuk is third among West forwards with 39,041 votes.
  • Legace played with the Red Wings for six seasons from 1999-2000 until 2005-06, and Osgood played for the Blues in 2002-03, and 2003-04.
  • Detroit C Tomas Kopecky injured a shoulder in the second period and didn't return. Babcock said Kopecky wouldn't play on Thursday against Nashville.
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It's a quiet night for Chris Osgood, who records just 12 saves for his 44th shutout.  (Getty Images)
It's a quiet night for Chris Osgood, who records just 12 saves for his 44th shutout. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
St. Louis (11-8-0)0000
Detroit  (15-5-1) «1203
Three Stars
D. Cleary
DET


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
H. Zetterberg
DET


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
C. Osgood
DET


Saves: 12
Save Pct.: 1.000
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
22.0Power Play - Henrik Zetterberg (15), Slap Shot. Assist: Tomas Holmstrom, Brian Rafalski
2ND PERIOD
05:16Power Play - Mikael Samuelsson (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Daniel Cleary, Jiri Hudler
14:13Daniel Cleary (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Kris Draper, Nicklas Lidstrom
3RD PERIOD
None
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
16.0Brewer, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
03:24Jackman, 2 min, High-Sticking
15:33Salvador, 2 min, Hooking
2ND PERIOD
01:17Rucinsky, 2 min, Holding
03:28Hinote, 2 min, Interference
05:57Maltby, 2 min, Hooking
10:54Draper, 2 min, Interference
18:29Jackman, 2 min, Hooking
18:29Jackman, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
3RD PERIOD
06:04Perron, 2 min, Holding
11:05Tkachuk, 4 min, High-Sticking
14:51Holmstrom, 2 min, Interference
19:08Johnson, 2 min, Holding
Shots On Goal
 123T
St. Louis46212
Detroit10141438
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Manny Legace59:50353
Chris Osgood60:00120
Game Information
Attendance - 19124
Referees - Dan O'Halloran, Brian Pochmara
Linesmen - Steve Miller, Mark Pare
 
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Dal 2
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