Detroit at Columbus

Franzen ends shootout in fifth round as Detroit tops Columbus


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Detroit coach Mike Babcock looked at the big picture instead of the Red Wings' recent woes.

Johan Franzen scored the winning shootout goal in the fifth round of the tiebreaker and the Detroit snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday.

Chris Osgood stopped Sergei Fedorov to keep the Red Wings in the game and then he gloved David Vyborny's shot to end it.

"I just tried to stay out and big, make them make a great shot to score," said Osgood, who finished with 36 saves and is 9-1 this season.

Nicklas Lidstrom had a goal and two assists for the Red Wings, who rallied late to tie it. Tomas Holmstrom and Pavel Datsyuk each had a goal and an assist, and Brett Lebda also scored. Brian Rafalski added two assists for the Red Wings, who improved to 7-3-1 on the road.

"You call it survival, I call it fantastic with 14 wins in the first 20 games," Babcock said.

Fedorov also scored in regulation and Nikolai Zherdev and Rick Nash had a goal and two assists for Columbus, which has dropped six of seven including two shootout defeats. Duvie Westcott added a goal, and Ron Hainsey had two assists for the Blue Jackets.

"They're the best team in the Western Conference, but we should have a lot of confidence from this," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We pushed them to the brink."

Tied 3-3 entering the third period, the teams played with caution until Zherdev pounced on a rebound of Nash's shot for his sixth goal. That gave Columbus a 4-3 lead at 13:51.

But Datsyuk stepped around defenseman Jan Hejda down the right side to flip home his own rebound, tying it 1:19 later with his fourth goal.

"What you see in our division is we're all the same, it's unbelievable," Babcock said. "The league is very close and I think you're in a playoff game every night."

Both squads had several quality scoring chances, recording five shots each, in the back-and-forth overtime.

After allowing three short-handed goals Saturday against Chicago, Detroit gave up three power-play scores to Columbus. The Blue Jackets entered 3-for-44 with the man advantage, dating to Oct. 27.

Westcott opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 10:29 of the first period.

The Blue Jackets' Jody Shelly and goalie Pascal Leclaire lost their composure later in the period, which directly led to two Detroit goals. They took cheap shots at Aaron Downy after he was pushed into Leclaire and bowled over into the net.

Shelley and Leclaire were assessed minor penalties, and the Red Wings didn't waste any time taking the lead.

Lidstrom blasted a shot from the slot past Leclaire, who made 31 saves, at 14:56. Lidstrom has 18 points in 21 games.

"They scored three power play goals and kept us on our heels," he said. "We battled through that and even in the third period we were down a goal and we still came back."

Holmstrom followed with his 11th goal, redirecting Lidstrom's shot just 26 seconds later to make it 2-1.

Columbus then drew a two-man power play for two minutes. The advantage started in the final minute of the frame and carried into the second period.

Fedorov tied it 2-2 just 41 seconds in with a hard shot for another Blue Jackets power-play goal.

Lebda put Detroit ahead just a minute later with a hard-angled slap shot from the left circle.

Nash scored his 14th goal to make it 3-3 at 13:19.


  • Detroit is 3-1 in shootouts. Columbus fell to 0-4.
  • The three power-play goals are the most Detroit has allowed and tied the Blue Jackets' season-high.
  • Columbus had killed 15 consecutive short-handed situations. The Blue Jackets allowed two power-play goals to Detroit in the other meeting between the teams this season.
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Detroit's Johan Franzen gets the brunt of this hit but also gets the last laugh in the shootout.  (Getty Images)
Detroit's Johan Franzen gets the brunt of this hit but also gets the last laugh in the shootout. (Getty Images)
Detroit  (14-5-1) «21101 (3)5
Columbus (8-7-4)12100 (2)4
Three Stars
N. Zherdev

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
P. Datsyuk

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
T. Holmstrom

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
10:29Power Play - Duvie Westcott (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Ron Hainsey, Rick Nash
14:56Power Play - Nicklas Lidstrom (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Pavel Datsyuk, Brian Rafalski
15:22Power Play - Tomas Holmstrom (11), Slap Shot. Assist: Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski
40.0Power Play - Sergei Fedorov (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Nikolai Zherdev, Ron Hainsey
01:42Brett Lebda (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Valtteri Filppula, Tomas Holmstrom
14:26Power Play - Rick Nash (14), Wrist Shot. Assist: Nikolai Zherdev, Pascal Leclaire
13:51Nikolai Zherdev (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Rick Nash, Jiri Novotny
15:10Pavel Datsyuk (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Henrik Zetterberg, Nicklas Lidstrom
 Pavel Datsyuk (2), GOAL
 Nikolai Zherdev (1), GOAL
 Jiri Hudler (2), GOAL
 Rick Nash (1), GOAL
 Johan Franzen (1), GOAL
Penalty Summary
09:29Downey, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
14:40Shelley, 2 min, Delay of Game
14:40Leclaire, 2 min, Roughing
15:22Chimera, 2 min, Slashing
19:17Lilja, 2 min, Interference
19:17Holmstrom, 2 min, Tripping
11:56Maltby, 2 min, Hooking
13:19Lilja, 2 min, Tripping
18:23Malhotra, 2 min, Interference
Shots On Goal
Chris Osgood 65:0036452
Pascal Leclaire 61:4331453
Fredrik Norrena 3:070000
Game Information
Attendance - 15503
Referees - Mike Leggo, Mike Hasenfratz
Linesmen - Don Henderson, Tim Nowak
Other Games
Colo 1 Final
Min 4
Cal 1 Final
Van 4