Columbus at Detroit

Red Wings 3, Blue Jackets 0 wire reports

DETROIT -- Ty Conklin didn't make the most saves, only the biggest ones.

Conklin stopped 23 shots for his eighth career shutout and Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and two assists, sending the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-0 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.

Marian Hossa and Henrik Zetterberg each added a goal for Detroit, which won its fourth straight. Conklin got his fourth shutout this season and stretched his home scoreless streak to 138 minutes, 46 seconds. He also has four shutouts in nine games at Joe Louis Arena this season after being signed away from the Pittsburgh Penguins as a free agent in July.

"I feel real good, period. I certainly feel a lot more comfortable than when I first got here," Conklin said. "The first couple games I was tentative and had some butterflies but now I'm a lot calmer and I feel comfortable behind this team. Hopefully, it works both ways."

His biggest save Tuesday night came on Michael Peca about nine minutes into the game. With Detroit's Tomas Kopecky in the penalty box for tripping, Conklin dove across the crease to knock away Peca's shot after the veteran took a cross-crease pass facing an open net.

"That was basically a goal into an empty net and he made an unbelievable save," Hossa said. "The game could have gone either way. ... He saved a huge goal and then we started playing well a little after that."

Detroit defenseman Chris Chelios, the NHL's oldest player at 46, played in his 880th regular-season victory, the most of any player in league history. Chelios broke a tie with Hall of Fame defenseman Scott Stevens.

It was Chelios' fifth game of the season.

Steve Mason stopped 37 shots for Columbus, which lost captain and leading scorer Rick Nash late in the first period after he went hard into the boards.

"We'll evaluate him tomorrow," said Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock, who would only add that Nash had a lower-body injury.

Datsyuk got the game's first goal 3:45 into the third period on a power play. He put in a rebound off a goal-mouth scramble for his 17th of the season.

"He had lots of saves today to keep it 0-0," Datsyuk said about Mason. "The plan was shoot, go for rebound like always. Create traffic."

Hossa scored a power-play goal 2:14 later when he beat Mason with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle for his 18th goal, which also broke his seven-game scoreless drought.

"I just tried to make it simple," Hossa said. "It gets a little frustrating, but I just tried to check hard and keep things simple. I was getting chances, so it was just a matter of time. ... Don't think, just shoot the puck."

Zetterberg added an empty-net goal in the final minute. It was his 15th.

Mason made a big save on Datsyuk only 50 seconds into the third period. Mason, who was lying in the crease, knocked Datsyuk's shot away with his glove.

"We had been good up to that point," Mason said. "To give those two up definitely hurt us."


Columbus placed F Jiri Novotny on injured reserve with an upper-body injury and activated D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, who wasn't in the lineup. ... Red Wings D Andreas Lilja was a healthy scratch. ... It was the first time this season that both Detroit and its opponent have not scored in the first two periods.

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Columbus (18-18-4)0000
Detroit  (27-7-5) «0033
Three Stars
T. Conklin

Saves: 23
Save Pct.: 1.000
P. Datsyuk

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
M. Hossa

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
03:45Power Play - Pavel Datsyuk (17), Snap Shot. Assist: Holmstrom, Lidstrom
05:59Power Play - Marian Hossa (18), Wrist Shot. Assist: Lidstrom, Datsyuk
19:30Henrik Zetterberg (15), Empty Net. Assist: Datsyuk
Penalty Summary
07:43Kopecky, 2 min, Tripping
17:35Zetterberg, 2 min, Holding
17:35Umberger, 2 min, Interference
04:06Voracek, 2 min, Tripping
06:20Kopecky, 2 min, Slashing
09:27Modin, 2 min, Hooking
17:38Commodore, 2 min, Slashing
17:38Maltby, 2 min, Cross-Checking
02:12Hejda, 2 min, Tripping
05:25Tyutin, 2 min, High-Sticking
07:15Lidstrom, 2 min, Hooking
18:53Malhotra, 2 min, Roughing
18:53Samuelsson, 2 min, Roughing
Shots On Goal
Steve Mason59:19372
Ty Conklin59:49230
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Game Information
Attendance - 19717
Referees - Stephane Auger, Kerry Fraser
Linesmen - Darren Gibbs, Mark Pare
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SJ 2 Final
Cal 5
Ott 2 Final
Buf 4
LA 1 Final
Ana 3
NJ 2 Final
Car 3
Atl 1 Final
Pitt 3
Colo 2 Final
Nash 1
Phi 1 Final
Wash 2
Min 1 Final
Bos 0
Chi 6 Final
Pho 0
Fla 4 Final
Tor 2