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NHL Game Summary - Detroit at St. Louis



(Tuesday, March 3rd)

Final Score: Detroit 5, St. Louis 0

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Chris Osgood posted his first shutout of the season and 48th of his career with a 22-save performance, as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the St. Louis Blues, 5-0, at Scottrade Center.

However, it wasn't all good news for the defending Stanley Cup champions. Early in the first period, right winger Marian Hossa, who was making his return to the lineup after missing the previous two games with a neck injury, was checked by Blues defenseman Roman Polak, lost his balance and crashed violently head-first into the end boards at the 5:24 mark. Hossa, who leads the Red Wings in goals this season with 34, remained down for several minutes before being taken off the ice on a stretcher.

Tomas Kopecky registered a short-handed goal and collected two assists for Detroit, which rebounded from an 8-0 drubbing on Saturday at the hands of the Nashville Predators, the worst shutout loss since an 8-0 defeat on October 9, 1982 at home against the Winnipeg Jets. Henrik Zetterberg, Valtteri Filppula, Kris Draper and Niklas Kronwall also tallied for the Red Wings.

Chris Mason surrendered all five goals on 36 shots for St. Louis, which had a three-game win streak snapped.

Kopecky put the visitors on the board with 5:06 remaining in the opening frame. Pavel Datsyuk gained entry into the St. Louis zone and his bid from the high slot was blocked. Kopecky followed up the play, gathered the puck and beat Mason with a backhander.

"It was disappointing because we had the crowd going and everything...and that's kind of anti-climactic," said Mason. "They scored and it deflated everybody and we could never really recover."

Detroit took a two-goal lead on the power play when Zetterberg cashed in the rebound of a Datsyuk shot at the side of the Blues cage 3:24 into the second period.

The Red Wings cemented the victory with three goals over the final 20 minutes.

Draper tipped a backhand feed from Kopecky at 7:52, then Kronwall lit the lamp while on the power play at 10:54. Filppula added a marker with the man advantage in the late stages of the game.

"I know when I'm playing good and when I'm not," said Osgood. "I feel like I'm getting where I need to be. I think I'm going in the right direction."

Game Notes

Detroit finished 3-for-7 on the power play, while the Blues were 0- for-3...Jiri Hudler and Datsyuk both recorded two assists for the Red Wings...Detroit has won all four meetings with St. Louis this season.

03/04 01:53:06 ET


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