NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Anaheim
(Wednesday, March 1)
Final Score: Detroit 2, Anaheim 0
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Chris Osgood made 24 saves and recorded his second shutout of the season and 43rd of his career, as the Detroit Red Wings downed the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 2-0 at Arrowhead Pond.
Tomas Holmstrom and Henrik Zetterberg, members of gold medal-winning Sweden at the 2006 Winter Olympics, each netted a goal and picked up an assist for the Red Wings, who bounced back after dropping a 5-1 decision in San Jose on Tuesday in the team's return from the Olympic break.
Holmstrom, Zetterberg, Nicklas Lidstrom, Niklas Kronwall and Mikael Samuelsson all returned to Detroit's lineup after missing Tuesday's game. The five players were late getting to the team after celebrating Sweden's gold medal in Stockholm on Monday. Lidstrom picked up an assist in Wednesday's win.
"It just felt good to be back with the team," said Zetterberg.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere allowed two goals on 33 shots for the Mighty Ducks, who saw their modest two-game winning streak before the Olympic break come to an end in their first game back in action.
Detroit scored twice in the opening period to jump out to an early lead that would hold up.
First, Holmstrom was hit with a nice centering pass from Zetterberg and sent a backhander past Giguere down low on his glove side 7:28 into the contest.
Less than a minute later with Detroit on the power play, Lidstrom unleashed a wrister from the left point that Giguere stopped, but Zetterberg slammed the rebound home while at the left side of the net.
In the second and third periods, Detroit bottled up Anaheim with strong defensive play, allowing only 12 shots on goal for Osgood to turn aside.
The Ducks pulled Giguere with a little more than a minute left, but Detroit actually had the best scoring chance as Brendan Shanahan fired a shot from the neutral zone off the post.
"Ozzie (Osgood) made some good stops tonight and we had a lot of jump," said Detroit's Kris Draper.
The Red Wings have won seven of their last eight games overall...Detroit forward Pavel Datsyuk picked up his 47th assist of the season on Holmstrom's goal...Anaheim defenseman Scott Niedermayer returned from arthroscopic knee surgery he underwent during the break...Detroit went 1-for-8 on the power play while Anaheim failed to score in five chances with the man advantage.
03/02 01:35:31 ET