NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Detroit
(Tuesday, December 20th)
Final Score: Detroit 4, Columbus 3 (SO)
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Pavel Datsyuk and Jason Williams each scored in Detroit's first ever shootout as the Red Wings slipped past the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3, at Joe Louis Arena.
Brendan Shanahan scored his 20th goal of the season as the Red Wings have won their past two games. Shanahan also reached the 20-goal plateau for the 17th consecutive season.
Chris Osgood made 30 saves in the victory.
Nikolai Zherdev scored a goal and added an assist for the Blue Jackets, who have lost four straight games.
After Jaroslav Balastik gave the Blue Jackets a 1-0 edge in the shootout, Datsyuk was Detroit's first shooter and faked a backhand shot and on his forehand beat Pascal Leclaire stick side.
Williams then gave the Wings a 2-1 edge in the shootout beating Leclaire in close with a backhand through his five-hole.
Osgood would wrap things up by stoning former Red Wing Sergei Fedorov with a blocker save to give Detroit its first ever shootout win.
With Detroit leading 2-1 in the third period, Duvie Westcott tied the game up scoring a power-play goal with a blast from the right faceoff circle that tipped off Osgood's glove and into the net.
About two minutes later, Shanahan gave Detroit back its one-goal lead, deflecting Niklas Lidstrom's shot from the point past Leclaire on his stick side.
The Blue Jackets fought back once again and with 4:09 left in regulation, Zherdev came from behind the net and on a wrap around, stuffed the puck past Osgood tying the game up at 3-3.
The Red Wings took a 1-0 lead 4:16 into the opening period. Brett Lebda cranked a shot from the right point that Robert Lang re-directed past Leclaire for his ninth goal of the season.
At the 13:13 mark of the first, the Blue Jackets evened the score with Rick Nash netting his second of the season. In the slot, Nash took a pass from Zherdev and was hooked down by Wings' defenseman Chris Chelios. From his knees, Nash slipped the puck through Osgood's five-hole for the hard-earned goal.
With 3:33 left in the first, Mark Mowers tipped home Lebda's shot from the left point to give the Wings a 2-1 lead.
Detroit improved to 12-5-1 at home...The Red Wings defeated Columbus for the third time this season and have won five of the last six meetings...Datsyuk's five-game point streak game to an end...Lebda had two assists giving him six helpers on the season.
12/20 22:52:20 ET