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Balanced effort helps Red Wings blank Blue Jackets

Apr 19, 2009 - 2:23 AM
DETROIT (AP) -- The Red Wings relied on unsung players to get off to a good start against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Two stars put the defending Stanley Cup champions in control.

Pavel Datsyuk slammed a shot into the net, and Henrik Zetterberg sent a puck to the top shelf, leading Detroit to a 4-0 win against the Blue Jackets on Saturday night and a 2-0 lead in the first-round Western Conference series.

"They're best players today were their best players," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. "They were terrific and they made the difference."

In Game 1, Detroit's third line was dominant while Datsyuk's and Zetterberg's lines didn't do much offensively.

Brian Rafalski scored the first goal of Game 2 and Jiri Hudler had the last, giving Chris Osgood more than enough support as he posted his 14th NHL playoff shutout.

Barring a stunning turnaround, Detroit will become the first defending Stanley Cup champion to reach the second round since the Colorado Avalanche did it seven years ago.

"Let's not get ahead of ourselves here," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We've won two games."

Columbus hopes returning home will help Tuesday night when it hosts a playoff game for the first time in franchise history.

"We have to respond to the pressure to make this a long series," Hitchcock said.

The Red Wings have silenced Blue Jackets star Rick Nash, holding him pointless in two games.

"That's a team effort," defenseman Brad Stuart said. "It's not just one guy who can hold down a guy like that. Strong play from the defensemen, but also the forwards coming back hard."

Detroit has made rookie goalie Steve Mason long for the success he had during the regular season.

Mason had an NHL-high 10 shutouts, the most by a rookie since Chicago's Tony Esposito during in the 1969-70 season, but he has given up four goals in his first two playoff games. He made 35 saves in Game 2.

Osgood stopped 25 shots and moved into a fourth-place tie on the NHL's career postseason shutout list with former teammate Dominik Hasek, Ed Belfour and Jacques Plante.

"Ozzie has played real well, making some big saves," Babcock said.

The second-seeded Red Wings vowed to take the seventh-seeded Blue Jackets seriously before the series started.

It wasn't just talk.

Detroit knows what its like to lose in the first round as defending champions because it happened to the storied franchise in 2002.

The next four NHL champions -- New Jersey, Tampa Bay, Carolina and Anaheim -- failed to put up much of a fight after hoisting the Cup.

The Devils, Lightning and Ducks all had first-round exits as defending champions and the Hurricanes didn't make it to the playoffs.

"It's the accumulation of wearing a target all the time," said Hitchcock, who helped the Dallas Stars reach the 2000 Cup finals as a defending champion. "You get everybody's A-game during the regular season, and then you get A-plus in the playoffs."

After winning the Cup in 2001, the Colorado Avalanche lost to Detroit in the Western Conference finals.

Columbus was competitive for much of Game 1 despite the 4-1 score.

The Blue Jackets hung around for about half of the first period Saturday before Detroit's talent, speed and toughness overwhelmed them.

"We look like we're back to playing like we can, being physically engaged," Babcock said. "The physical part of our game is very much underestimated by our opponents. We've got big, strong guys who like winning."

Rafalski scored on the power play at 13:33 of the first period, Datsyuk scored on a power play midway through the second, and Zetterberg's even-strength goal late in the second made it 3-0.

In the third period, Hudler scored on a power play. It was his second goal of the series.






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    NHL FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLUMBUS 0 0 0 0
    DETROIT 1 2 1 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DET - (PP) BRIAN RAFALSKI 1 (NICKLAS LIDSTROM, TOMAS
    HOLMSTROM) 13:33
    2ND PRD: DET - (PP) PAVEL DATSYUK 1 (MARIAN HOSSA, NICKLAS LIDSTROM)
    7:18
    DET - HENRIK ZETTERBERG 1 (JOHAN FRANZEN, DANIEL CLEARY)
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  • PLAYOFFS
    NHL COLUMBUS 0
    DETROIT 4
    3RD PRD: DET - (PP) JIRI HUDLER 2 (NIKLAS KRONWALL) 3:38

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    NHL END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLUMBUS 0 0 0
    DETROIT 1 2 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DET - (PP) BRIAN RAFALSKI 1 (NICKLAS LIDSTROM, TOMAS
    HOLMSTROM) 13:33
    2ND PRD: DET - (PP) PAVEL DATSYUK 1 (MARIAN HOSSA, NICKLAS LIDSTROM)
    7:18
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    DETROIT 3
    2ND PRD: DET - HENRIK ZETTERBERG 1 (JOHAN FRANZEN, DANIEL CLEARY)
    15:30

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  • PLAYOFFS
    NHL COLUMBUS 0
    DETROIT 2
    2ND PRD: DET - (PP) PAVEL DATSYUK 1 (MARIAN HOSSA, NICKLAS LIDSTROM)
    7:18

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  • PLAYOFFS
    NHL END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLUMBUS 0 0
    DETROIT 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DET - (PP) BRIAN RAFALSKI 1 (NICKLAS LIDSTROM, PAVEL
    DATSYUK) 13:33
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    DETROIT 1
    1ST PRD: DET - (PP) BRIAN RAFALSKI 1 (NICKLAS LIDSTROM, PAVEL DATSYUK)
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