Game recap: Blue Jackets 8, Red Wings 2

Detroit Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg tried to get to a loose puck ahead of the glove if Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason in the 1st period in Detroit, MI on Saturday, March 7, 2009. (JULIAN H. GONZALEZ/Detroit Free Press)

Detroit Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg tried to get to a loose puck ahead of the glove if Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason in the 1st period in Detroit, MI on Saturday, March 7, 2009. (JULIAN H. GONZALEZ/Detroit Free Press)

By Christy Hammond

The Detroit Red Wings (43-15-8) allowed eight goals for a consecutive Saturday, resulting in an 8-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets (33-27-6) at Joe Louis Arena.

The eight markers scored by the Blue Jackets were a franchise best. If the playoffs were to have begun before Saturday’s game, Detroit and Columbus would have played one another in the first round. After tonight’s fiasco, it’s pretty clear to see that the Blue Jackets could give us quite a hard time in the postseason.

20-year-old goaltender Steve Mason stopped 44 shots (yes, the Wings did outshoot Columbus 46-28 and still lost by a six-goal margin). Forward captain Rick Nash posted his second hat trick against Detroit this season. It was the first time that Nash has registered three unassisted goals in a single game, one of which was a shorthanded marker tonight.

Yes, Chris Osgood allowed seven goals on just 23 shots but it wasn’t all his fault. After Osgood allowed the seventh goal 3:25 into the third period, Head Coach Mike Babcock inserted Ty Conklin into goal.

Detroit gave away the puck 14 times in the loss. The top defensive pair of captain Nicklas Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski each ended the night with a minus-three. Only Kris Draper finished the night above an even plus/minus with a plus-one.

I’m not going to describe each Columbus goal since I know none of you Wings fans want to actually read that so let’s recall the positive moments of the night.

The Wings first goal came at 17:12 in the second period. Pavel Datsyuk made a perfect pass from the bottom of the right faceoff circle to line mate Henrik Zetterberg, who was skating parallel to Datsyuk up the slot. He put it in for his 26th goal of the season in an effort to redeem himself for the bad turnover that had led to a Columbus goal less than two minutes earlier. Hank finished the night with a team-worst minus-four.

Fan favorite Aaron Downey scored his first goal in 59 games with the Detroit Red Wings spanning back to the start of the 2007-08 season. He tipped in a shot by Derek Meech at 5:32 in the third period to make it a 7-2 game at the time. In his three-game stint with the Wings, Downey has a goal and an assist on top of a fight that lasted over a minute and a half. Not too shabby for the enforcer.

The Wings will have a couple days to mull over this loss before they host the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday evening.

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8 Responses to Game recap: Blue Jackets 8, Red Wings 2

  1. Erica says:

    The only positive thing about the night…. San Jose also lost so its a wash…
    But again, its better to drop games like this now rather then in the post-season. Hope they can get it out of their systems!

    Whats up with Homer and Hossa. Anyone know if we are getting both or either back this week?

  2. That is great news about Kris Draper. I am glad to hear that he remained on the upswing so that he can finally get on the positive side of the +/- category. That also means that the fourth line is improving.

    That entire game was boring, uneventful, and looked worse as the game went on. Hopefully things will change. I don’t remember the Wings letting in that many goals in that short of time span. 2 Saturday games!

    • Jamie- It’s definitely exciting to see Kris Draper on the upswing. In fact, he has seven points (3-4-7) in the last seven games, including the game-winner against Colorado. It’s not like his Selke-winning season in 2003-2004, but it’s definitely an offensive improvement for him.

      Hopefully allowing eight goals on Saturday was our last time this season!

  3. Lone G says:

    I’m one of the CBJ fans who traveled up to see the game at the Joe. Just a few observations and one question. The hockey fans at the Joe were great, except for a few people who didn’t take kindly to us enthusiastically cheering on our Jackets and expressed their frustration, through words and hand gestures. No big deal as .iIt happens everywhere, including Nationwide. This was my first time to the Joe and even though it is old, it was built with the fans in mind, with the corporate boxes at the top of the arena. Our seats in 203b were great, especially being thast they were in the CBJ’s two attack zone. The Anchor Bar treated us great and we met many great Detroiters!!!!

    Now for the question, what gives with the ushers who tossed our fan for throwing his hat and hockey mask on the ice, after Nash’s hat trick. Do they toss fans that throw the octipi. I know the ushers at Nationwide are not hat trick Nazi’s. That is not a slam on the Red Wing fans but rather the ushers. Shame on them. Let’s say that the incident is being immortalized down here in Columbus.

    Here’s hoping that the Red Wings beat our playoff competitors.

    • Lone G- I’m glad you enjoyed your experience at the Joe. You guys definitely had a great contingent of CBJ fans that appeared to grow louder as the goal differential grew larger. I’m not sure what reason the usher gave for tossing out your fellow CBJ fan. Perhaps it was because he also threw out a hockey mask on the ice instead of just the hat? I’m not sure. Fans who do throw octopi on the ice are supposed to be removed from the arena.

      If these two teams did meet in the postseason, it would certainly be quite the playoff series.

  4. michiganbasketball says:

    Is there anyone that wants to cover the Red Wings for a sports information website?…Check us out at isportsweb….here’s your chance.

  5. steve says:

    It was a tough game to watch Saturday. I actually turned it off in the third, which is something I never do, but then I quickly turned back. They’re looking better tonight versus the Coyotes. Looking forward to Hossa possibly coming back on Thursday!

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