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The Detroit Red Wings took Game 1 last night in a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets to grab a one-game series lead. This morning’s installment of Around the Rink features post-game articles and blogs from around the web.
The crowd at Joe Louis Arena started cheering for goaltender Chris Osgood before the game had even started. Throughout the game, you could hear the “Ozzie, Ozzie” chants. The Wings’ netminder earned the first star of the game, which the fans eagerly acknowledged after the game. DRW.com’s Michael Caples said that “Osgood stole the show.” The columnists of the Detroit papers wrote about his superb goaltending last night including Mitch Albom, Michael Rosenberg, and Bob Wojnowski.
The columnists weren’t the only ones left admiring Osgood’s play. Bloggers of both teams commented on his performance. Andy at The Cannon came up to Detroit to take in the experiences and enjoyed the playoff festivities. He described Osgood as “clutch” in last night’s game. Chris at Winging It In Motown crowned Ozzie as the Red Wing player of the game for his spectacular play and keeping the Blue Jackets off the board in the first ten minutes of play. Abel to Yzerman noted Ozzie’s swagger last night and that it was “Osgood’s statement to every one of us who doubted him, and who still aren’t convinced.”
Osgood obviously had a great game so what was your favorite save of the night? Share your pick in the comment section below this post.
Ozzie wasn’t the only player to elevate his play in the first game of the playoffs. Dave Dye at The Detroit News discusses how the Wings appeared to be supercharged last night and Ted Kulfan comments on how the third line really stepped up big in Game 1.
Columbus Blue Jackets
According to The Detroit News, Columbus head coach Ken Hitchcock said in his post-game presser that the domination of Detroit in the faceoff circle during the second period really helped turn the game in the Wings’ favor.
“They took over on the faceoff dots and started to control the game,” Hitchcock said. “Once they started to control the faceoff dots, they started to have the puck a lot more. We put two (goals) in our own net, but it started to turn halfway through the second period when they started to win the faceoffs.”
It wasn’t just winning the faceoffs that made the difference. Rookie defenseman Jonathan Ericsson took a hard shot from the point, which Blue Jacket Manny Malhotra attempted to catch. His attempt ultimately redirected the puck past rookie netminder Steve Mason to give Detroit a one-goal lead. Helene St. James wrote about Ericsson’s game-winner in an article for the Detroit Free Press.
Around the League
In other playoff news, the Anaheim Ducks upended the top-ranked San Jose Sharks 2-0 in the first game of that playoff series. The Chicago Blackhawks grabbed a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames in overtime to take the series lead. In the Eastern Conference, Boston defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-2.
Be sure to catch all the playoff action this weekend, including Game 2 of the Detroit-Columbus series with the game slated to start at 6 p.m. EDT. Around the Rink will be back on Monday to wrap up all the weekend action.