Found October 22, 2011 on Detroit Sports 360:

The Detroit Red Wings are on a mission.  After being eliminated by the San Jose Sharks last year in the playoffs, the Wings have an apparent chip on their shoulder coming into this season as they are off to a 5-0 start.  They were in no mood to show any mercy Friday night as they handily beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-2.

The Wings were definitely rested coming into this game as they had not played since Saturday, 6 days prior.  It was obvious right out of the gate that the boys were eager to get back into game action as they netted two power play goals in the first period.  The first goal came at 9:03 into the first period as Valterri Filppula set up Johan Franzen who sniped the high glove side corner to put the Wings up 1-0.  The very next power play yielded the exact same results as Filppula set up the mule who tucked his second goal of the evening past Steve Mason at 14:21 into the first.  Columbus would split the lead in half less than a minute later to round out the scoring for the period and leave it 2-1 going into the second.

Just like the Wings have started the season, they wasted no time coming back out after the first intermission to get things sizzling with yet goal.  This time Pavel Datsyuk collected a hearty rebound at the hash marks and buried it behind Mason to put the Wings up 3-1.  That would do it for the scoring in the second period, but not for the excitement.  Jonathan Ericsson and Derek Dorsett would drop the gloves and mix it up in a good old fashioned donnybrook.  Ericsson was the heavy favorite going into this shindig as he has an easy five inches over Dorsett.  They exchanged blows, but clearly Ericsson won this bout as both boys went to their respective sin bins.

The third period started flip flopped in comparison to the way the first two periods had begun.  This time Columbus would be the first to crack the score board as Jimmy Howard let up his second goal of the night to make it a 3-2 game.  The Wings would answer six minutes later with another power play goal.  This time the captain, Nicklas Lidstrom, would whistle a hefty slap shot from about 10 feet inside of the blue line right into the back of the net.  In a last ditch effort by the Blue Jackets, they would pull Mason to try and make things interesting, however this would only result in the Wings’ fifth goal of the night.  Filppula tried to set Franzen up with his third goal of the night to complete the hat trick but he was denied.  As he was falling down, Franzen dished a pass back to Filppula who would slide the puck in to cap off the scoring and make it what would be the final, 5-2.

The Wings will have their work cut out for them tomorrow as they will play Alex Ovechkin and the only other undefeated team in the NHL, the Washington Capitals.

Notables:

Filppula and Franzen combined for 7 points

Jimmy Howard made 32 saves on 34 shots to collect his 4th win on the season

This was Franzen’s 400th(all with Wings) and Brad Stuart’s 800th career game’s

This was Lidstrom’s 1499th career game.  Tomorrow will be his 1500th game.  All have been played with the Wings, and barring any setback, he will be only the fourth player in Red Wings history to amass 1500 games played.

Next Game: 

Saturday, October 22nd 7pm @ Washington Capitals (6-0)

DS360 Tags: Johan Franzen, Results, Jonathan Ericsson, Columbus Blue Jackets, Brad Stuart, Detroit Red Wings, Nicklas Lidstrom, Valtteri Filppula


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