Red Wings sweep Blue Jackets


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jason Williams scored the go-ahead goal and Chris Osgood made it stand in the Detroit Red Wings’ 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Both teams seemed tired in the third period after a wild 6-5 shootout victory by the Red Wings 24 hours earlier in Detroit.

Brendan Shanahan and Tomas Holmstrom also had goals for Detroit, which cemented its position atop the Presidents’ Trophy standings with 114 points. Chris Chelios added an empty-net goal.

Holmstrom scored the game-winner in the shootout Friday night.

Osgood had 27 saves, including a big stop on former teammate Sergei Fedorov’s hard slap shot with 29 seconds left and goaltender Pascal Leclaire off the ice for an extra attacker. Osgood also skated to the top of the left circle to smother a shot by Columbus’ Rostislav Klesla late in the third period.

The Red Wings haven’t lost in regulation in more than a month, since a 5-2 home setback to Phoenix on March 7. They have scored at least one point in their last 16 games and have lost in regulation in only two of their last 29 starts dating to Jan. 24.

Jan Hrdina and Manny Malhotra scored the goals for Columbus, which had won a franchise-record six in a row before dropping the back-to-back decisions to the Red Wings.

Hrdina scored his 10th on a shot from the top of the right circle just 3:03 in.

Shanahan tied it with a nifty athletic move, using his leg to stop Mark Mowers’ shot and then wristing the puck past Leclaire. It was Shanahan’s 36th of the year.

The Red Wings went up 2-1 when Holmstrom notched his 27th off a rebound, beating Hrdina to a loose puck after Mikael Samuelsson had tipped Niklas Kronwall’s shot from the point.

Detroit’s lead might have been even bigger except for an acrobatic save by Leclaire. After a flurry, Steve Yzerman had a wide-open net but Leclaire got a piece of the puck with his stick. The puck was still sliding toward the goal line behind Leclaire, but he spun around and flicked the puck away.

The teams then traded goals in a 2-minute span of the second period.

After Malhotra beat Osgood high on the glove side on a 2-on-1 break, Williams’ slap shot from the top of the left circle slipped through traffic to give the Red Wings the lead for good.

Williams has 20 goals in 77 games this season after scoring 17 in his 95 career games heading into this year.

Yzerman assisted on the goal, giving him five goals and nine assists while extending his points streak to 11 games.

Notes: Detroit’s two top scorers, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, were out with injuries. The Red Wings said Datsyuk, who also missed Friday night’s game, had a lower-body injury and Zetterberg, hurt during the second period Friday night, had an upper-body injury. … Nikolai Zherdev (27 goals, 27 assists) missed his third game in a row for Columbus with a sprained knee. … A huge turnout of Red Wings fans helped Columbus pick up its ninth sellout of the year.

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