Red Wings' MacDonald earns 2nd NHL shutout
Thursday, March 17, 2011; 10:13 PM
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Recently recalled Joey MacDonald made 37 saves for his second NHL shutout, and Drew Miller and Valtteri Filppula scored first-period goals to lift the Detroit Red Wings past the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-0 on Thursday night.
After snapping Washington's nine-game winning streak on Wednesday, the Red Wings won their fourth in a row to give Mike Babcock his 300th win with Detroit. He is the third NHL coach to win 300 games with a team over a six-season span, joining Montreal's Scotty Bowman (321) and Edmonton's Glen Sather (307).
The Blue Jackets have lost nine of 10.
MacDonald joined the team on Wednesday while Chris Osgood continues to rehab from sports hernia surgery. He preserved the shutout with a late goal-line glove save on Rick Nash that withstood a video review.
Nash has gone 11 games without a goal.
The Blue Jackets went 0 for 6 on the power play, including a two-man advantage that lasted 43 seconds with just over five minutes remaining. The Red Wings have killed 33 of the last 35 chances against them.
Despite outshooting Detroit 14-8 in the first period, sloppy play put Columbus in an early 2-0 hole. The Red Wings scored on the first shot of the game 33 seconds in.
Darren Helm scooped up a loose puck in the neutral zone and snapped a hard shot from the right wing on Steve Mason. Mason made the stop, but kicked the puck back into play to Miller, who one-timed the rebound into an open net for his eighth goal.
Midway through the period, Filppula scored his 15th goal, a power-play tally. With Nash serving a high-sticking penalty, Johan Franzen curled from behind the right side of the net and slotted a cross-crease pass to Filppula, who wristed a shot from the top of the left circle past a leaning Mason.
Notes: Detroit is 24-9-4 on the road. ... Columbus has lost four in a row at home. ... Miller had been scratched in five of the previous 10 games but has four goals in that span. ... Red Wings D Brian Rafalski, playing in his third game since injuring his back on Feb. 24, appeared to hurt his right leg in the third period and didn't return. ... An octopus was thrown on the ice with just over a minute left.