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Red Wings 5, Blues 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:15 AM

Associated Press

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Red Wings 5, Blues 0
Detroit Red Wings 5, St. Louis Blues 0

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -Chris Osgood stopped 20 shots for his 45th career shutout, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.

Center Valtteri Filppula scored twice to pace the Red Wings, who won for the fifth time in their last six games and improved to 27-7-3 overall.

St. Louis, playing in front of its largest home crowd of the season, fell to 18-13-3.

The victory served as revenge for Osgood, who improved to 16-2-1. Osgood had an eight-game unbeaten streak snapped in a 3-2 loss in St. Louis on Dec. 20.

Hannu Toivonen, right, replaces Manny Legace in goal in the second period after Legace gave up his fourth goal of the game to the Detroit Red Wings. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

Brian Rafalski added a goal and two assists for Detroit. Nicklas Lidstrom celebrated a new contract by scoring his fifth of the season for the Red Wings just 2:26 into the game. Jiri Hudler added a goal and an assist.

Osgood received plenty of help from his defense, which kept St. Louis in check all night. The defense limited St. Louis to just one shot on goal during a 1:09 span in the second period, when the Blues held a five-on-three advantage.

Lidstrom got the ball rolling by blasting a shot from the faceoff dot over the left shoulder of St. Louis goalie Manny Legace, who was pulled in the second period after giving up four goals on 16 shots.

Hudler pushed the lead to 2-0 converting on a pass from Mikael Samuelsson midway through the second period.

The Red Wings took control on a pair of goals by Filppula in a span of 126 seconds of the second period. Pavel Datsyuk set up the first tally with a pass across the goal mouth to a wide open Filppula, who tipped it into the net. Filppula added his second goal on a blast from the slot.

The Red Wings were without top wingers Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom, who each missed the contest due to injury. Zetterberg has a back ailment and Holmstrom hasn't played since suffering a knee injury on Dec. 20.

Filppula and Rafalski took up the slack. It was the second three-point night of the season for Rafalski.

Notes: The Blues sold 100 standing room only tickets to the sold-out contest for the first time in the history of the Scotttrade Center. ... St. Louis rookie winger David Perron missed his Tuesday night flight from Montreal to St. Louis and could not get back in time for the Wednesday morning skate. He was declared a healthy scratch. St. Louis defenseman Bryce Salvador missed the contest with a hip flexor injury. ... Detroit is 10-1-1 in December.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:26
DET
Nicklas Lidstrom (4) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (30)
1 - 0 DET
07:27
DET
Jiri Hudler (9) ASST: Mikael Samuelsson (14), Brian Rafalski (26)
2 - 0 DET
2nd Period
05:31
DET
PPG - Valtteri Filppula (10) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (31), Brian Rafalski (27)
3 - 0 DET
07:37
DET
Valtteri Filppula (11) ASST: Jiri Hudler (16), Mikael Samuelsson (15)
4 - 0 DET
3rd Period
09:11
DET
PPG - Brian Rafalski (5) ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (30), Pavel Datsyuk (32)
5 - 0 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
01:34
STL
Martin Rucinsky  Hooking against  Jiri Hudler
04:49
STL
Matt Walker  Roughing against  Johan Franzen
04:49
DET
Johan Franzen  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Walker
04:49
STL
Matt Walker  Fighting (maj) against  Johan Franzen
10:05
DET
Andreas Lilja  Delaying the game
17:55
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Interference against  Paul Kariya
18:46
DET
Andreas Lilja  Cross checking against  Erik Johnson
3rd Period
02:34
DET
Brett Lebda  Tripping against  Andy McDonald
08:04
STL
Eric Brewer  Roughing against  Tomas Kopecky
08:04
DET
Tomas Kopecky  Elbowing against  Eric Brewer
08:49
STL
Christian Backman  Hooking against  Pavel Datsyuk
18:14
DET
Andreas Lilja  Hooking against  Lee Stempniak
goalie stats
Chris Osgood
SA: 20TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 16 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Manny Legace
SA: 16TOI: 27:37
Saves: 12EV: 9 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .750SH: 0 - 0
Hannu Toivonen
SA: 11TOI: 32:18
Saves: 10EV: 10 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .909SH: 0 - 0

 
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