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Red Wings 5, Blues 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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

ST. LOUIS (AP) -A little wave from Marian Hossa while leaving the ice on a gurney prompted a surge of relief on the Detroit Red Wings bench.

Then they took apart the St. Louis Blues behind Chris Osgood's first shutout of the season, walloping a team that had been surging in a 5-0 victory on Tuesday night.

"You're a little concerned, a little worried, but then we got a little update that he was OK," forward Daniel Cleary said. "The one thing we talked about was 'Let's take it to them, let's get this thing out-of-hand."'

Hossa, the Red Wings' leading scorer with 34 goals and 61 points in 62 games, was hospitalized for observation after slamming headfirst into the end boards early in the first period following a check by Roman Polak. But Hossa was scheduled to make the team flight to Colorado and asked one of the team doctors if he could play.

"I don't think he's playing tomorrow but he's flying with us," coach Mike Babcock said. "They're doing a bunch of tests on him and everything looks real good."

Team spokesman John Hahn said a CT scan was negative.

Babcock had no complaints about Polak's hit, describing it as a "bump" while Hossa was on one leg following through on a shot.

"He just kind of turned and hit the boards with his head," Polak said. "I don't want to injure the guy, I just want to play hard. I saw it and I didn't feel good after that."

Osgood stopped 22 shots for his 299th victory with the Central Division leaders, who have won three of four and are 3-0-1 against St. Louis this season. Osgood made his second start after taking a four-game break to retool his game.

"I know when I'm playing good and when I'm not," Osgood said. "I feel like I'm getting where I need to be, and I'm not scrambling around, so I think I'm going in the right direction."

Tomas Kopecky had a goal and two assists. Kopecky scored short-handed and Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall and Valtteri Filppula had power-play goals for the Red Wings, who dominated three days after absorbing their worst loss of the season, an 8-0 skunking by the Predators. Blues goalie Chris Mason had a strong two periods before faltering in a three-goal third period, ending a five-game streak in which he allowed one goal per game.

Mason said the Blues sagged after the Hossa injury.

"It seemed to slow down the fire we had," Mason said. "I don't know it was the time delay or the situation, but we definitely didn't come out the same or play the same after that."

The Blues had been surging, entering with a season-best three-game winning streak that left them only three points out of a playoff spot and attracted a sellout crowd of 19,250 that included 100 standing-room tickets. The Blues have missed the playoffs the last three seasons and team president John Davidson has been noncommittal about the team's plans for Wednesday's trade deadline.

Coach Andy Murray doesn't anticipate a big roster shakeup.

"I would suspect it's probably going to look the same," Murray said. "I haven't been called up for any discussions, and they would call me if there was something going on."

The Red Wings were short-handed for six minutes near the end of the first period, yet took the lead while holding the Blues to two shots. Kopecky scored his third goal in five games and fifth overall off the rebound of a shot by Pavel Datsyuk when he swept a backhander around a prone Mason at 14:54.

Zetterberg slapped in a rebound for his 25th goal on a power play that put the Red Wings ahead 2-0 early in the second period. Zetterberg had an opening after Mason stopped two shots by Datsyuk.

In addition to the Hossa injury, the first period featured a fight between the Blues' Cam Janssen and the Red Wings' Aaron Downey that lasted several minutes.

Notes: St. Louis' '96 Pee-Wee Major AAA Amateur Blues, a youth team that recently won the 50th Quebec International Pee-Wee tournament in Canada, was honored after the first period. The team is coached by Al MacInnis, the Blues' Hall of Fame defenseman and vice president of hockey operations. ... Zetterberg has 75 points in 75 games against the Blues, including 18 goals. ... The Blues haven't won four in a row since Nov. 13-19, 2007.

scoring summary
1st Period
14:54
DET
SHG - Tomas Kopecky (5) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (51)
1 - 0 DET
2nd Period
03:24
DET
PPG - Henrik Zetterberg (25) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (52), Johan Franzen (15)
2 - 0 DET
3rd Period
07:52
DET
Kris Draper (6) ASST: Tomas Kopecky (10), Jonathan Ericsson (1)
3 - 0 DET
10:54
DET
PPG - Niklas Kronwall (3) ASST: Jiri Hudler (30), Daniel Cleary (22)
4 - 0 DET
16:30
DET
Valtteri Filppula (7) ASST: Tomas Kopecky (11), Brad Stuart (8)
5 - 0 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
05:05
STL
David Perron  Diving against  Chris Osgood
05:05
DET
Chris Osgood  Tripping against  David Perron
05:24
STL
Roman Polak  Roughing against  Marian Hossa
09:43
STL
Cam Janssen  Fighting (maj) against  Aaron Downey
09:43
DET
Aaron Downey  Fighting (maj) against  Cam Janssen
12:10
DET
Brett Lebda  Hi stick - double minor against  Roman Polak
17:49
DET
Tomas Kopecky  Hi-sticking against  David Backes
2nd Period
01:26
STL
Mike Weaver  Hooking against  Mikael Samuelsson
05:34
STL
Barret Jackman  Slashing against  Pavel Datsyuk
3rd Period
09:55
STL
T.J. Oshie  Hooking against  Pavel Datsyuk
11:08
STL
Carlo Colaiacovo  Hooking against  Tomas Kopecky
14:30
STL
Brad Winchester  Tripping against  Brad Stuart
14:30
STL
Cam Janssen  Roughing against  Tomas Kopecky
goalie stats
Chris Osgood
SA: 22TOI: 58:51
Saves: 22EV: 18 - 18
PIM: 2PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 2 - 2
Chris Mason
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 12
SV%: .861SH: 0 - 1

 
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