Red Wings-Thrashers: Wings Dominate Against Thrashers In 6-3 Victory

Katie EvansCorrespondent IMarch 20, 2009

DETROIT - MARCH 12:  Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings skates with the puck against the Calgary Flames during the game on March 12, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Detroit Red Wings and Atlanta Thrashers battled it out Friday night as Detroit dominated in a 6-3 win to keep their lead in the Western Conference.

In the first period, Detroit came out strong with lots of pressure on Atlanta, but a penalty to Marian Hossa early in the first showed how dominant Chris Osgood would be for Detroit.

Osgood made save after save and Atlanta was unable to take advantage.

Later in the period Atlanta took a penalty for too many men and instead of taking advantage of the power play, Detroit's Brian Rafalski scored as the penalty ended.

As Osgood continued making great saves it almost seemed as if it was a home game for Detroit and "Ozzie" chants could be heard from the crowd and the first period came to a close 1-0 Detroit.

In the second period Peverly was denied on a great shot by Osgood, starting the chants once again. As penalties brought the game to 4-on-4 play, Pavel Datsyuk scored, making it 2-0 Detroit.

Jiri Hudler also took advantage in the second period to break a 14-game rut scoring his 50th career goal by an amazing pass from Brett Lebda ending the second period 3-0.

While on another power play, Detroit made it 4-0 after Johan Franzen took advantage of a rebound and scored his 30th goal of the season following a shot from Nick Lidstrom making it 4-0.

This was the 84th power play goal Detroit has scored this season.

Bryan Little finally scored for Atlanta, his 31st of the season, on the power play.

However, it didn't take long before Marian Hossa blasted a shot to score against his former team making the score 5-1.

Slava Kozlov also scored against his former team and his 21st of the season just as a power play began after Dan Cleary took a penalty.

Hossa came in all alone against Lehtonen but was denied. However, Cleary from a great feed from Henrik Zetterberg scored bringing his team to a 6-2 lead.

This gave Zetterberg a four-point night.

As the third period was coming to an end Samuelson and Oystrick dropped the gloves to get the crowd back in the game, and only seconds later Colin Stuart scored to make the final score 6-3.

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