Red Wings-Blue Jackets Game 2: The Stars State Their Case

Michael MrockCorrespondent IApril 19, 2009

DETROIT - APRIL 18: Dan Cleary #11 and Brian Rafalski #28 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrate a second period goal with teammates behind Steve Mason #1 of the Columbus Blue Jackets during Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 18, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

On Saturday, the Detroit Red Wings continued their march through the playoffs. Proving that Game 1 was no fluke, the Wings scored another four goals on Steve Mason. However this time, Chris Osgood got his 14th career playoff shut-out. 

As opposed to the lower lines collecting the goals, Game 2 featured Rafalski, Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Hudler scoring the goals. Each of these goals reflected the talents of the scorer. 

Rafalski's goal was a shot from the side with a Holmstrom wall distracting the goalie and defense. The Datsyuk goal was a pass from Marian Hossa that only Hossa could make and only the reflexes of Datsyuk could redirect into the net.

Zetterberg's goal proved why he shouldn't be allowed to skate freely towards the net as he pinpointed a shot just below the crossbar to hit the top of the net.

Hulder's goal was on the rebound from a Kronwall shot, it was thrown at the side of the goal and went right past Mason's pads. 

The Blue Jackets are truly against the wall as the series shifts to Columbus for Game 3 on Tuesday. 

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Even though it is a long layoff for such a short distance in travel, they are going have a difficult task with all the available time to come up with a strategy to counteract the Red Wing juggernaut. 

The Wings are more or less healthy and will be getting Kris Draper back in the lineup.    

The crowd in Columbus could be a factor as this is the first playoff series ever for the team and usually in these cases, the fans will be more than ready to make some noise.  However such an act will fall mute to the Red Wings.

In last year's Stanley Cup run, the Wings closed out each series on the road.  The Wings are more than ready to deal with a loud arena that's not their own.

The 3-0 series lead is possible if the Wings stay disciplined.  The Blue Jackets are starting to get more chippy.  The Wings must not get caught up in that circus. 

The only worthy retaliation is to let the Blue Jackets get called for the penalties and then score on the prospective power plays. If the Wings can keep to this strategy, the Blue Jackets do not have much of a chance of getting a victory in this series.

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