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35-43-4

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Detroit Red Wings 6, Columbus Blue Jackets 2 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

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Detroit Red Wings 6, Columbus Blue Jackets 2 FINAL
Detroit Red Wings 6, Columbus Blue Jackets 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - As good as they are, the Detroit Red Wings don't seem to think they're quite good enough.

Brendan Shanahan and Pavel Datsyuk each scored two goals to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-2 on Monday night for their sixth straight victory.

``We were ready to play,'' Datsyuk said. ``We have to keep it going. We need to get better and better.''

The NHL-leading Red Wings are 9-1-0 overall and 5-0-0 on the road.

Mathieu Schneider and Henrik Zetterberg each added a goal and an assist, Jason Williams and Niklas Lidstrom had two assists apiece, and Datsyuk added an assist to go with his goals in support of Manny Legace, who had 31 saves.

Legace, who has been in goal every game for the Red Wings, tied the NHL record and set a club mark for wins by a goaltender in October.

``I thought Manny did a good job and our guys did a real great job on the kill,'' said Detroit coach Mike Babcock, whose team killed seven of eight penalties. ``Our specialty teams did a phenomenal job.''

Bryan Berard and Trevor Letowski scored for Columbus. Marc Denis stopped 31 of the 37 shots he faced.

The Red Wings outscored the Blue Jackets 12-2 in two meetings at Nationwide Arena in just over 48 hours. They won 6-0 Saturday night behind Jason Williams' first three-goal game.

``We had a lot of good scoring chances in the first half,'' Columbus coach Gerard Gallant said. ``Then they went up 5-2 and it's pretty hard to come back against that team. I was looking for a great finish to the hockey game, but we got into trouble and they capitalized.''

Down 1-0 early after Berard scored on a power play, the Red Wings tied it on a quirky goal. Chris Chelios tossed a pass to Shanahan just wide of the goal, and Shanahan chipped it at Denis from almost behind the cage. The puck caught some of the near post, then ricocheted off Denis' back and bounced over the goal line.

``I was just trying to get a piece of the goalie and let it squeeze in,'' Shanahan said. ``That's just kind of a hope play. You're lucky if it goes in.''

Datsyuk, who has goals in his last three games, then cracked the game open by scoring twice in the second period. The first came when he tapped a rebound out of the air after Denis stopped his first shot. Ninety seconds later, Datsyuk added his seventh goal of the season when he scored off a rebound of Jiri Fischer's slap shot.

After Letowski cut it to 3-2, the Blue Jackets' Steven Goertzen was assessed a 5-minute boarding penalty for ramming Detroit defenseman Andreas Lilja into the boards, leading to two power-play goals by the Red Wings.

Shanahan ripped a slap shot from just inside the blue line near the right boards for his sixth goal of the season to make it 4-2, then the Red Wings made the most of a 5-on-3 advantage when Schneider's hard shot from the top of the right circle eluded Denis.

The Blue Jackets were serenaded by boos as they left the ice after two periods.

``We're just a little snakebit right now and until that changes we have to just keep plugging away,'' Columbus defenseman and captain Luke Richardson said.

Zetterberg carried the puck from the red line for his fifth goal to close the scoring.

Asked why the Red Wings have been on such a run, Shanahan smiled and said, ``Skating hard. If you skate real hard, drive to the net, draw penalties and our penalty-killing's been good.''

Notes: Legace tied the NHL mark of nine wins by a goaltender in October set by Vancouver's Kirk McLean in 1991-92 (9-2-1) and also matched by Toronto's Felix Potvin (9-1-0) and Philadelphia's Dominic Roussel (9-1-0), both in 1993-94. ... Shanahan and Schneider extended their points streaks to four games. ... The Blue Jackets had not scored in 76:35 before Berard picked up his third goal on a slap shot from the point in the opening period. ... The Blue Jackets have lost five of six.

scoring summary
1st Period
10:18
CBJ
PPG - Bryan Berard (3) ASST: Todd Marchant (3), David Vyborny (2)
1 - 0 CBJ
16:37
DET
Brendan Shanahan (5) ASST: Chris Chelios (1), Jason Williams (9)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
07:38
DET
Pavel Datsyuk (6) ASST: Jason Williams (10)
2 - 1 DET
09:08
DET
PPG - Pavel Datsyuk (7) ASST: Jiri Fischer (2), Henrik Zetterberg (8)
3 - 1 DET
11:38
CBJ
Trevor Letowski (2) ASST: Todd Marchant (4)
3 - 2 DET
16:33
DET
PPG - Brendan Shanahan (6) ASST: Mathieu Schneider (8), Manny Legace (1)
4 - 2 DET
17:47
DET
PPG - Mathieu Schneider (2) ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (5), Pavel Datsyuk (4)
5 - 2 DET
3rd Period
11:52
DET
Henrik Zetterberg (5) ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (6)
6 - 2 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
00:21
DET
Andreas Lilja  Holding against  Mark Hartigan
03:00
CBJ
Manny Malhotra  Tripping against  Henrik Zetterberg
10:14
DET
Jiri Fischer  Hooking against  Nikolay Zherdev
11:05
CBJ
Tyler Wright  Hooking
2nd Period
00:58
DET
Jiri Fischer  Tripping against  Trevor Letowski
03:40
DET
Brendan Shanahan  Interference against  Jan Hrdina
04:19
DET
Chris Chelios  Interference against  Nikolay Zherdev
05:31
DET
Mathieu Schneider  Cross checking
07:20
CBJ
Francois Beauchemin  Tripping against  Kris Draper
14:00
CBJ
Steven Goertzen  Boarding (maj) against  Andreas Lilja
17:25
CBJ
Adam Foote  Hooking
3rd Period
00:34
DET
Andreas Lilja  Hooking
03:16
CBJ
Duvie Westcott  Holding against  Tomas Holmstrom
07:03
CBJ
Bryan Berard  Hooking
07:03
CBJ
Jason Chimera  Misconduct (10 min)
11:13
CBJ
Jody Shelley  Roughing against  Jiri Fischer
11:13
DET
Jiri Fischer  Roughing against  Jody Shelley
12:35
DET
Robert Lang  Hooking against  Nikolay Zherdev
17:56
CBJ
Jody Shelley  Unsportsmanlike conduct
goalie stats
Manny Legace
Manny Legace
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .939SH: 2 - 2
Marc Denis
SA: 37TOI: 59:18
Saves: 31EV: 16 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 16
SV%: .838SH: 2 - 2
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