Osgood, Red Wings swing, and miss at No. 400

Dec 20 2010 - 5:26pm

DETROIT -- The first try at career win No. 400 ended in disappointing fashion for goaltender Chris Osgood.

The Red Wings squandered a 2-0 lead in the first period and went on to lose, 4-3, in overtime to the Stars at Joe Louis Arena on Sunday.

Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski's turnover led to Brenden Morrow's tying goal with 3:14 left in the third period.

After the Wings killed Rafalski's tripping penalty in overtime, Henrik Zetterberg had a chance to jam the puck inside the right post. But the Stars ended up with the puck on a 3-on-1 rush and Loui Eriksson scored the game-winner with 42 seconds left in overtime.

"For sure it's disappointing," Osgood said of having the win slip away. "It would be politically correct to say it wasn't, but for sure. There's only three minutes left in the game and I was feeling real good. It's unfortunate."

Osgood, who finished with 28 saves, said turnovers have been a problem of late for the Wings, even when they've been winning.

"You continue to do that and eventually it's going to bite you," Osgood said. "For sure that's something we've got to correct moving forward."

As for the game-winner, Osgood said: "Just rocketed by me. Kind of nicked me but not enough."

Wings coach Mike Babcock had planned to start Osgood in Chicago this past Friday and Jimmy Howard on Sunday against the Stars but switched the starts after teammates asked that Osgood's first crack at No. 400 come at home. The Wings lost 4-1 to Chicago.

"We wanted to get the win and that makes it even more disappointing, when you're that close," said Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom. "We had some costly turnovers at the wrong moments. Today we had one in our own zone and then 4-on-4 we had a (defensemen) down low in the offensive zone and we had a turnover and they had maybe a 3-on-1 against us. Those are the kind of turnovers that really, really have been costing us games."

Osgood appreciated his teammates asking for the switch.

"I don't brag about myself, whether I'm popular in the room or they like me," Osgood said. "They've always worked real hard for me. That's one thing I do know. Even tonight they did. I know they're disappointed in the outcome of the game.

The Wings host the Canucks on Wednesday, and Howard is likely to get that start, rather than the next day when they visit the Blues.

"Whenever it happens, it happens," Osgood said. "We can switch it once but not twice. That's becoming way too selfish. If it happens at home it does. If it doesn't, it doesn't."

Osgood admitted he'll be relieved when he finally gets the milestone win.

"It's going to happen sooner than later," Osgood said. "But I was hoping tonight, obviously.

"I'll be happy, obviously, when it does. Probably a little bit of relief. I can't disagree with that."

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