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Osgood stellar as Red Wings edge Kings

DETROIT (Ticker) -- Chris Osgood shined in his return to the

crease after a nearly two-week hiatus for a "mental recharge."

Osgood made 30 saves and Tomas Kopecky scored a key goal early

in the third period as the Detroit Red Wings posted a 2-1

victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday.

"It felt good," Osgood said. "It's just another phase in my

career. It's just one game. I'm going to keep doing what I've

been doing in practice and stay in the right mindset. I just

have to make sure I don't lapse back."

Defenseman Derek Meech also tallied for Detroit, which has won

four of its last five.

Alexander Frolov netted a power-play goal and rookie Jonathan

Quick stopped 39 shots for the Kings, who lost for the fourth

time in five contests.

"I think we did some good things in the first period," Los

Angeles coach Terry Murray said. "We managed the puck well and

was getting it on the net. Unfortunately, we made some passes

through the middle of the ice and that gave Detroit some

momentum on turnovers."

Osgood has maintained a respectable record despite struggling

this season. The 36-year-old has posted a 19-5-7 mark and

entered this contest with a shoddy 3.29 goals-against average.

"The physical skills were always there," Osgood said. "It was

just a matter of resetting my mind and just playing the moment.

Now this game is over. I've always been like that but for some

reason I got away from that the first half of the year.

"You can fill your mind with too many things and it's hard to

play when you've got a lot of stuff in your head. I really felt

tonight like I was back to where I was in the playoffs. I

wasn't thinking about anything when I was playing."

A 14-year veteran with three Stanley Cup rings, Osgood - who has

been getting challenged by Ty Conklin for the starting job - had

allowed three or more goals in nine of his previous 10


"I don't want to think about goals anymore," Osgood said. "I

just want to think about winning games and getting ready to go

down the stretch here."

However, his stellar effort enabled the Red Wings to complete a

sweep of the season series with the Kings.

Meech opened the scoring by collecting a loose puck in the

crease it tapping it past Quick with 7:52 remaining in the

second period.

"Coming in and out of the lineup like I do, I just want to

contribute any way I can and I guess I contributed tonight,"

Meech said. "Our big guys have been doing such a great job all

year, but the great teams need that secondary scoring. I'm

fortunate I was able to score one tonight."

Kopecky, who was a healthy scratch in Wednesday's 4-1 win over

the San Jose Sharks, doubled the bulge at 1:43 of the third,

accepting a pass from Valtteri Filppula and firing a snap shot

into the vacant net.

"We played well," Quick said. "They just ended up scoring one

more goal than us."

Frolov cut the deficit in half three minutes later with a wrist

shot from the low slot, but Osgood was impenetrable the rest of

the way.

"You don't just get lucky," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.

"If you work hard good things happen to you. All the credit

goes to Ozzie. Tonight was a real positive showing for him. I'm

sure he feels good about himself. Now he can breathe a little

and not carry the weight of the world around."



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