Red Wings 8, Senators 1
DETROIT (AP) _ Paul Coffey had a a goal and two assists as the Detroit Red Wings routed the lethargic Ottawa Senators 8-1 Friday.
The Red Wings, who have won four of five, took 37 shots in the game to just 21 for Ottawa, which has only a win and a tie in its last 10 starts.
Detroit dominated the first period, outshooting the Senators 11-5 and taking a 2-0 lead.
Ottawa killed off an early 5-on-3 only to give up a goal at 5:39 with the teams playing 4-on-4.
Greg Johnson picked up the puck along the boards, then fired a pass to Coffey, who had broken in alone from the blue line. Coffey easily tapped the puck past goaltender Darrin Madeley for his fourth goal of the season.
Detroit scored again at 14:05 on a delayed penalty. With Ottawa trying to get a whistle, Nicklas Lidstrom drove a slap shot into the bottom corner of the net for his third goal.
As poorly as Ottawa played in the first, it was worse in the second, with the Senators being outshot 15-4.
Shawn Burr made it 3-0 after 4:46, tapping in a rebound for his sixth goal of the season.
The Red Wings made it 5-0 with two power-play goals later in the period, Ray Sheppard’s 14th and Dino Ciccarelli’s seventh.
Detroit nearly got a sixth when Burr and Sergei Fedorov had a two-man breakaway, but Burr’s pass hit Fedorov in the skate and bounced away.
Rookie Darren McCarty made it 6-0 at 8:02 of the third, beating Madeley as Ottawa defenseman Gord Dineen crashed into his goalie and the net.
Seconds after Dave McLwain shot wide on Ottawa’s best chance of the night, Vladimir Konstantinov slid a weak backhanded past Madeley for his second of the year.
Only 20 seconds later, Fedorov threaded a pass through three Senators and Vyacheslev Kozlov knocked it home for his 10th goal.
Bob Kudelski ended Chris Osgood’s bid for his first career shutout with a power-play goal at 16:26. It was Kudelski’s 23rd goal, 11 on the power play.
″We had the puck almost the entire time,″ Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman said. ″That makes it a lot easier to play defense. I just wish we could control every game like that.″
While he enjoyed watching his teammates dominate the game, Osgood did get a little bored.
″I did absolutely nothing in the first two periods,″ he said. ″Really, they only had one good shot. It’s not exciting, but I’d rather play a game like this than one where they get 50 shots on me. This was pretty relaxing.″
Ottawa coach Rick Bowness didn’t mince words about his team’s performance.
″I thought Darrin played well, and I thought our training staff showed up and did a good job,″ he said. ″Other than that, nobody showed up to play. Nobody. We put forth a total lack of effort against a highly skilled team, and ended up with exactly the result you would expect.″
Burr admitted that Wednesday’s loss at Hartford spurred the Red Wings on Friday.
″We really had to battle to get over .500, and that blew it,″ he said. ″We didn’t want to drop back under .500 tonight.″