DETROIT (AP) -- Curtis Joseph has given the Detroit Red Wings a big lift in
place of the injured Dominik Hasek.
Joseph made 26 saves for his 43rd career shutout and Jason Woolley and Kris
Draper each scored twice in Detroit's 6-0 victory over Nashville on Monday
Joseph is 10-5-1 this season with two shutouts.
"Certainly, things are going well, no question about it," said Joseph, who
had been sent to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League before Hasek was
hurt again. "Just trying not to think about it and keep it going."
Joseph has carried the Red Wings in goal since Dec. 10, with Hasek out for
the third time with a groin injury. Detroit had been trying to deal Joseph
since Hasek came out of retirement in June. Joseph also had ankle surgery in
Woolley also had an assist, Nicklas Lidstrom and Ray Whitney each had a goal
and an assist, and Steve Yzerman had two assists.
"Obviously, you look at how the beginning of the season started," said
Woolley, who has seen increased playing time with Derian Hatcher sidelined by a
knee injury. "I really kept a good attitude and I'm proud of the way I handled
Detroit beat Nashville for the first time this season after losing the first
three against the Predators.
Joseph's saves included big stops on Rem Murray from the bottom of the left
circle and David Legwand on a partial breakaway in the middle of the second
"I thought he was outstanding," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said, praising
Joseph. "I really liked his tracking skills tonight, the way he followed the
Draper opened the scoring 7:34 in when he took Yzerman's pass from the
boards in front of the net, made a move and put the puck into the empty side of
Draper, one of the NHL's top defensive centers already has a career-high 18
goals. His previous high was 15 in 2001-02.
"I don't know. Just kind of going to the net," he said. "It's an
opportunity, getting more ice time."
Woolley made it 2-0 with 2:32 remaining in the first period, beating goalie
Tomas Vokoun with a wrist shot.
Lidstrom gave the Red Wings a 3-0 lead with a power-play goal 9:42 into the
second period. His slap shot from the high slot beat Vokoun high on the glove
Woolley added his second goal, 4:26 into the third period. It was his first
two-goal game since April 2, 2001, at Florida, while he was with Buffalo.
That goal also chased Vokoun in favor of Chris Mason.
"This definitely wasn't a good game by me," Vokoun said. "We let them
score on almost every chance they got."
Draper got his second goal with 6:16 remaining and Whitney scored with 3:32