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Red Wings blank punchless Bruins 2-0

by Brian Compton /

With a little help from his goal posts, Chris Osgood reached another milestone on Tuesday night.

Osgood stopped all 29 shots he faced and saw two others hit the post as the Detroit Red Wings skated away with a 2-0 victory against the Bruins at Joe Louis Arena. It was Osgood's 50th career shutout -- 39 of which have come with Detroit.

''I don't put much merit in shutouts,'' said Osgood, who picked up his 394th career victory. ''The only thing they're good for is that you know you have a great chance of winning the game. I grew up watching Grant Fuhr play and he was just about winning games, so that's kind of my mentality.''

Wings coach Mike Babcock was pleased to see Osgood step up and give the team the goaltending it needed in such a low-scoring affair.

"I thought he played well tonight," Babcock said. "They had a few opportunities and he did well with them. I give him a lot of credit. We challenged our goaltender to be better than he has been in the last couple games and he did that."

Meanwhile, the Bruins were blanked for the second straight game. Boston has lost three of its last four and has scored only three times in that span. The Bruins have not scored in nearly 133 minutes and were shut out in consecutive games for the first time since March 2007.

''We're going to have to decide that we're tired of hearing we had a good effort without winning," coach Claude Julien said.

Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom scored 3:22 apart late in the first period to help the Red Wings improve to 3-0-1 in their last four games. Zetterberg scored right off a faceoff two seconds into a power play at 14:21; Holmstrom converted a behind-the-back feed by Pavel Datsyuk for eighth goal in 13 games at 17:43.

Tim Thomas made 24 saves but couldn't prevent the Bruins (6-7-1) from falling under the .500 mark.

"I see a lot of good things, even though we made a couple of mistakes that cost us," Thomas said. "We want to put the puck in the net. We're still getting chances, sniffing right around the edge but it's not going in for us. I made a couple of mistakes that ended up costing us. We couldn't put the puck in the net.''

Babcock -- whose team is missing injured forwards Johan Franzen and Valtteri Filppula and lost Marian Hossa and Jiri Hudler to free agency last summer -- sympathizes with the Bruins, who are playing without injured forwards Marc Savard and Milan Lucic. Both are key components in Boston's offense.

''I imagine they looked at us like we looked at them,'' Babcock said. ''Without Savard and Lucic, they have big-time players out of the lineup -- no different than us.''

Material from wire services was used in this report

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