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Red Wings drill Blue Jackets for sixth straight

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- As good as they are, the Detroit Red Wings
don't seem to think they're quite good enough.

Brendan Shanahan and Pavel Datsyuk each scored two goals to help
the Detroit Red Wings beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-2 on Monday
night for their sixth straight victory.

"We were ready to play," Datsyuk said. "We have to keep it
going. We need to get better and better."

The NHL-leading Red Wings are 9-1-0 overall and 5-0-0 on the
road.

Mathieu Schneider and Henrik Zetterberg each added a goal and an
assist, Jason Williams and Niklas Lidstrom had two assists apiece,
and Datsyuk added an assist to go with his goals in support of
Manny Legace, who had 31 saves.

Legace, who has been in goal every game for the Red Wings, tied
the NHL record and set a club mark for wins by a goaltender in
October.

"I thought Manny did a good job and our guys did a real great
job on the kill," said Detroit coach Mike Babcock, whose team
killed seven of eight penalties. "Our specialty teams did a
phenomenal job."

Bryan Berard and Trevor Letowski scored for Columbus. Marc Denis
stopped 31 of the 37 shots he faced.

The Red Wings outscored the Blue Jackets 12-2 in two meetings at
Nationwide Arena in just over 48 hours. They won 6-0 Saturday night
behind Jason Williams' first three-goal game.

"We had a lot of good scoring chances in the first half,"
Columbus coach Gerard Gallant said. "Then they went up 5-2 and
it's pretty hard to come back against that team. I was looking for
a great finish to the hockey game, but we got into trouble and they
capitalized."

Down 1-0 early after Berard scored on a power play, the Red
Wings tied it on a quirky goal. Chris Chelios tossed a pass to
Shanahan just wide of the goal, and Shanahan chipped it at Denis
from almost behind the cage. The puck caught some of the near post,
then ricocheted off Denis' back and bounced over the goal line.

"I was just trying to get a piece of the goalie and let it
squeeze in," Shanahan said. "That's just kind of a hope play.
You're lucky if it goes in."

Datsyuk, who has goals in his last three games, then cracked the
game open by scoring twice in the second period. The first came
when he tapped a rebound out of the air after Denis stopped his
first shot. Ninety seconds later, Datsyuk added his seventh goal of
the season when he scored off a rebound of Jiri Fischer's slap
shot.

After Letowski cut it to 3-2, the Blue Jackets' Steven Goertzen
was assessed a 5-minute boarding penalty for ramming Detroit
defenseman Andreas Lilja into the boards, leading to two power-play
goals by the Red Wings.

Shanahan ripped a slap shot from just inside the blue line near
the right boards for his sixth goal of the season to make it 4-2,
then the Red Wings made the most of a 5-on-3 advantage when
Schneider's hard shot from the top of the right circle eluded
Denis.

The Blue Jackets were serenaded by boos as they left the ice
after two periods.

"We're just a little snakebit right now and until that changes
we have to just keep plugging away," Columbus defenseman and
captain Luke Richardson said.

Zetterberg carried the puck from the red line for his fifth goal
to close the scoring.

Asked why the Red Wings have been on such a run, Shanahan smiled
and said, "Skating hard. If you skate real hard, drive to the net,
draw penalties and our penalty-killing's been good."

Game notes
Legace tied the NHL mark of nine wins by a goaltender in
October set by Vancouver's Kirk McLean in 1991-92 (9-2-1) and also
matched by Toronto's Felix Potvin (9-1-0) and Philadelphia's
Dominic Roussel (9-1-0), both in 1993-94. ... Shanahan and
Schneider extended their points streaks to four games. ... The Blue
Jackets had not scored in 76:35 before Berard picked up his third
goal on a slap shot from the point in the opening period. ... The
Blue Jackets have lost five of six.