Osgood Replaces Hasek For Game 5

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DETROIT (AP) -- Dominik Hasek is out, and Chris Osgood is in.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told Hasek he would sit because Osgood was starting Game 5 against the Nashville Predators, who won two straight at home to even the first-round series 2-all.
"Ozzie has an opportunity," Babcock said Thursday. "We'll see what he does with it."
Detroit hosts the pivotal Game 5 in the best-of-seven series Friday night.
"I'm 100 percent ready," Osgood said.
The Red Wings played Osgood in 43 regular-season games and Hasek in 41, but Babcock had planned only to play the six-time Vezina Trophy winner in the playoffs.
"This is Plan B," acknowledged Babcock, adding Osgood had a strong regular season.
Hasek was benched after giving up three goals on 14 shots in Wednesday's 3-2 loss at Nashville, and Osgood had 13 saves in relief.
"It was a disappointing performance," Hasek said.




 
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