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A three goal outburst in a 1:16
span of the 3rd-Per carried the Red
Wings to a 4-3 Wednesday night win over Columbus.
The victory allowed Detroit to continue its leap-frogging with idle Los Angeles,
moving past the Kings again back into 6th place in the NHL Western Conference
A pair of power play goals by Tomas Holmstrom just 40-sec apart put Detroit
in front 3-2. An add-on by Dan Cleary proved to be the game-winning goal when
the Blue Jackets got a mid-3rd lamp lighter to draw within 4-3.
The late Wings rally overcame what had been an uninspited Detroit effort
through the first 40-mins.
Detroit struck first early in the 1st-Per. Niklas Kronwall (#7) took a drop pass
from Todd Bertuzzi and wristered through traffic at 2:23/1.
Columbus countered to go ahead 2-1 before first intermission. A Detroit
turnover sent Wings nemesis R.J. Umberger (#23) on a right wing rush and he
wristed over Jimmy Howard at 8:57/1 for an unassisted tying goal. The Jackets
went ahead at 18:33/1 when a Mike Blunden pass tipped off the back stake of
Detroit's Valtteri Filppula and onto the stick of Samuel Pahlsson (#3) for a close in
A weak tripping call on Blunden at 6:46/3 led to Detroit's first PPG which retied
the game. Henrik Zetterberg shot from the top left circle and the puck deflected past
Jackets netminder Steve Mason off the skate of Holmstrom (#23) at 8:05/3. Holmer was
in the blue ice of the crease at the time. An angry Umberger instantly picked up an
unsportsmanlike minor and Detroit went on the power play again. This time it was
Nicklas Lidstrom who fired, taking a return pass from Johan Franzen in the high slot
and Holmstrom (#24) got the tip-in at 8:45/3. Cleary (#15) completed the blitz, catching
Columbus flat-footed and taking a deep zone pass from Darren Helm to snapshot from the
right circle at 9:21/3.
The Jackets quickly got close at 4-3 when Blunden (#2) took a return pass from
Tomas Kana to streak behind the Detroit defense, stickhandle and dish the disc past
a sprawling Howard at 10:13/3. Columbus was still upset and Derick Brassard took a
10-min misconduct between Blunden's goal and the ensuing faceoff.
Detroit held on to snap a two game losing skid.
The Red Wings outshot the Blue Jackets 35-24 including 15-6 in the decisive 3rd-Per.
With 98 standings points Detroit is 5th place Nashville, but the Predators own the
most wins tiebreaker. The Kings have 97 points and LA had a game in hand on both the
Predators and Red Wings. However, the Preds played late Wednesday night at Phoenix.
R-WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK: "They did [relax] for the first 40 minutes. But they've
got enough pride and leadership to get the win."
R-WINGS L-WING TOMAS HOLMSTROM: "[His Columbus disputed first goal] was a screan in
front of the net."
R-WINGS GOALIE JIMMY HOWARD: "It's good to get on a roll going into the playoffs. We just
need to build off this."
JACKETS DEF MIKE COMMODORE: "They turned it on in the third period. Not a big surprise.
It's what they do....[Holmstrom's] been doing that for 15 years, however long."
JACKETS Rt-WING MIKE BLUNDEN: "No one in this locker room is happy about our season."
Cleary scored in his second consecutive game since returning from a groin injury.
The three goals against in 1:16 is a new Columbus franchise record as are the combined
four goals in a 2:08 span.
Jackets sniper Rick Nash missed his second consecutive game with a sore neck and back.
Umberger extended his NHL career-high to 55-P and has scored goals in his last two games
The Red Wings lead Columbus 4-0-1 in the season series.
The Red Wings end the season on the road at Columbus Friday night and at Chicago
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