The Detroit Red Wings rallied from a 2-1 deficit Wednesday night with three goals in a 1:16 span en route to a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The win, combined with the Phoenix Coyotes’ defeat of the Nashville Predators, puts the Red Wings in fifth place in the Western Conference with two games remaining in the season.
His second came 40 seconds later, tipping Nicklas Lidstrom‘s one-timer from the high slot past Mason.
Cleary scored just 36 seconds later, snapping a shot from the slot past Mason into the top of the net.
Mike Blunden pulled the Jackets to back within a goal with 9:47 left in the third, weaving between defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard to slide the puck in the open side of the net.
The Blue Jackets could not tie things back up, however, even with Mason pulled for an extra attacker in the game’s final minute.
R.J. Umberger tied the game at 8:58 of the first, capitalizing on a rare giveaway by Lidstrom to jump into the Detroit zone and roof a chance over Howard.
The Red Wings finished the night two-for-five on the power play while Columbus went scoreless on one power play attempt.
Howard made 21 saves on 24 Columbus shots. Mason stopped 31 of 35 shots faced.
The two teams will meet again in Columbus on Friday.
Columbus was without captain Rick Nash, out with neck and back stiffness… Eaves and Kris Russell fought late in the first period.