Red Wings Drop Second-Straight with 4-1 Loss to Blue Jackets

After opening the season 5-0, the Detroit Red Wings dropped their second consecutive game Tuesday night, a 4-1 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The win was the first for Columbus in nine tries. They had been the last winless team in the NHL.

The Blue Jackets opened the game's scoring just 21 seconds in when R.J. Umberger knocked the rebound of an Antoine Vermette chance through Detroit goalie Ty Conklin.

Darren Helm got the Red Wings on the board at 4:54 of the first, backhanding a fluttering shot past Columbus netminder Steve Mason from the side of the net.

Ryan Johansen made it 2-1 at 8:56 of the period with a power play goal, the first of his career. After a Grant Clitsome shot, Johansen gathered up the loose puck to Conklin's left and banked a shot off the netminder's skate.

Columbus took a 3-1 lead on John Moore's first career goal with 5:44 remaining in the second. Moore's shot from the left point deflected off of Drew Miller and past Conklin.

Derek MacKenzie added an empty net goal to round out the scoring.

Conklin finished the night with 28 saves on 31 shots while Mason stopped 30 of the 31 shots he faced. Allan York faced no shots in 2:33 played for Columbus while Mason was injured after Helm's goal.

The Blue Jackets scored once on seven power play chances and added a shorthanded goal into the empty net. Detroit was scoreless on three power plays.

The Red Wings are next in action on Friday when they host the San Jose Sharks.


Notes: Goaltender Jimmy Howard did not make the trip to Columbus, staying in Detroit with his wife and newborn son... Former Blue Jacket Mike Commodore remains on injured reserve for the Red Wings, recovering from a knee injury... Fabian Brunnstrom and Cory Emmerton were healthy scratches for Detroit.

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The Wings look to rebound from their 7-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday as they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight.

Columbus remains winless on the season but gets defenseman James Wisniewski back in the lineup, as he's served his eight-game suspension for a preseason hit.

Detroit will go with Ty Conklin in net for the second consecutive game, as the team has given Jimmy Howard the night off to spend at home with his wife and newborn son. Joey MacDonald will back up Conklin.

Cory Emmerton and Fabian Brunnstrom will be the healthy scratches, with Drew Miller centering Patrick Eaves and Tomas Holmstrom on the fourth line. Mike Commodore remains out with a knee injury on defense.

Game time is 7:00. FSD has the TV.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/25/2011 at 4:21 PM

 

Well this isn't a good start.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/25/2011 at 7:11 PM

 

Ugly goal against, Conks. Gotta be faster.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/25/2011 at 7:11 PM

 

Battle of bad goalies. How the hell did that get in?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/25/2011 at 7:17 PM

 

This is already a weird game.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/25/2011 at 7:19 PM

 

Didn't I say something about Conklin holding the post last game?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/25/2011 at 7:26 PM

 

Well, that was less than fun.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/25/2011 at 7:43 PM

 

Wings with a solid PK there. Hopefully a sign that they're turning things around.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/25/2011 at 8:10 PM

 

Well, Conklin gets a good stop and then a redirection gets past him. Ugly night.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/25/2011 at 8:26 PM

 

Brutal shift by Ericsson. Icing, giveaway, penalty.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/25/2011 at 8:58 PM

 

Is it bad that when they announced the injury to Pronger and the details of getting off the ice that it made me think it was retribution?

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/25/2011 at 9:07 PM

 

Didn't get to post until now but the game at the caps the other night was disapointing to say the least. When the craps scored their 6th goal I decided to leave (BTW, I was sitting right next to the Wings tunnel entrance!wink.png. As I was leaving a pretty young las who was cat calling the Wings all night gleefully told me to go home as I crossed her in my row. I told her let me know when her team finally wins a cup. She then sheepishly said we already won one cup. "ONE?!? WOW!" I shouted in her face. I told her her craps can have the victory, we'll take the 11 cups.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 10/25/2011 at 9:15 PM

 

Is it bad that when they announced the injury to Pronger and the details of getting off the ice that it made me think it was retribution?


What happened to pronger? Yes, I'm thinking bad thoughts... <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/unsure.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":unsure:" border="0" alt="unsure.png" />

Posted by DetroitRiver on 10/25/2011 at 9:18 PM

 

What happened to pronger? Yes, I'm thinking bad thoughts... <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/unsure.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":unsure:" border="0" alt="unsure.png" />


Took a stick to the face and went off the ice yelling apparently.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/25/2011 at 9:21 PM

 

I want to think that these last two games (the entirety of neither could I bear to watch) are only early bumps in a long season, but I worry, too, that the snap that I thought I saw in earlier games has disappeared, and this is looking very like a team that has played together too long perhaps? I can't imagine the grind of an 82 game season...how hard it must be to instill the energy required to come out sharp for each and every game...but it's too early for ennui or fatigue to set in, isn't it?

Posted by OldBroad on 10/26/2011 at 3:24 PM

 

Also, the Wings were unlucky to meet Columbus when the Jackets had finally developed a grudge....

Posted by OldBroad on 10/26/2011 at 3:27 PM

 

My problem with this loss is that we were outscored 11-2 over the course of two games. It amazes me how the team goes from red-hot to ice cold overnight. The last three seasons, there are times when the loss is embarrassing. I get that you are not going to win every game however, at least look like you are trying. To me, the most frustrating part of the recent losses is the whole team looks like they flat out don't care.

Posted by SYfanSD on 10/28/2011 at 12:09 PM

 

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