Brunner Scores Shootout Winner for Red Wings in Columbus

Playing in only his second career NHL game, Damien Brunner was the hero for the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night, scoring in the fourth round of the shootout to lift Detroit past the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Brunner faked out Columbus netminder Sergei Bobrovsky, dragging the puck to his left to jam it between the post and Bobrovsky's outstretched pad for the only goal of the shootout.

Pavel Datsyuk, Valtteri Filppula and Henrik Zetterberg failed to score for Detroit earlier in the shootout. Cam Atkinson, Artem Anisimov, Ryan Johansen and Matt Calvert were held off by Detroit's Jimmy Howard, though Atkinson appeared to score before video review showed that he took two shots by knocking in a rebound chance.

After a scoreless first period, Red Wings' defenseman Brian Lashoff, making his first NHL appearance in place of the injured Jonathan Ericsson, opened the game's scoring at 1:10 of the second. After Mikael Samuelsson's one-timer from the top of the left faceoff circle was blocked, Samuelsson got the rebound and sent it to Lashoff at the blue line for a blast that found its way through a Johan Franzen screen and past Bobrovsky.

Detroit's defense contributed again to make it 2-0 with 5:54 left in the period. Franzen lugged the puck through the left circle and drew a group of defenders to him before sending it across to Ian White in the right circle for a shot over Bobrovsky and under the bar, into the top of the net.

The Blue Jackets began their rally 1:14 later. Atkinson split Kyle Quincey and Brendan Smith after taking a pass from Johansen, breaking in alone to beat Howard.

At 3:24 of the third period, James Wisniewski fired a blast from the blue line with the Blue Jackets on a power play to tie things up.

Vinny Prospal put Columbus out in front with another power play goal at 8:43 of the third. Nikita Nikitin's shot from up high bounced off the glass behind the net and came back out front. With Howard spun around, Prospal put home the rebound from the slot to make it 3-2.

Datsyuk made it 3-3 with 6:04 left in regulation, just as a Detroit power play expired. Niklas Kronwall got the puck all alone in the slot and raced down the middle. His delay drew everyone to him, leaving Datsyuk wide open at the side of the net to take a pass and knock the puck home.

Because that goal came just seconds late, the Red Wings finished the night scoreless on seven power play tries. Columbus had two goals on seven attempts with the extra attacker.

Howard made 30 saves on 33 Columbus shots on the night to earn his first win of the season. Bobrovsky stopped 39 of the Red Wings' 42 chances.

The Red Wings are right back in it on Tuesday when the host the Dallas Stars in their home opener.


Notes: In addition to Ericsson, Detroit was without forwards Todd Bertuzzi, Darren Helm and Jan Mursak, backup netminder Jonas Gustavsson, and defenseman Jakub Kindl. They also lost defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo to injury in the third period... Forward Patrick Eaves made his first appearance in 14 months, returning from post-concussion syndrome to take Mursak's spot in the lineup... New Red Wing Jordin Tootoo fought Jared Boll off the opening faceoff.

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The Red Wings look to rebound from their awful showing to open the season in St. Louis on Saturday as they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight.


They'll be doing so even more banged up than they were on Saturday. Todd Bertuzzi remains out with mono and Jakub Kindl's going injury hasn't improved enough for him to play. On top of that, Jan Mursak is expected to miss significant time with a shoulder injury suffered on Saturday and Jonathan Ericsson may be unable to go due to an injury suffered in practice on Sunday. To round things out, backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson tweaked his groin after taking over for Jimmy Howard in the Detroit crease against the Blues, so he's also out.


Defenseman Brian Lashoff has been called up from Grand Rapids and will slide onto the third defense pairing if Ericsson is unable to play. He joins goalie Tom McCollum, who was called up to replace Gustavsson on the Red Wings' bench.


Patrick Eaves will get into his first game in 14 months to cover for Mursak. Eaves looks like he'll slot in on the fourth line with Drew Miller sliding up to Mursak's spot on the third line.


Game time is 7:30 PM with TV by both FSD and NBCSN.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2013 at 2:46 PM

 

Ericsson is out tonight. Lashoff makes his NHL debut.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2013 at 7:07 PM

 

Completely unnecessary fight off the bat.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2013 at 7:48 PM

 

Awful power play. Surprise.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2013 at 7:54 PM

 
Completely unnecessary fight off the bat.

And not even a good one!


The new reply update feature thing is really cool (even if it's not new anymore!)

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 1/21/2013 at 7:55 PM

 

Ian White may be the only Wings defenseman to have successfully held the puck in at the point this season, though.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2013 at 7:56 PM

 
The new reply update feature thing is really cool (even if it's not new anymore!)

Think it was added late last season.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2013 at 7:59 PM

 

Much better power play.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2013 at 7:59 PM

 

Damn, Brunner is quick. Good save by Bobrovsky.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2013 at 8:07 PM

 

Leaving your feet to hit Tootoo doesn't work, you just sail over him.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2013 at 8:09 PM

 

Dominated but didn't score, sticking to the script.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2013 at 8:25 PM

 

Way to go Lashoff! Opportunity and sh*t.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2013 at 8:44 PM

 

I guess Ericsson can stay hurt, huh?

Posted by catmandu on 1/21/2013 at 8:45 PM

 

And Ian White is not totally useless. Nice effort by Franzen on that play.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2013 at 9:10 PM

 

Smith and Quincey burned again. Atkinson pretty quick. Jimmy sucking on breakaways this year.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2013 at 9:13 PM

 

Damn. Wings not capitalizing on their own power plays looks bad right now.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2013 at 9:44 PM

 

Um... Why was Howard on his back for that goal?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2013 at 9:55 PM

 

Thought for sure I'd be bitching out Kronner right now for not shooting.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2013 at 10:06 PM

 

At least we get a point?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2013 at 10:16 PM

 

Franzen better on D than most of the blue line late in the OT. Great diving play to block the clearing attempt.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2013 at 10:24 PM

 

Sudden death shootout. I hate this.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2013 at 10:33 PM

 

Video from the game now available.


http://www.detroitho.../2013/01/21.php

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/22/2013 at 8:56 AM

 
Damien Brunner

Damien Brunner
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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