The Red Wings and the Blue Jackets combined to score seven goals in the first period and ten goals overall as Detroit downed Columbus 6-4 Saturday night. It was the third time this season the Red Wings reached six goals in one game.
Detroit’s Brendan Shanahan started the scoring just 1:10 into the game. Tomas Holmstrom broke in on Columbus goaltender Marc Denis fifty-one seconds later and beat him to the side to put the Wings up by two.
The Blue Jackets tied the game up a quarter of the way through the period with two goals almost two minutes apart.
Sergei Fedorov’s first goal of the night gave Detroit the lead again just past the midway point of the period but Tyler Wright tied the game again for the Jackets twenty-two seconds later.
The Red Wings exited the period with a 4-3 lead after Darren McCarty scored with just over two minutes remaining.
Scoring calmed down in the second period with the only goal coming as Fedorov notched his second of the night. While shorthanded, Shanahan sent a pass out to Fedorov, who punched a shot past Denis, extending the Red Wings’ lead to two goals.
At the 1:40 mark of the third period, Columbus pulled back within one on a goal by Jody Shelley ut it would prove to not be enough.
Kirk Maltby added an insurance goal with 7:47 remaining in the game. Detroit fought off a late charge while Denis was on the bench and Columbus had a power play to get the 6-4 win.
Curtis Joseph stopped eighteen of twenty-two shots faced in net for the Red Wings while Denis made twenty-eight saves on thirty-four shots for Columbus.
The Red Wings are back in action on Tuesday night when they visit the New York Islanders.