Red Wings Rally Twice but Fall to Blue Jackets in Shootout

The Detroit Red Wings twice rallied from down a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night but could never get out front, dropping a 3-2 decision in the shootout.

Jakub Kindl and Johan Franzen undid 1-0 and 2-1 deficits, respectively, but only Pavel Datsyuk scored for Detroit in the tiebreaker while Columbus got goals from Ryan Johansen and Matt Calvert for the win. Damien Brunner and Henrik Zetterberg were stopped by Blue Jackets’ netminder Sergei Bobrovsky.

After a scoreless first period, Derrick Brassard got Columbus on the board at 3:10 of the second. Just as a Blue Jackets’ power play expired, Brassard rifled a shot from the right wing half-boards into the top corner over Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard‘s glove.

The Red Wings would respond just 30 seconds later. Datsyuk won the puck in a battle along the right wing boards and carried it through the top of the right faceoff circle before sending a pass across to Kindl for a blast from the high slot past Bobrovsky.

The Jackets regained their lead just 45 seconds after that on a goal by R.J. Umberger. Niklas Kronwall whiffed on a clearing attempt in the Detroit zone and the puck came to Johansen for a shot from the right circle. Howard kicked that chance right back out but Zetterberg couldn’t corral the puck and it came to Umberger for a shot from the top of the circle that again beat Howard glove-side.

Franzen would tie things back up with the Red Wings skating on a five-on-three just 25 seconds into the third period. After cycling the puck along the right wing, Zetterberg got it to Brunner alone down low on the left wing. As the defense shifter to Brunner, Franzen drifted into the slot to take a pass and snap a shot past Bobrovsky.

Franzen’s goal was the lone power play goal of the night. The Red Wings had six tries with the extra attacker including a long five-on-three. Columbus had five power plays.

Bobrovsky made 21 saves on 23 shots just a day after his first career shutout. Howard stopped 19 of the 21 chances he faced.

The Red Wings will be off until Wednesday when they start a Western Canadian road trip in Calgary.

After being a healthy scratch for six games, defenseman Ian White got back into the lineup, swapping in for Brian Lashoff. Kent Huskins remained a healthy scratch.

Postgame: Blue Jackets @ Red Wings – 3/10

I haven’t been doing postgame notes because I’ve been a bit busy lately. I’d skipped out on pre-game notes as well because the Wings were on a winning streak when I skipped them, but that’s over now so maybe I’ll get back into that, too.

Mickey Redmond spent a lot of time breaking down the Red Wings’ second goal today but there’s one thing he didn’t mention: That was clearly a set play.

Early on, with the puck being moved along the right wing and up high, you could see Johan Franzen trying to get position in the slot. That’s expected, of course the guy in the slot was trying to get open.

What surprised me was that there were several times when it seemed like Damien Brunner on the left wing should have been trying to get in position to take a cross-crease pass and put the puck in the back door. Instead, he backed away from the goal, drifting towards the corner, and the Wings didn’t try to force a pass to him.

Seems pretty clear to me that all the movement on the right side of the ice was to get the perfect pass to Brunner, whose job wasn’t to put it on goal but to get it back to Franzen for the shot.

Maybe I’m saying that because that’s how it worked. Maybe it’s obvious that it was planned. Mickey didn’t say it, though, so I figured I would.

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