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.

Blue Jackets’ Rally Extends Wings’ Losing Streak to Five Games

Vinny Prospal of the Columbus Blue Jackets scored with 24.7 seconds remaining in regulation on Thursday night, giving Columbus a come-from-behind win over the Detroit Red Wings and extending Detroit’s losing streak to five games.

In the waning moments of the game, Prospal joined Derek Dorsett and James Wisniewski on a three-on-two into the Detroit zone. Dorsett sent the puck to Wisniewski at the top of the left faceoff circle while Prospal went to the front of the net. Rather than shooting, Wisniewski passed to Prospal, who shoveled a spinning backhander past Red Wings’ goalie Jimmy Howard.

The goal capped a comeback from down 2-0 less than three minutes in.

R.J. Umberger got Columbus on the board with a power play goal at 4:23 of the first period. Jack Johnson’s shot from the blue line was knocked down at the top of the crease by Cam Atkinson. Umberger gathered up the loose puck and flipped it past Howard to make it 2-1.

After a scoreless second period, Dorsett tied things up at 5:03 of the third. Off a giveaway in the corner to the right of Howard, Derrick Brassard carried the puck out into the slot and put a shot on net. Dorsett got the rebound and put it around Howard.

Damien Brunner had opened the game’s scoring just 18 seconds into the game. Brunner picked off an attempted pass behind the Columbus net and wrapped around, eventually knocking in his own rebound.

At 2:40 of the period, Brian Lashoff collected the rebound of his own blocked shot and put it back on net, with it deflecting off of Valtteri Filppula on the way and beating Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to make it 2-0.

Bobrovsky finished the night with 28 saves on 30 shots. Howard stopped 21 of 24 shots.

Umberger’s goal was the only one on the power play on the night. Columbus had three tries with the extra attacker while Detroit had four.

The Red Wings are back in action on Saturday when they host the Nashville Predators.


Blue Jackets forward Artem Anisimov had to be carried off the ice on a stretcher early in the second period after a collision with Detroit’s Kyle Quincey and Ian White. Quincey left the game with an apparent leg injury on the same play… Jan Mursak played his first game since the season opener, returning from a shoulder injury.

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.


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.

Franzen Lifts Red Wings over Blue Jackets in OT

Johan Franzen scored 45 seconds into overtime Saturday night, carrying the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-5 win over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets.

The win came a night after Detroit dropped a 3-2 shootout decision in Columbus, losing two players in the process. The Red Wings were without goalie Jimmy Howard and forward Tomas Holmstrom for the rematch, bringing their total injured players to seven.

Franzen’s game-winner came when he jumped in from the right point to the top of the faceoff circle and took a pass from Henrik Zetterberg, snapping a shot past Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason. The puck bounced off the bottom of the crossbar and into the net, giving the Red Wings the win.

Columbus seemed to be in control with an early 2-0 lead when Derick Brassard and Grant Clitsome scored in the first 4:12 of the game.

The Red Wings rallied with two quick goals of their own late in the period. Valtteri Filppula snapped a shot past Mason with 2:26 left and Drew Miller tied things up with 40 seconds remaining on an attempted pass from behind the goal line that deflected multiple times to get into the net.

Matt Calvert beat Detroit netminder Joey MacDonald on a breakaway just 2:57 into the second but Jonathan Ericsson‘s backhander one minute later snuck past Mason on the short side to tie things back up.

A shot from the high slot by Brian Rafalski slipped past Mason at 8:02 to give the Red Wings their first lead. Rafalski’s initial shot was knocked down at the top of the crease but it had enough momentum to continue on into the net.

RJ Umberger re-tied the game at 1:10 of the third period, banging the rebound of a Fedor Tyutin shot past MacDonald on a Columbus power play.

Kris Draper poked home a rebound 2:22 later to make it 5-4.

With 1:04 left in regulation and Mason on the bench for an extra attacker, Rick Nash snapped a shot from the high slot through traffic and past MacDonald to force overtime.

Umberger’s goal was the only power play goal of the night. Columbus had two tries on the power play and Detroit had one.

MacDonald stopped 25 of 30 shots in earning the win, his first since a 6-3 win against the Blue Jackets while playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2009. Mason made 28 saves on 34 shots against.

The Red Wings are back in action on Tuesday when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Filppula Scores Second Consecutive GWG as Red Wings Defeat Blue Jackets

Valtteri Filppula scored his second game-winning goal in as many games, once again leading the Detroit Red Wings to a victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Filppula scored Detroit’s second goal in their 2-1 win in Columbus on Friday and followed it up with their third goal in a 4-2 win on Sunday night.

Sunday’s goal came on a three-on-two rush just 52 seconds into the third period. Todd Bertuzzi sent the puck to Johan Franzen for a redirection on Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason from right in front. Mason knocked it aside but Filppula was left all alone to jump in and lift a shot off the bottom of the crossbar and in, giving the Red Wings a 3-1 lead.

R.J. Umberger pulled Columbus to within a goal with 1:31 left in the third, tipping an Antoine Vermette shot past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard while skating six-on-four.

Danny Cleary scored into the empty net to wrap up the game’s scoring.

Derick Brassard had opened the scoring with 43 seconds left in the first period, tipping a shot from Anton Stralman past Howard to give the Jackets the lead.

Niklas Kronwall tied things up at 10:12 of the second, pushing up to carry the puck to the net from the corner and bang in his own rebound chance.

Just 14 seconds later, Darren Helm lifted a shot from the right faceoff circle over Mason’s shoulder to give the Wings the lead.

Umberger’s goal was Columbus’ only tally on seven power play tries, including a full two minute two-man advantage in the middle of a four-minute power play. Detroit was held scoreless on all five of their chances with the extra attacker.

Howard made 27 saves on 29 Columbus chances while Mason stopped 38 of the 41 shots he faced.

The Red Wings now head west for a three-game trip through California, facing the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday to kick things off.


The Red Wings were without Mike Modano for the first game this season. He underwent surgery for a severed tendon in his arm on Saturday and is out indefinitely.

Quick Goals Give Red Wings Win over Blue Jackets

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.

Tomas Holmstrom scored two power play goals and Danny Cleary added an even-strength tally that proved to be the game-winner.

Holmstrom’s first goal came 8:05 into the third, when a Henrik Zetterberg shot deflected past Columbus goalie Steve Mason off of Holmstrom’s skate.

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.

The Red Wings had opened the game’s scoring just 2:32 into the first period, when Niklas Kronwall whipped a shot past Mason from the high slot off of a backhand feed from Todd Bertuzzi.

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.

Samuel Pahlsson took advantage of another turnover, spinning to fling a shot past Howard from the left faceoff circle after Andreas Lilja failed to control the puck.

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.

Bertuzzi Leads Red Wings over Blue Jackets

Todd Bertuzzi scored twice on Saturday night, carrying the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first game of a home-and-home series.

Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard made 28 saves in the win, including 14 in a first period that saw the Red Wings badly outshot.

Antoine Vermette opened the game’s scoring with 7:50 left in that opening period. Jakub Vorecek picked up the puck in the Detroit end on a miscommunication between Derek Meech and Valtteri Filppula. Howard stopped Vorecek’s chance but Vermette scored on the rebound to put Columbus in front.

Detroit nearly tied the game early in the second when a Brad Stuart shot deflected off of R.J. Umberger before hitting both posts and bouncing out.

Bertuzzi scored his first of the game to even things up, taking a feed from Pavel Datsyuk in behind the defense and cutting around netminder Mathieu Garon for a power play goal at 6:38 of the second.

It looked like Columbus would retake the lead with three minutes left in the middle period but a tremendous defensive play by Darren Helm kept the game tied. A shot from Umberger bounced over Howard and was headed into the net before Helm swatted the puck up into the air at the goal line and then batted it out of the crease with his glove.

Bertuzzi would add his second at 2:44 of the third to put the Red Wings in front. Brian Rafalski fired a shot from the blue line intentionally wide of the net and Bertuzzi was there to pick up the puck as it came out the other side, banging it into the open cage.

In the game’s closing seconds Filppula put a shot off the side of an empty Columbus net but the Wings held on without the insurance goal.

Bertuzzi’s first goal was the game’s only power play tally. The Red Wings had five chances with the extra attacker while the Blue Jackets had four.

Garon finished the night with 25 saves on 27 Detroit chances.

The two teams meet again on Monday in Columbus.


Rafalski and Filppula returned to the Detroit lineup. Rafalski had missed one game with the flu while Filppula had been out since October with a broken wrist. The Red Wings are now down to seven injured regulars.

Franzen Scores as Red Wings Sweep Blue Jackets

Johan Franzen scored in the game’s final minute Thursday night, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-5 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets and finishing off a four-game sweep of their Western Conference Quarterfinal matchup.

Franzen’s goal came on a late power play after the Blue Jackets were called for too many men on the ice. Jiri Hudler pushed to the front of the net from the left side and Franzen followed him up, banging in a rebound with 47 seconds remaining.

The goal put Detroit back in front after they gave up a two-goal lead for the second time in the game.

The Red Wings led 3-1 after the first twenty minutes of the game, taking the lead on goals by Nicklas Lidstrom, Tomas Holmstrom and Dan Cleary while Kristian Huselius scored for Columbus.

The Blue Jackets scored four times in the second period, rallying twice when their season seemed over.

Rick Nash tipped in a goal at 1:44 of the middle frame and R.J. Umberger added another at 5:38 to tie things up.

Marian Hossa scored two consecutive goals to put Detroit back in the lead but Kris Russell and Fredrik Modin countered.

It was the first game of the series in which the Blue Jackets scored more than one goal.

Columbus netminder Steve Mason stopped 35 of 41 shots against while Detroit goalie Chris Osgood made 27 saves on 32 shots.

The Red Wings will now wait to see the outcome of the series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks to know who they will face in the next round. The Wings will face the Ducks if Anaheim wins or the Vancouver Canucks if San Jose does.


Detroit was without Kris Draper for the fourth-straight playoff game.

Red Wings Take Command of Series, Lead Blue Jackets 3-0

The Detroit Red Wings put the Columbus Blue Jackets’ backs to a wall Tuesday night, taking a 3-0 lead in their Western Conference Quarterfinal series with a 4-1 win.

Detroit spoiled the first-ever playoff game in Columbus with a goal just 67 seconds into the game and didn’t allow the Blue Jackets on the board until the game’s closing minutes.

Tomas Holmstrom opened the scoring early. Marian Hossa snapped a shot off the crossbar behind Columbus goalie Steve Mason. The puck dropped down into the crease and Holmstrom poked it home to give Detroit the early lead.

Dan Cleary stretched the lead to a pair with 45 seconds left in the period, taking a pass from Johan Franzen in front of the net, then spinning and sliding the puck around Mason.

Henrik Zetterberg scored with 6:05 left in the second period, scoring from the slot after being left all alone as Mike Commodore moved to hit Franzen behind the net.

R.J. Umberger returned from being knocked woozy on a second-period hit by Brad Stuart to score the Blue Jackets’ lone goal of the game. Umberger backhanded a rebound chance past Chris Osgood on a power play with 3:53 remaining in regulation.

Zetterberg added an empty-net goal to finish off the scoring.

Mason finished the night with 22 saves on 25 shots against, while Osgood stopped 31 of 32 Columbus chances.

The Red Wings did not score a power play goal for the first time this series, as they were unable to convert either of their two chances. The Blue Jackets scored their first power play goal of the series, going one-for-four on the night.

Detroit looks to complete the sweep on Thursday night.


The Red Wings were without Kris Draper for the third-straight playoff game and fifth in a row overall.

Osgood Leads Red Wings to Game One Victory

Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood took a step towards answering his critics Thursday night, stopping 20 of 21 shots in leading the Red Wings to a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game One of their first-round matchup.

In the lead up to the playoffs, Detroit’s goaltending tandem of Osgood and Ty Conklin had been named as a prime reason why the Wings might not repeat as Stanley Cup Champions.

Osgood started out strong, stopping 13 first-period shots as the Red Wings were shorthanded four times, including a brief five-on-three.

Jiri Hudler opened the scoring for Detroit 48 seconds past the game’s midway point, taking a feed from Valtteri Filppula for a tap-in on a two-on-one.

Just 52 seconds later, RJ Umberger tied the game on a backhander when he was left alone in front of the net.

Rookie Jonathan Ericsson, making his first career playoff appearance, put the Red Wings back out in front with 5:39 left in the second. Ericsson fired a shot from the right point and Columbus’ Manny Malhotra attempted to glove it out of the air. Malhotra only got a piece of the puck and deflected it past goalie Steve Mason.

Niklas Kronwall‘s power play goal 48 seconds later was also a deflection on a shot from the point. Kronwall’s blast bounced off of Jan Hejda’s hip and through a Johan Franzen screen to get past Mason.

Franzen added a goal of his own 2:54 into the third, stuffing the puck in from the side of the net.

After the frantic first period, Osgood faced only eight shots for the remainder of the game. Mason faced 34 shots on the night, stopping 30 of them.

The Red Wings went one-for-four on the power play while the Blue Jackets were scoreless on five power play tries.

Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinal series between the two teams will be Saturday at Joe Louis Arena.


The Red Wings were without Kris Draper, who will also miss Game Two of the series.