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Red Wings Can’t Keep Up With the Jones: Detroit 2, Columbus 3

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Detroit Red Wings v Columbus Blue Jackets Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

We are back after a tough night last night at home against Vegas. I only saw the first period, but it doesn’t sound like I missed too much.

Zetterberg called out Mantha and Athanasiou after last night’s game, so it’ll be interesting to see how they respond tonight.

Taking a look at Columbus’ lineup will tell any Red Wings fan that you can expect former Wing Thomas Vanek to have at least a goal tonight.

Jared Coreau gets the start after getting pulled last time he played. Let’s hope that goes better.

First Period

Detroit had the first chance off the game off a interception in the Columbus zone. Nyquist got a cross-ice pass to Bertuzzi who had to corral the puck before shooting, and he cranked it off the post. Great pass by Nyquist.

Mantha gets the second good chance of the game, as he carries the puck into the zone and gets off a wrist shot that wasn’t that far away from fooling Bobrovsky.

The Columbus goalie had to come up big on the next shift as the Zetterberg line continues to get good chances. A bang-bang play involving all three forwards was turned aside, and Bertuzzi couldn’t get a backhand rebound in.

After Columbus had a couple dangerous chances, Frk came the other way. Bobrovsky made the first save, then the second one where Frk got a stick on the rebound. It ended up in the crease, and Athanasiou tried to sweep it towards the goal with his glove. Hey, at least he didn’t poke at it with his stick and hope it went in.

Ryan Murray takes the first penalty of the game for tripping Svechnikov.

If you had “shorthanded goal” on your “Bingo Card of Sadness” tonight, you can put an X on that spot. Three Red Wings got caught deep, leading to a three on two the other way. The two were Larkin and Bertuzzi, and Wennberg took the puck behind the net, and Matt Calvert slammed it into the open net. 1-0 Columbus.

The goal was empty because Jared Coreau over-committed and couldn’t get back in time. Last year, most of Coreau’s issues were from over-committing and being out of position because of it.

Luke Witkowski then tallied his first assist as a Red Wing. His shot was blocked, and the puck made its way to Darren Helm, who was alone enough in front of the goal that he was able to easily put it in. We’re tied at 1.

Wennberg high-sticks Nyquist, and Columbus gets another chance to score a shorthanded goal.

A point shot hobbled Cam Atkinson, but the PP couldn’t take advantage of that. The power play ends with no goals either way, and the period ends shortly after.

Second Period

After a sequence in which Witkowski got hit from behind, then he took exception and skated across the ice to hit Atkinson, Columbus went the other way on a two-on-one. Panarin passed to Seth Jones who cranked a perfect one-timer past Coreau. Hard to blame the netminder on that one.

A goal mouth scramble with 13 minutes remaining almost led to a tying goal, but the puck stayed out through a sea of bodies.

It’ll now take two goals to tie the game as Seth Jones scores again. Coreau makes a great save on a give and go between Vanek and Jenner. Jones was the only one in position to get to the rebound, and he puts it in for his second of the game. 3-1 Columbus.

Another odd man rush leads to a penalty on Jensen as he’s forced to hold Cam Atkinson. Columbus looks to extend its lead to 3 on the man advantage.

Detroit kills it, and then immediately takes another penalty. I guess Kronwall felt that Columbus deserved another chance at a fourth goal.

Larkin and Helm get an odd-man rush, but Helm just misses short side.

Coreau makes a big save at the end of the period, and we finish the second 3-1. Columbus has taken over the game as it’s gone on.

Third Period

The first good chance of the period comes over five minutes in as Panarin steals a pass at the Detroit blue line and comes in on goal. Coreau makes the save.

Columbus has clamped down in this period, which has lead to mostly boring hockey so far in the third. Calvert nearly made it 4-1 when his turnaround shot went off the goalpost.

Columbus is absolutely dominating now. They spend at least a minute in the Red Wings zone.

I’m really glad that I double checked on how to spell Svechnikov because it’s paying off here where I say that he has only played 4:49 through 50 minutes of this game.

Hey, something happened! Athanasiou gets the puck on a two on one off a nice pass from Abdelkader. Helm was with him, but Athanasiou took the shot and beat Bobrovsky. 3-2 with about 4 minutes left.

Athanasiou had a glorious chance to tie the game with Coreau on the bench, but he had to take a second to settle the pass from Helm and couldn’t get as good a shot off as he would have liked.


After a few good chances with the goalie pulled, Athanasiou threw the puck to the net from the boards. It somehow got through to a wide open Helm with two seconds left. Bobrovsky got just enough to keep it out and the game ends 3-2.

A pretty bad game ended with a few minutes of excitement.