The Wings weren’t awful in the first period, outshooting Columbus 11-7, but found themselves down 1-0 after a Cam Atkinson goal with 6:14 to go in the frame. Give some credit to Sergei Bobrovsky, as he and his defense stood tall during two Red Wings man-advantages. The road power play woes continue. After one, 1-0 Blue Jackets.
Things got ugly in the second, as the Wings took four penalties in the period and conceded two goals from Jack Johnson (on the power play) and Nick Foligno 1:33 apart. Both teams managed only six shots in the period, which is strange considering Columbus was on the power play seemingly all period. But it also explains the Wings failing to generate almost zero offensive. It was 3-0 Columbus after two.
Detroit turned things up in the third period, retaining disciplined form and peppering Bobrovosky. But Bobrovsky hung in there, and eventually the chances evaporated, as did the game. Despite holding a 29-24 shot advantage, the Wings fell in Columbus by a score of 3-0.
The Blue Jackets have the Red Wings’ number this season, accruing a 3-0-1 record against them. Two of those wins have come in Columbus in convincing fashion, the aggregate score being 7-2. While it’s disappointing and frustrating to lose once again to the worst team in the West, the loss didn’t hurt the Wings in the standings as they remain in fourth place (although results from tonight’s games are pending). It just sucks to play mostly uninspired hockey and lose to a bad team.