The first period of this one was pretty slow; the shots were only 6-4 Columbus and neither team scored. Both teams successfully killed off a power play, however. Not too much to speak of in the first.
The fireworks began in earnest in period number two. At 3:10 Derick Brassard sniped one past Howard to give the Jackets a 1-0 lead. Just 30 seconds later, Jakub Kindl scored his second goal in three games to even the score. But 45 seconds after Kindl scored, R.J. Umberger put Columbus back on top 2-1. The two teams traded opportunities until the final minute of the period when Detroit went on a two-minute-long five-on-three.
Twenty-five seconds into the third, Johan Franzen scored his fifth of the year to even the game up once more. The assists on the power-play tally went to Damien Brunner and Henrik Zetterberg. The Red Wings failed to convert on a second man advantage two minutes later, but successfully killed off two Columbus power plays soon thereafter. The game went into overtime tied at 2, just the second time in five games this season the Red Wings managed a point against their division rivals.
Overtime gave way to a shootout, which was opened by a Pavel Datsyuk snipe past Sergei Bobrovsky‘s five-hole. After a Ryan Johansen goal on Jimmy Howard and a miss by Damien Brunner, Matt Calvert came up and beat Howard badly to put Columbus in a position to take the extra point, which they did when Bobrovsky stopped Zetterberg’s attempt moments later.
The Red Wings finish the season 1-3-1 against Columbus, which is unfortunate because despite their five-game winning streak, the Blue Jackets are one of the worst teams in the NHL. However, at this point in the season gaining points is the most important thing, and Detroit did that today, staying in fourth place with 29 points (12-9-5). Looking towards the future, the Wings have only eight more regular season home games, and while 9-4-3 isn’t a bad home record, it could be much better. If the Wings end up making the playoffs as a bottom-three seed or even miss out entirely, games like this where they could have taken an extra point will turn out to be huge. Stay tuned.
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