Columbus Blue Jackets rally to edge Detroit Red Wings, 5-4
By MITCH STACY
AP Sports Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Boone Jenner, alone in the right corner, collected a long pass from Oliver Bjorkstrand from just below the blue line and snapped off the prettiest shot of the night during a third-period rally Thursday night.
Jenner’s snipe under the bar past Jimmy Howard came 63 seconds after Bjorkstrand’s tying power-play goal. The teams traded goals later in the period, but the Jackets held on for a 5-4 victory and a season-high three-game winning streak.
“We knew we put a lot of good minutes in for the most part in those first two periods, we just needed to stick with it and raise our level in third, and we did that,” Jenner said.
Alexandre Texier, Cam Atkinson and Eric Robinson also scored for the Blue Jackets, and Joonas Korpisalo made 22 saves.
Tyler Bertuzzi had two goals, and Filip Hronek and Luke Glendening also scored for Detroit, which has lost four straight.
Howard made 32 saves.
“It’s frustrating,” said Howard, whose record dropped to 2-9-1.
“You score four goals, you expect to win in this game. I’ve got to make more saves for the guys.”
Detroit, hampered by multiple injuries, came in tied with the Los Angeles Kings with the lowest point total in the NHL (17).
Texier got the Blue Jackets on the board 5:37 into the first when he batted his own rebound from in front.
Bertuzzi tied it later in the first when he rifled a slap shot from the top of the right circle past a partially screened Korpisalo.
Atkinson got an easy tap-in off Seth Jones’ pass during a 5-on-3 power play to put the Blue Jackets up 2-1 early in the second.
Detroit got its own 5-on-3 opportunity for over a minute late in the second but the Blue Jackets killed it, allowing just one shot.