COLUMBUS, Ohio – Rookie Boone Jenner and veteran Brandon Dubinsky scored 40 seconds apart in the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky had 39 saves to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Nick Foligno and Derek MacKenzie also had goals and Nathan Horton had two assists for the Blue Jackets, who have won five of six.
Columbus was playing one night after its game at Dallas was postponed in the first period when the Stars’ Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench.
The Blue Jackets and Red Wings came in to this game tied with 71 points in the East and battling for playoff position.
Danny DeKeyser scored for the Red Wings, who went to third-string goalie Petr Mrazek when Jimmy Howard couldn’t play because of the flu. Mrazek stopped 33 shots.
Detroit has dropped four of five (1-3-1).
With the score tied at 1 midway through the third period, the Blue Jackets broke loose.
Jenner, playing in his 55th game, came to the back wall and squeezed out Detroit centre Cory Emmerton, taking away the puck. Jenner then continued to the right dot before snapping off a wrist shot that beat Mrazek high on the stick side at the 10:08 mark.
Shortly after that, Matt Calvert won a puck battle in the neutral zone and then fended off a defenceman while muscling the puck ahead to Dubinsky. He collected the pass, skated to the crease and also scored inside the far post for his 13th at the 10:48 mark.
The Red Wings had two early power plays and took the game’s first five shots but Bobrovsky turned them all away.
They got on the board at the 10:24 mark when DeKeyser’s blast from the point ramped off the stick of Calvert and past a surprised Bobrovsky.
Columbus tied it at the 15:11 mark. Nick Schultz, playing his first home game for Columbus after being acquired from Edmonton in a draft-day trade, got a shot through traffic from close to the blue line. Mrazek stopped it but the rebound popped into the slot. Foligno spun with defenceman Jonathan Ericsson on his back and got two whacks at the loose puck while belly-first on the ice before finding the net for his 17th.
Detroit dominated the opening period, with an 18-8 upper hand in shots and three power plays.
Bobrovsky made huge saves on point-blank shots by Riley Sheahan and Drew Miller within seconds in the middle of the opening period.
Mrazek, who had played with Grand Rapids of the AHL most of the year before being called up March 8, had not won for the big club since Nov. 2, a 5-0 victory over Edmonton.
The Red Wings are used to being without players, since they are already without the equivalent of a playoff team: Star forwards Henrik Zetterberg (back) and Pavel Datsyuk (knee), along with right wing Daniel Cleary (knee), centre Stephen Weiss (groin), right wing Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder), centre Darren Helm (head), centre Joakim Andersson (foot) and backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson (groin).
NOTES: Howard was 10-3-2 with a 1.99 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage against the Blue Jackets. … RW Cam Atkinson, third for Columbus with 18 goals, was a healthy scratch for the third game in a row. … A TV weatherman was roundly booed during the first intermission when he appeared on arena monitors to forecast snow on Wednesday after a 65-degree day on Tuesday. … Detroit RW Tomas Jurco suffered an upper-body injury in the second period and did not return.
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