Columbus at Detroit (1/15/11)

The Wings had a rematch tonight with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets were winners in the shootout last night in Columbus. Tonight’s game was in Detroit. Joey MacDonald was the goalie for the Wings since Jimmy Howard suffered a bruised knee last night. He hopes to be back for Tuesday night’s game. Thomas McCollum was called up to back up MacDonald. Steve Mason was the starter for the Blue Jackets for the second night a row.

The Wings also lost Holmstrom in last night’s game. He’s out for an extended period with a broken hand. Tomas Tatar was called up to round out the forward lineup.

The Blue Jackets took it to the Red Wings early in this game. It only took them about 30 seconds to score the first goal and they were leading two to nothing by about the five minute mark. The Wings dug in though and settled things down. They kept working and scored two late first period goals to even up the score by the first intermission. This was one of those nights where the puck seems to be bouncing off anything and everything and ending up in the net. It was a good night to just throw the puck at the net and hope for a goal. Filppula and Miller had the first period goals for the Wings.

Early in the second period Columbus scored again to re-take the lead. Just a minute later though Franzen got that goal back and then later in the period Rafalski scored to give the Wings the lead at the second intermission.

Columbus scored early in the third period and Draper answered with one for the Wings shortly after. The rest of the third period was a great battle with the Wings up by one and Columbus trying to tie. With just over a minute to go and with his net empty, Rick Nash got the game tying goal for the Jackets. He just threw the puck on net with a ton of traffic in front of MacDonald. He never saw the puck and had no chance of stopping it.

The game went to overtime, but unlike last night, it didn’t last long. Just 45 seconds into the OT Franzen fired a bullet that beat Mason for the win.

This was a great game with a lot of exciting action, crazy bounces and goal scoring. The Red Wings did well to come back after being down early. Joey MacDonald played really well even though he gave up a lot of goals. It was just one of those nights where the puck was pin-balling all over the place. Drew Miller had a great game and it was the first three point night of his career. Draper, Helm and Ericsson all had two point nights and Draper picked up his 200th career assist.

So the Red Wings got three out of a possible four points from the home and home with Columbus. Not a bad outcome especially after just being on a long road trip. Now the Red Wings head back out on the road to play Pittsburgh on Tuesday and St. Louis on Thursday.

This 5-6 win brings us to:
62 points

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