COLUMBUS, Ohio (WWJ/AP) – The Detroit Red Wings hand the Columbus Blue Jackets their first win of season-losing 4-1 Tuesday night.
As heard on 97.1 The Ticket – the Wings (5-2-0) started out sluggish falling behind 1-0 in the first period and only saw the game tied for a short period of time before the Blue Jackets (1-7-1) would take a lead they would not relinquish.
The Red Wings started backup goaltender Ty Conklin just days after getting thrashed 7-1 during Saturday’s game against the Washington Capitals. Tuesday’s outing was not much better – giving up three with an empty net goal in the final minute of the game.
Conklin had 28 saves on the night – Columbus’ Steve Mason had 30 saves with one goal by the Wings Darren Helm in the first period.
Allen York took over in net for the Blue Jackets while starter Mason was pulled out of the game looking like he was shaken up after the Wings only goal in the first period. York played in his first NHL game as he took to the ice Tuesday.
James Wisniewski made his long-awaited Columbus debut after serving an eight-game suspension, and rookie Ryan Johansen scored his first career goal and added an assist in the Columbus win.
R.J. Umberger had a goal and an assist, rookie John Moore scored his first NHL goal and Derek MacKenzie had one into an empty net for Columbus, which entered as the only winless club — the worst start in team history.
The Detroit Red Wings play next on Friday night against the San Jose Sharks in Detroit.
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