Red Wings 7, Blue Jackets 2
DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – They’re baaack! The Detroit Red Wings clinch a playoff berth and beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-2 on Monday.
As heard on WXYT 1270 – Tomas Holmstrom scored twice in the first period, Gustav Nyquist and Jiri Hudler each added a goal – to put Detroit up 4-0 going into the second period.
Ty Conklin had 24 saves for Detroit, Blue Jackets’ Steve Mason had 22 saves and allowed six goals before being pulled and Allen York allowed one more goal and had 10 saves.
Nicklas Lidstrom scored in the second period along with Brad Stuart, and Pavel Datsyuk scored the final goal for Detroit making it a 7-0 game.
Mark Letestu and Rick Nash scored for Columbus in the final period getting the Blue Jackets on the board.
Detroit erased a 4-1 deficit and beat Carolina, 5-4, on Saturday, snapping its 6-game losing streak in the process.
Detroit (45-25-5) went 3-6-2 while Lidstrom was sidelined with a bone bruise in his right ankle.
The seven-time Norris Trophy winner’s return seemed to provide a lift Saturday, as he managed an assist while the Red Wings rallied with four unanswered goals for a 5-4 victory over Carolina, snapping a six-game losing streak.
Goalie Jimmy Howard, forward Johan Franzen and defenseman Jonathan Ericsson are among the injured players yet to return for the Red Wings.
This game is the first of a home-and-home series between these two clubs.
The game in Columbus on Wednesday will be the final meeting between the two teams in regular season play.
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