Red Wings 2, Blue Jackets 1
DETROIT (AP) – Jonas Gustavsson stopped 36 shots and the Detroit Red Wings held off the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Daniel Alfredsson scored his first goal as a Red Wing and Todd Bertuzzi got the game winner. Henrik Zetterberg had two assists.
Cam Atkinson scored for Columbus and Sergei Bobrobsky made 30 saves.
Bertuzzi’s power-play goal gave the Red Wings a 2-1 with 8:46 left in the middle period. He scored from just outside the crease for his second goal.
Atkinson put the Blue Jackets on the board and tied the game 7:48 into the second period with an unassisted power-play goal. It was a spectacular individual effort as Atkinson carried the puck the length of the ice, bulled past Detroit defenseman Dan DeKeyser, got off one shot and then jammed the rebound past Gustavsson. It was Atkinson’s second goal.
Alfredsson gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead 5:05 into the game when he blasted a slap shot past Bobrovsky from the left circle.
Detroit led 1-0 after the first period, despite being outshot 18-7. Gustavsson stopped Boone Jenner on a one-timer from the bottom of the left circle 7;25 into the opening period and Blue Jackets’ defenseman Jack Johnson hit the crossbar from the slot with 7:40 left in the first during a power play. Gustavsson also denied Cam Atkinson twice from in close in the period’s last 10 seconds during another Columbus power play.
Notes: Detroit’s No. 1 goaltender Jimmy Howard missed his second consecutive game with a sore hand. Petr Mrazek was recalled from Grand Rapids of the AHL earlier in the day to back up Gustavsson. .. .Columbus D James Wisniewski is a native of the Detroit-area suburb Canton and played his junior hockey with the suburban-Detroit based Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League. .. Blue Jackets’ D Johnson is from Ann Arbor and played at the University of Michigan. .. The start of the game was pushed back 30 minutes to 8 p.m. because of the Detroit Tigers’ American League Championship Series game against the Boston Red Sox, which began at 4 p.m. at Comerica Park. .. Blue Jackets RW Jared Boll also played with the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers. .. Detroit sent C Darren Helm to Grand Rapids on a conditioning stint. He hasn’t played this season and played only one game last season due to a sore back. . Columbus C Matt Calvert underwent abdominal surgery and is out for six weeks.
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