Justin Abdelkader had the lone goal for the Red Wings. Jimmy Howard made 23 saves.
The Blue Jackets pulled even with the Red Wings with 80 points in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race.
“That’s the way it goes,” said Red Wings coach Mike Babcock. “You’ve got to score – and they pay Bob to stop the puck. Sometimes when you’re not as good, you expect your goalie to be good. He was good early for them.”
Jonas Gustavsson stopped 36 shots and the Detroit Red Wings held off the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Jakub Kindl and Johan Franzen scored for Detroit in regulation, and Jimmy Howard stopped 19 shots. Pavel Datsyuk scored the Red Wings’ only goal in the shootout.
After earning their first season-series victory over the Detroit Red Wings in franchise history, visiting Columbus seeks a fifth consecutive win in the conclusion of a home-and-home set Sunday night
Already ahead 1-0, the Blue Jackets took a three-goal lead – with help from the Red Wings in each case – by scoring twice in a span of 83 seconds in the second period.
The Detroit Red Wings are starting to play better. Surprisingly, so are the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Damien Brunner scored with seconds left but it’s not enough as the Detroit Red Wings lose to the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 on Saturday night.
The Red Wings may be in an angry mood as they try to bounce back from a lackluster effort and spoil the Blue Jackets’ home opener Monday night.