Red Wings are stifled 5-3 by Blue Jackets
The score was relatively close, but the Red Wings were again soundly outplayed.
Detroit lost 5-3 to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night at Little Caesars Arena.
The Wings were outshot 39-21 and had only 10 shots through two periods.
“I thought we played the style that they wanted,” said Jonathan Bernier, who made 34 saves. “I don’t think we spent a lot of time in their zone.”
On the plus side, Adam Erne got his first two goals and points as a Red Wings and Tyler Bertuzzi got a power-play goal.
The way the Wings played reminded head coach Jeff Blashill of his nine-year-old son.
“He’s allergic to the puck sometimes,” Blashill said. “He gets rid of it as fast as he can, and that’s kind of the way we played.”
Pierre-Luc DuBois’ goal 1:19 into the third period broke a 3-3 tie and gave the Blue Jackets a 4-3 lead. He beat Bernier with a snap shot from the high slot off the rush. Former Red Wings Gustav Nyquist clinched it with an empty-net goal with 6.5 seconds left. He also had a spectacular assist on the night and was welcomed back to Little Caesars Arena by a tribute to his eight seasons in Detroit on the jumbotron during a stoppage of play in the first period.
Erne’s first goal as a Red Wing gave Detroit a 1-0 lead 5:11 into the game. He scored on a one-time slap shot from the top of the right circle.
“It took a while, but I’m just happy to get it. Not happy that we didn’t come away with the win,” said Erne, who was acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a fourth-round pick over the summer. “It’s been a long time. I felt like I was playing good hockey and they just weren’t going in.”
Columbus took the lead with two goals in a span of 1:04. Cam Atkinson tipped in a pass from DuBois with 8:58 left in the first period to tie it and Oliver Bjorkstrand gave the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead with 7:54 remaining in the opening period when he converted a no-look, backhand pass from Nyquist.
“He's aware of all situations with and without the puck,” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said about Nyquist.
But Erne put in a rebound, for his second goal, with 2:43 left in the first to tie it 2-2.
Bertuzzi’s power-play goal 1:58 into the second period gave Detroit a 3-2 lead. Filip Hronek’s shot from the point was tipped by Dylan Larkin and then went in off of Bertuzzi for his 12th goal.
But Columbus’ Kevin Stenlund got his first NHL goal to tie the game at 3, 6:54 into the second period, when his attempted pass from the left circle went in off the stick of Red Wings defenseman Trevor Daley.