Swiss rookie Damien Brunner notched a highlight-reel goal in the fourth round of the shootout to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night before 19,206, the largest regular-season crowd at Nationwide Arena in the Blue Jackets' 11-plus seasons.
"I went forehand, backhand and then dragged it back and went forehand," Brunner said. "I did it a couple times in Switzerland. Normally, I get it (higher), but there was a little hole there."
Brian Lashoff scored in his NHL debut and fellow defenseman Ian White also scored for Detroit, which finally got on the board twice in the second period after being humiliated 6-0 in their opener on Saturday night in St. Louis. Pavel Datsyuk had a goal to send the game into overtime with 6 minutes remaining in overtime, and also had an assist.
Columbus was playing its first home game without Rick Nash, the team captain and franchise record holder for games, goals and points, since the end of the 2001-2002 season. He was sent to the New York Rangers along with a minor-league defenseman and a conditional third-round pick for forwards Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, defenseman Tim Erixon and a first-round pick.
Down 2-1 entering the third period, the Blue Jackets pulled even on a power play. Wisniewski's one-timer from just inside the blue line - a low, rising shot - beat Howard on the glove side.
They then took the lead on another man-advantage after Kyle Quincey was called for interference on R.J. Umberger -- the Blue Jackets' third consecutive power play in the third period.
Cycling the puck, the Blue Jackets' Nikita Nikitin blasted a big one-timer that sailed over the cage and off the glass. It filtered all the way through congestion in front of the net. Prospal collected it at the right hash mark and scored.
"It's great resiliency," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "The negative is we're putting ourselves down. But we battled back. Our goalie was great again. If he's not good in the first period, we would have been in a real big hole."
The Red Wings weren't done however. As a power play was ending, Henrik Zetterberg dug the puck out of the corner and fed Niklas Kronwall who faked and then fed Datsyuk who had crept in behind Bobrovsky and the defense to score easily with just over 6 minutes remaining.
In the shootout, Atkinson opened with a goal for the Blue Jackets but it was disallowed after a video review.
Neither team scored through three rounds. After Howard stopped Matt Calvert, Brunner skated to the right and then pulled the puck back to his left and forced it under the right leg pad of Bobrovski. It also was reviewed, but was confirmed.
"I felt good. I've been in a lot of shootouts in Switzerland for the National Team," Brunner said. "So I just went in and tried to stay cool. Luckily, it went in."
The Red Wings ended a scoreless string of 81:10 to start the season when Lashoff's hard shot from the left point eluded Bobrovsky, thanks in part to traffic provided in front of the net by Johan Franzen.
Detroit made it 2-0 later in the period with both teams a man down. Franzen slid a pass through the slot left to right in front of the Columbus goal, setting up White who lifted the puck into the top of the net.
Just over a minute later, the Blue Jackets narrowed the gap back to a goal when Atkinson took a pass from Ryan Johansen and then slipped past defenseman Brendan Smith. He swooped in on Howard, deked and then slid a forehand under the goalie's outstretched left foot.
The Red Wings had the better of the action in the opening period, but still didn't dent the scoreboard. That was due to the play of Bobrovsky, who made several acrobatic stops while turning aside 15 shots. That was a substantial improvement for the Wings over the first period in St. Louis, where they were outshot 17-2.
"This was an important game tonight," Howard said. "You don't want to go down 0-2, especially in the shortened season. Two points are key. We got `em. Now we want to enjoy this on the flight home."
Detroit defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo was injured in the second period and did not return. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said it was unlikely he would play soon.
Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.
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