The Blue Jackets opened the 2011 NHL Annual Prospects Tournament with a 7-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
Detroit scored the first two goals of the game, but Columbus would score four straight to take a two goal lead. After Detroit struck back, Columbus tallied the final three markers.
"We started slow and (Detroit) came out and controlled the game," Director of Amateur Scouting Tyler Wright said. "(Tomas) Kubalik scored a big goal to make it 2-1 and then we settled down and took over the game."
Kubalik led all Blue Jackets with two goals and three points. Wright said he felt the 21-year-old Czech-native was the best player for the Jackets on the night.
2010 first round pick Ryan Johansen (1-1-2), Defenseman David Savard (1-1-2) and Boston College product Cam Atkinson (0-2-2) added two points apiece.
Goaltender Allen York stopped 27 of 30 shots on goal and earned the victory for the CBJ. As in many games, York came up with a big stop when the game was 4-3 after a Detroit goal and timeout, Wright said.
"We are extremely happy with the kids efforts tonight," Wright said.