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Blue Jackets defeat Red Wings in overtime

Seth Jones scores game-winning goal for Columbus

by Dave Hogg / Correspondent

DETROIT -- Seth Jones scored with 1:38 left in overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday.

Jones, who played for two seasons with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan, said his goal was a nice way to finish his last game at Detroit's old rink. The Red Wings are moving downtown to Little Caesars Arena next season.

"I had a couple nice years out here, and I got to see some games here," Jones said. "It's a great barn with a lot of memories. The most important thing was to get two points, but it was great to get an OT winner in our last trip here."


WATCH: All Blue Jackets vs. Red Wings highlights


The Blue Jackets went on a 3-on-2 rush after Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg lost his stick, and Jones one-timed a slap shot over Petr Mrazek's left shoulder off a drop pass from Brandon Dubinsky.

"I had a clean look at him, but he hit it well," Mrazek said.

Video: CBJ@DET: Jones picks the corner for overtime win

Dubinsky scored a goal and two assists for Columbus (34-13-5), which avoided a three-game losing streak. Sergei Bobrovsky made 24 saves.

"That's a very important win for us, because we went on the road and stopped the bleeding," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "It is a battle of attrition at this point of the season, and our guys are learning how tough it is to be in the playoff race. They came off a bad game and played really well."

Mrazek made 24 saves for Detroit (22-21-10), which had won back-to-back games. The Red Wings have lost six of their past seven games that have gone past regulation.

Video: CBJ@DET: Atkinson, Dubinsky connect on give-and-go

"We need results," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "We got a point, but we need to get two."

The Red Wings dominated the opening moments of the game, with Bobrovsky having to make five saves before Detroit defenseman Nick Jensen made it 1-0 at 3:22.

"They came out flying at the start of the game, but we did a great job of containing their momentum and taking it back," Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno said.

Columbus tied the game at 9:20 when Dubinsky's pass in front hit Red Wings defenseman Xavier Ouellet and Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner before Dubinsky knocked it over the goal line.

Video: CBJ@DET: Dubinsky finishes rush with second effort

Jenner was involved in another Columbus goal at 15:56, screening Mrazek when Cam Atkinson scored his 26th off a Dubinsky pass to give the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead.

Thomas Vanek made it 2-2 at 9:00 of the second, tapping home Justin Abdelkader's pass with the Red Wings on a 5-on-3 power play.

"It was good to score one," Blashill said. "We've got to be cleaner on 5-on-3 situations, but we got a goal."

Goal of the game

The Red Wings are ranked last in the NHL on the power play, but they were able to convert with a two-man advantage in the second period. Mike Green hit Abdelkader with a long pass from his own end, and Abdelkader slid a pass between Jones and Bobrovsky to give Vanek an easy tap-in.

Video: CBJ@DET: Vanek, Abdelkader connect for PPG

Save of the game

Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski, who grew up watching the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena, nearly got a dream goal in his final game in the building. He snuck behind the defense, took a pass from William Karlsson and broke in alone, but Mrazek made a right-pad save.

Video: CBJ@DET: Mrazek extends his pad to stone Werenski

Highlight of the game

The Red Wings have struggled to score the first goal of games this season, and could have gotten frustrated after Bobrovsky made four tough saves in the first three minutes. Jensen, though, found an opening and scored for the second time in 20 NHL games.

Video: CBJ@DET: Jensen slaps home Larkin's pretty dish

Unsung performance of the game

Detroit forward Luke Glendening took a tripping penalty with 5:21 left in regulation, but Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou made two key defensive plays to help shut down the Columbus power play.

They said it

"We're heading into a huge part of our season, with a seven-game homestand followed by the bye week. We have to take care of business and come out of the bye week on fire." -- Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno

Need to know

Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson did not return after a center-ice collision with Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith late in the second period. … The overtime goal was Jones' third of the season, tying him with Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa for second in the NHL. Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter has four. … The Red Wings have gone to overtime in five of their past nine games.

What's next

Blue Jackets: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; FS-O, SNP, NHL.TV)

Red Wings: At the Washington Capitals on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; CSN-DC, FS-D, NHL.TV)


Video: Jones scores OT goal to lift Blue Jackets, 3-2

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