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Blue Jackets score three times in third to rally past Red Wings

Bjorkstrand, Jenner, Robinson get goals for Columbus, which is 4-1-1 in past six games

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Jenner's sharp-angle snipe

DET@CBJ: Jenner roofs goal from sharp angle

Boone Jenner lets go of a shot from the bottom of the circle that finds the top shelf, giving the Blue Jackets a 4-3 lead in the 3rd

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COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets scored three goals in the third period to rally past the Detroit Red Wings, 5-4 at Nationwide Arena on Thursday.

Oliver Bjorkstrand and Cam Atkinson each had a goal and an assist, Seth Jones and Zach Werenski each had two assists, and Joonas Korpisalo made 22 saves for Columbus (9-8-4), which has won three straight and is 4-1-1 in its past six games.

"We knew we were playing well, we just had to stay with it," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella. "All in all, it's a good win in coming back and having a third period like that."

 

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Tyler Bertuzzi scored twice, and Jimmy Howard made 32 saves for Detroit (7-14-3), which is 0-2-2 in its past four games.

"Going into the third, you have a lead, you've got to find ways to win those games," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "In the NHL, rarely do you lose games when you have the lead like that, and we've got to find a way to win it."

Bjorkstrand tied it 3-3 at 7:40 of the third period, scoring with a slap shot after Howard kicked out a rebound on the power play.

Boone Jenner scored 63 seconds later from a sharp angle along the goal line to give the Blue Jackets a 4-3 lead, and Eric Robinson scored his third goal in four games on a breakaway to make it 5-3 at 13:49.

"I thought from the first shift that first line that went out there (in the third period), we got it right in their end, started cycling and kind of carried our game through the rest of the third period," Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said about the line of Alexander Wennberg, Robinson, and Josh Anderson. "Some huge goals, big moments."

Bertuzzi cut it to 5-4 at 16:46 on a deflection of Dennis Cholowski's shot with Howard pulled for an extra attacker.

The Red Wings pulled Howard again following the goal but only managed one shot on net.

"We knew we had a lot of time," Bertuzzi said. "We had a few minutes. We did all we could, we had a few chances. Obviously, they kept them out and they defended it well."

Alexandre Texier gave Columbus a 1-0 lead at 5:37 of the first period after getting his own rebound in front.

Bertuzzi tied it 1-1 at 12:06 of the first, but Atkinson made it 2-1 at 4:30 of the second period when he took a cross-seam pass from Jones and scored at the left post on a 5-on-3.

"I was pretty embarrassed at how I've been playing recently," said Atkinson, whose goal was his first in 11 games. "I took a pretty hard look in the mirror at what makes me successful as a player, and I think I took strides in that direction tonight."

Filip Hronek tied it 2-2 at 16:03 when his centering pass deflected in off the skate of Jones, and Luke Glendening scored 44 seconds later on a breakaway while shorthanded to give the Red Wings a 3-2 lead.

 

They said it

"It's frustrating being up 3-2 going into the third. It's a frustrating feeling in here, but nobody is going to feel sorry for us." -- Red Wings forward Luke Glendening

"We knew we put a lot of good minutes in for the most part in those first two periods, we just needed to stick with it and raise our level in third, and we did that." -- Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner

 

Need to know

Columbus has allowed five shorthanded goals, the most in the NHL. … Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha had an assist and has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past eight games. … Red Wings forward Darren Helm (lower body) participated in the morning skate but did not play. He was replaced by Christoffer Ehn, who had 10:50 of ice time after being recalled from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. … Joe Hicketts was also recalled from Grand Rapids and had four hits in 15:51 of ice time in place of defenseman Mike Green (upper body). … Werenski has points seven points (three goals, four assists) in a five-game point streak. … Foligno returned after serving a three-game suspension for elbowing Colorado Avalanche forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare on Nov. 9. … Blue Jackets forward Riley Nash was a healthy scratch. … Columbus is 9-1-1 when scoring first and is 9-1-0 in its past 10 games against Detroit.

 

What's next

Red Wings: At the New Jersey Devils on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-D+, NHL.TV)

Blue Jackets: At the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; SN360, SNW, FS-O, NHL.TV)

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