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Red Wings top Blue Jackets 4-1 in NHL playoff series opener

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DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings had to wait a while for Columbus to make a mistake in its first playoff game.

When the Blue Jackets did, the Red Wings took full advantage and went on to a 4-1 victory. Detroit's Jonathan Ericsson was credited with a go-ahead goal with 6:39 left in the second period that Manny Malhotra redirected into his own net after trying to stop the puck with his glove.

Detroit scored again less than a minute later. Chris Osgood made 20 saves for the Red Wings.

Rookie Steve Mason stopped the first 21 shots he faced before giving up three goals - two of which he was helpless on - in a five-shot stretch.

Game 2 in the first-round series is Saturday night in Detroit.

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