DETROIT - The Columbus Blue Jackets have been one of the best teams in the league this season and the Red Wings went toe-to-toe with them Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena.
Columbus defenseman Seth Jones scored at 3:22 of overtime to give his team a 3-2 victory in a game marked by chippiness.
Anthony Mantha stuck up for his teammate, Brendan Smith, taking on Scott Hartnell midway through the first period. It was Mantha's third career fight and Hartnell's 63rd.
1. No OT penalty call: Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg appeared to have a scoring chance in overtime when Brandon Dubinsky slashed his stick, breaking it in half. While Zetterberg had to retreat to the bench after the officials did not call a penalty, the Blue Jackets had a 3-on-2 and took advantage of it.
Quotable: "Hundred percent. It's a huge factor. Generally I try never to let calls be a factor because it's out of our control without question. When you get into overtime it's the next goal wins. That's what happens. I think we got wronged in that situation. But we're not getting that back. There's nothing we can do about it. We got to pick ourselves up, go practice tomorrow and find a way to win Thursday." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill
Quotable II: "There was no penalty, cannot figure that out. It's frustrating. In my eyes that is a penalty, but they decided not to call it." - Zetterberg
2. Thomas Vanek : Vanek said after the morning skate that he was struggling offensively as an individual but he didn't mind as long as the team was winning. But the team is generally better when Vanek is contributing on the scoresheet. The Wings' power-play woes have been well-documented but Vanek went to the net during a two-man advantage and scored at 9:00 of the second to tie the game at 2. It was Vanek's first goal in eight games, his last one on Jan. 16, the only goal in a 1-0 defeat of the Montreal Canadiens. Vanek now leads the team with 13 goals.
Quotable: "That was nice to see that we got one there. That was a big goal too to tie the game up." - Zetterberg
3. Nick Jensen : Jensen gained a job because of injury but once in the lineup, he refused to relinquish his spot. His play was so effective that he passed Alexey Marchenko and Ryan Sproul in the pecking order. When the Wings got healthier, Marchenko was placed on waivers and claimed by the Toronto Maple Leafs. At 3:22 of the first, Jensen ripped a one-timer past Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, his second career goal. Jensen played 20:13, the second time in 20 career games he has surpassed the 20-minute mark.
Quotable: "(Dylan) Larkin got the puck and had a little bit of time and I was yelling back door. They collapsed pretty well in the corner, so it kind of gave me an opportunity to kind of find a seam and he made a great pass and I think that goal is all on him. That was a great pass. If a guy sets you up in the slot like that and you don't score, he's probably going to be pretty upset." - Jensen