DETROIT -- All season long, secondary scoring has been an issue for the Red Wings.
Far too often, Detroit's 'big guns' have been relied upon to carry most, if not all, of the offensive load.
In Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Little Caesars Arena, the Wings finally received the secondary scoring they've craved as bruising left wing Adam Erne scored twice, registering his first two career points with the Red Wings.
Unfortunately, not enough of the Wings could match Erne's zeal as Detroit lost for the second consecutive game.
It also fell to 0-2 against Columbus this season and has now lost six straight home games to the Blue Jackets.
Erne (two goals) and Tyler Bertuzzi (power play) were Detroit's goal scorers.
Cam Atkinson, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Kevin Stenlund (power play), Pierre-Luc Dubois and former Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist (empty net), tallied for the Jackets.
Jonathan Bernier (7-10-2) took the loss in net for the Wings, stopping 34 of the 38 shots he faced for a save percentage of .895.
Joonas Korpisalo (14-10-3) picked up the win for Columbus, but he was hardly tested. He made 18 saves as the Wings could only generate 21 total shots. Korpisalo's save percentage was a pedestrian .857.
Detroit (9-24-3) hits the road next to take on the Maple Leafs Saturday night in Toronto.
Next up for Columbus (14-14-6) is a home engagement against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.
1. Adam Erne: It had been a long time coming for Erne. But when he finally got his chance, he made the most of it. Frans Nielsen found Erne in the right circle and Erne beat Korpisalo at 5:11 of the first period for his first goal of the season. Brendan Perlini got the second assist. It snapped a 40-game goalless streak for Erne, who last scored as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Winnipeg Jets on March 5. However, Erne was not done. At 17:17 of the first, Erne got a rebound when the puck bounced off Luke Glendening. Madison Bowey picked up the second assist. It is Erne's third career two-goal game, the last coming last Dec. 29 against the Montreal Canadiens. Erne had a golden opportunity to complete the hat trick seven minutes into the second but defenseman David Savard prevented him from doing so. Erne finished with 18 shifts for 13:38, had four shots, three hits, was 1-for-2 in face-offs and was even.
Quotable: "It took a while but I'm just happy to get it. Disappointed we couldn't come away with a win. But hopefully get something started there. Everybody wants to score. At the same time, if I wasn't scoring, I was trying to contribute in whatever way that I could, whether that was being physical or just being a leader on the bench and keeping the guys positive. But hopefully they'll start going in." - Erne
Quotable II: "I feel really good for him. I thought he was one of our best players tonight and provided a spark. You could see with the celebration on his first goal that it was a big relief for him and rightfully so. It was a great shot and a great play on both of them. He was the spark we needed tonight, and he brought it. We didn't have much energy to start this game. He brought that for us tonight, so he was a huge plus for our team." - Dylan Larkin
Quotable III: "I thought Adam Erne had his best game as a Red Wing. Beyond scoring, I thought he was impactful. I thought he had a good game. We got some guys in our room that have been really good players for us this year, they got to rise their game up, we got to be way better." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill
2. Tyler Bertuzzi: If you want dirty goals, Bertuzzi is your man. Although not the biggest player on the Wings, Bertuzzi likes to go to the hard areas, especially around the net. At 1:58 of the second, with the Wings on the power play, Filip Hronek shot from the high slot and both Bertuzzi and Larkin were lurking in the slot. The puck went off Larkin, then off Bertuzzi and into the net. It marked Bertuzzi's 12th goal of the season, tying him with Anthony Mantha for the team lead. It is the 40th goal of Bertuzzi's career. Since the 1999-2000 season, only six Wings have recorded their 40th goal faster than Bertuzzi, who did it in 164 games. Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Henrik Zetterberg, Mantha, Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou reached that milestone faster. Bertuzzi extended his point streak to three games, with two goals and one assist in that span. He also has points in six of the Wings' last eight games, with two goals and four assists. Bertuzzi finished with 21 shifts for 21:38, had two shots, a takeaway, a blocked shot and was minus-1.
Quotable: "I think all over the ice we need to simplify a little more. With simplifying, you're gonna look at shooting the puck more, putting it on net, like we did on Adam Erne's second goal, or our power-play goal. It's just simple. Throw it to the net and there's guys around. You get one guy in front of the net to take the goalie's eyes away and there will be rebounds, or it will go in right away. We need to simplify it, we need to funnel more pucks to the net. We need to get the second and third chances and either possess it, or put it in the net." - Larkin
Quotable II: "I have to go back and see in the first. In the second, we killed penalties and played D-zone coverage, so it's hard to shoot the puck from your own end. I also think we still pass up too many shots. Even at the end of the game, Bert's got a real look and he tries to make one more pass. We got to be a team that shoots the puck. We got to be committed to that." - Blashill
3. Filip Hronek/Madison Bowey: With his assist on Bertuzzi's goal, Hronek became the fourth Detroit defenseman since 1979-80 to collect 30 or more assists in his first 80 games, joining Nicklas Lidstrom (49), Yves Racine (43) and Jeff Sharples (32). Coincidentally, Lidstrom was at the game Tuesday night. Hronek leads Wings defensemen in scoring with 19 points (7-12-19). Hronek finished with 28 shifts for a team-high 25:20, had three shots, two hits, one giveaway, two blocked shots and was minus-1. Bowey, who assisted on Erne's second goal, now has three points (1-2-3) in his last two games. He is second to Hronek in scoring among Detroit blueliners with 11 points (2-9-11). Bowey finished with 23 shifts for 17:44, had one shot, three giveaways, one blocked shot and was plus-1.
Quotable: "We didn't get pucks out of own zone when we should have gotten pucks out of our zone. They come down hard at you. I thought we had opportunities to get pucks behind them and we didn't. we mismanaged the puck there and I thought that carried forward to the second. As the second period went along we looked like a super unconfident team and just slapped the puck around instead of had moxie and poise and understand the difference between carelessness with the puck, where you're throwing the puck, where you're turning pucks over in bad spots and taking unneeded risk. Understand the difference between that and just throwing the puck away. My 9-year-old plays hockey, he's allergic to the puck sometimes. He gets rid of it as fast as he can and that's kind of the way we played. That's confidence and moxie and swagger, but we're the only ones that can give us that. I'm not saying that as an excuse, because it's not. We got a whole bunch of guys that are good hockey players in that room that aren't playing as good as they can. So we got to pick it up and find ways to play way better hockey than that. Lack of execution on passes end up … you just don't create any offense. We were a little bit better in the third. I shouldn't even say that. I thought once we got down we had moments of being better in the third, we had some moments of some real plays. It's kind of a nothing play on the fourth goal. It's unfortunate. We got to be way better." - Blashill
Quotable II: "I thought we played the style that they wanted to play. I don't think we spent enough time in their zone. They're a heavy team and they like to grind down low and we spent a lot of time in our zone defending. That's tough to go and get some chances at the other end when you're tired. Personally, I think I've got to find a way to make that fourth save and stay in the game 3-3 there." - Bernier
Quotable III: "It's tough but you look at our schedule, nobody's looking at us like, 'hey, look at the Red Wings. Feel bad for them.' We're in this every day. For the schedule that we've had, the grind of it, you can't get caught up in that. Yeah, it's been tough but like I said, no one's looking at us like 'poor Red Wings.' We gotta find solutions, we gotta find ways to get out of this and we have to do it together. I thought we stuck together. There's been some lows but there's been some positives, some highs. We need more of them here coming into Christmas and into the New Year, and find a way to have more positives here. I believe in our guys. I believe in every guy in this room. There's no reason why we can't turn this around soon." - Larkin