Last night, the Columbus Blue Jackets upset the Detroit Red Wings by a final score of 5-3, further hurting hopes of 25 straight playoff appearances for the Wings.
Detroit got all their goals in the final 30 minutes of the game. Ten minutes into the second period (10:24), Team USA forward Justin Abdelkader scored his 16th goal of the season. Gustav Nquist and Mike Green had the assists. In the third period, the Wings scored two goals in 45 seconds. At 15:44 into the period, Tomas Tatar scored a power play goal for his 18th goal of the season. Green and Pavel Datsyuk had the assists. At 16:30, center Andreas Anthansiou scored his fifth goal of the season. Green had another assist for his third of the night. Jimmy Howard was in goal for Detroit, and allowed 4 goals on 31 shots faced for a 0.871 save percentage (86.1%).
Columbus got all their goals in the final two frames. David Savard scored a power play goal 35 seconds into the middle frame for his 4th goal of the season. Alex Wennberg and Seth Jones had the assists. At 16:36 into the middle frame, David Clarkson scored his second goal of the season. Matt Calvert and William Karlsson had assists on the goal. In the third period, Boone Jenner scored his 24th goal of the season 26 seconds in. Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson had the helpers on the tally. At 9:16, Cam Atkinson scored his 22nd goal of the season; Jones and Wennberg had the helpers. With 18 second left in the game, Atkinson scored his second goal of the game on an empty net for his 23rd goal of the season; Jenner and Dubinsky had the assists.
Joonas Korpisalo played in what appears to may be his final game as a Blue Jackets this season, with Sergei Bobrovsky being activated off IR and expecting to start against Pittsburgh. Korpi made 32 saves on 35 shots faced for a 0.914 save percentage (91.4%). Best of luck to Joonas Korpisalo and welcome back Sergei Bobrovsky.
CBJ Three Stars of the Night
1. Cam Atkinson- 2 goals (23), assist (20)
2. Joonas Korpisalo- win; 3GA on 35SA (91.4 SV%)
3. Boone Jenner- goal (24), assist (15)
More to come…