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NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Detroit

(Wednesday, November 19th)

Final Score: Detroit 5, Columbus 1

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Brett Hull scored twice to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Joe Louis Arena.

Tomas Holmstrom, Steve Thomas and Kris Draper also scored for the Red Wings, who are unbeaten in their last five games (4-0-1). Detroit also remained unbeaten in its last eight matchups against Columbus (7-0-1).

In the opener of a home-and-home series between these two teams, Manny Legace made 37 saves for Detroit in the winning effort. Legace was playing in place of injured starter Dominik Hasek, who missed the contest with a pulled hamstring.

Geoff Sanderson scored the lone goal for Columbus, which remained winless in its last five games overall (0-3-2). The Blue Jackets' road struggles also continued as they remained winless in nine road tilts this season (0-7-1-1).

The Red Wings scored twice early in the opening period to take control of the contest. Draper opened the scoring at 4:09 of the first stanza when Kirk Maltby streaked down the right wing and unleashed a shot from the circle. Marc Denis made the initial save but the long rebound caromed directly to Draper in the high slot, and he easily placed the puck into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Hull scored his first of the contest only 2:03 later when he one-timed a shot from the slot inside the left post. He took a pass from the right corner by Pavel Datsyuk and didn't miss from in close.

Legace kept the Blue Jackets off the scoreboard with several difficult saves in the first period. He stopped 18 Columbus attempts in the stanza to open the door for Detroit to blow open the contest, which it did in the second period.

Exactly five minutes into the middle period, Holmstrom scored his fifth goal of the season with Detroit on the man advantage. Stationed in front of the net, Holmstrom jammed at the puck after Steve Yzerman's shot was denied and it slid under the sprawled-out goaltender for a 3-0 lead.

Just over two minutes later, Hull's second goal of the contest came as a direct result of a David Vyborny turnover in his own zone. Vyborny lost control of the puck near the blue line while trying to skate out of his own zone. Hull picked up the loose puck and wristed a shot over Denis' glove and into the net for his eighth of the season.

Denis made 37 saves in the losing cause, including 17 in the middle period.

After Sanderson scored 2:46 into the final period making it a three-goal game, Thomas answered for Detroit several minutes later when he skated in on a breakaway and beat Denis top shelf for the game's final tally.

Game Notes

Holmstrom has now scored 44 of his 86 career goals on the power play...Datsyuk's assist on Hull's first goal was his 100th career point...The Red Wings improved to 6-2 at home this season...Columbus lost its fourth straight in Detroit...Columbus' goal was on the power play. The Blue Jackets finished 1-for-3 with the man advantage, while Detroit was 1-for-5.

11/19 23:37:15 ET

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