NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Columbus
(Tuesday, January 27th)
Final Score: Columbus 3, Detroit 2 (OT)
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Rick Nash's game-winner with 1:33 remaining in overtime completed his hat track, and lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
Nash also had a power-play tally and shorthanded marker in regulation, as the Columbus captain notched his third career hat trick and first of the season. Steve Mason made 21 saves for the Blue Jackets, who snapped a two-game slide in addition to a five-game losing streak against Detroit.
"I try to do that every game, but things just went my way tonight," Nash said of his performance. "It was a great team effort. That's one of the best teams in the league and for us to be down a couple of times and come back, it was a good two points."
Marian Hossa and Brett Lebda scored the goals for the Red Wings, who have lost three in a row and wrapped up a six-game road trip with a 2-2-2 mark. Chris Osgood made 20 saves in the loss.
"I thought both teams had quality chances. It was a pretty even game," Red Wings forward Dan Cleary said. "I just think we didn't get enough second opportunities on Mason and that was the difference."
Detroit was playing without forward Pavel Datsyuk and defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, who served their respective one-game suspensions levied by the league for not attending the All-Star Game festivities this past weekend. Both were selected to the Western Conference squad as reserves, but did not attend because of injuries.
In the overtime period, Nash skated into the Detroit zone with the puck before handing it off to teammate Fedor Tyutin, who skated to the left corner and passed to the slot. The puck managed to get by a number of players, though Columbus' Mike Commodore couldn't get a stick on it and the puck drifted to the right side. While that was occurring, Nash skated behind the net to the right side, spied the puck sitting unattended and flicked it into the net to end the game.
Detroit had the early lead, thanks to a power-play goal from Hossa. A point shot bounced off the back boards and returned to the right post, where Hossa tapped it in 8:55 into the game for a 1-0 lead.
The Red Wings had another man advantage just past the midway point of the middle period, but Nash took advantage and tied the contest. He stole the puck in the Columbus defensive zone, raced up-ice and snapped the puck under Osgood with 8:55 remaining in the period.
But just 29 seconds after Nash's goal, Lebda blasted the puck from the high slot past two Columbus players and Mason, giving Detroit the 2-1 edge.
Once again, though, Nash evened the game. On a Columbus power play, he tried a narrow shot from the left of the net that a Red Wing attempted to deflect away. Instead, he deflected it over Osgood into the net, making it a 2-2 game with 5:39 remaining in the second.
Detroit had one power play in the third, while Columbus had two, but neither team was able to take advantage as the game went to the extra session.
Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg left the game in the first period with an undisclosed injury...The Blue Jackets activated forward Jason Chimera off injured reserve Tuesday. Chimera missed 16 games due to an undisclosed injury, but returned and logged 14:30 of ice time. The 29-year-old Edmonton native has netted seven goals and 18 points in 31 games this season...Columbus opened a four-game homestand, and hosts Ottawa on Friday...Detroit hosts Dallas on Thursday.
01/27 22:56:46 ET