NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Columbus
(Thursday, November 20th)
Final Score: Columbus 3, Detroit 0
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Marc Denis turned aside 25 shots for his second shutout of the season, leading the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in the back end of a home-and-home set at Nationwide Arena.
Denis stopped 10 shots in the first period, blocked seven in the second and needed eight saves in the third for his 11th career shutout. He turned aside 37 shots in Wednesday's 5-1 loss at Detroit.
Rick Nash, Andrew Cassels and Dan Fritsche scored for Columbus, which snapped an eight-game winless streak against Detroit (0-7-1). The Blue Jackets also won for the first time in six games (1-3-2).
Manny Legace stopped 21 of the 24 shots he faced in net for Detroit, which had been 4-0-1 in its last five.
Nash gave the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead at 8:53 of the first, picking up a loose puck in front of the net and beating an out-of-position Legace for his 11th goal of the season.
It remained 1-0 until early in the second period when Cassels, wheeling around behind the net with a defender in tow, flipped a tight-angle shot on goal from Legace's left. The puck found its way in between Legace's pads and the right post, giving the Blue Jackets a 2-0 lead 4:23 into the period.
Fritsche then scored his first NHL goal on a wrister from the left circle in the third, handing Columbus its 3-0 lead just over three minutes into the period. Kent McDonell assisted on the goal, his first NHL assist, and Anders Eriksson got the other helper, his first point with Columbus.
For the first time in nine games played between these teams in Columbus, the outcome was decided by more than one goal. Five of those previous eight games went to overtime.
Columbus also snapped a five-game winless streak against Detroit at home (0-4-1)...Both teams were 0-for-3 on the power play.
11/20 22:20:41 ET