NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Detroit
(Saturday, March 25th)
Final Score: Columbus 5, Detroit 4 (SO)
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Pascal Leclaire made 40 saves and stoned all three Detroit shooters in the shootout to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets to a come-from-behind 5-4 win over Detroit at Joe Louis Arena.
Jaroslav Balastik was the only player to score in the shootout and Rostislav Klesla, David Vyborny and Rick Nash tallied a goal and an assist each for Columbus, which has won two straight following a five-game skid. Manny Malhotra also scored for the Blue Jackets.
"Last night we had a big win over Calgary," Nash said. "Coach came in after the first two periods and couldn't belive the different team he saw tonight in the first two. We buried our chances. I think we got our most scoring chances in the third. We were working a lot harder and we owe a lot to Pascal Leclaire. He stood on his head in the third."
Robert Lang, Steve Yzerman and Pavel Datsyuk registered a goal and assist each and Chris Osgood stopped 23 shots for Detroit, which officially secured a playoff berth by earning a point with the shootout loss. Johan Franzen also scored for Detroit.
"Game in and game out we've done a pretty good job of staying focused on not doing little things wrong," Osgood said. "It gets to a point where it seems the games roll into each other. We just made some mental errors. It's a game against Columbus in March. We're not too concerned about it. We still ended up getting a point. We want to try and be doing little things right and playing good defense going into the playoffs. We played a good game. This kind of stuff happens."
After a scoreless overtime session, Balastik began the shootout by beating Osgood stick-side. Nash shot high and wide and Osgood made a glove save on Vyborny to keep Detroit in the game.
Leclaire, however, made a stick save on Datsyuk, poke-checked Jason Williams and made a left-pad save on Henrik Zetterberg to help Columbus halt a five- game losing streak to the Red Wings, who have dropped two of their last three games.
Detroit scored the first three goals of the contest to establish a big lead.
The Red Wings got on the scoreboard 3:23 into the opening stanza after Franzen beat Leclaire with a wrist shot. Yzerman's redirection goal off a shot from Andreas Lilja from the high slot with 23 seconds left in the first period made it 2-0.
Lang's wrist shot from the left circle beat Leclaire for his 19th goal of the season to make it 3-0 entering the third period
Columbus finally got on the scoreboard 7:08 into the third frame as Klesla's slap shot from the top of the right circle beat Osgood stick-side for his sixth goal of the season. The Blue Jackets pulled within one midway through the period after Vyborny redirected a pass from Klesla past Osgood to make it 3-2.
Columbus tied the game with 5:44 left in the third period when Nash took an outlet pass, got behind the Detroit defense and swept a shot past Osgood's stick side to make it 3-3.
The Blue Jackets took their first lead of the game less than 30 seconds later when Malhotra whacked a rebound off of Osgood's stick that caromed over the goaltender's shoulder for the 4-3 advantage.
Detroit, however, netted the equalizer with 1:50 remaining in regulation when Datsyuk's wrister from the left point just got under the crossbar and in to make it a 4-4 game and force overtime.
With Ottawa's 6-3 loss to Philadelphia, the Red Wings took the overall lead in the NHL with 103 points...Detroit fell to 14-2-2 since the start of February...Columbus, which will host San Jose on Wednesday, is 10-23-3 away from home this season...The Red Wings have won seven of the last nine meetings and are 21-4-2 over the last 27 encounters between the clubs...It was the Red Wings' first loss of the season when they were leading after two periods...Detroit has outscored Columbus 29-12 this season.
03/25 23:07:52 ET