Blue Jackets Survive A Mistake-Filled, Entertaining Affair With a 7-5 Win in Detroit

By Rob Mixer on November 26, 2018 at 10:12 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno protects the puck away from Detroit Red Wings defenseman Trevor Daley during a game at Little Caesars Arena.
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My god.

Say that in your best John Tortorella voice. It makes it better.

The Blue Jackets, in their wildest, weirdest and ugliest win of the season, got two points with a 7-5 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena.

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They had a 3-0 lead, a 5-1 lead, then saw the lead trimmed to 5-4 and 6-5 before finally putting it away in the third period. 

Artemi Panarin and Pierre-Luc Dubois each had three points, with Dubois picking up a pair goals. Five players had at least two points, while Sergei Bobrovsky started strong and was shaky toward the end while his teammates put up seven.

What a bizarre, mistake-ridden game this was.

The Blue Jackets were dominant in the first period, racing out to a 3-0 lead on goals from Dubois, Anderson and Panarin (who snapped a 12-game goalless drought with a power play tally). Columbus was all over Jimmy Howard and chased him after the first period, but it likely wasn't a performance pull, as they dominated Detroit in all three zones. 

In the second period, Detroit punched back and the Blue Jackets kind of punched themselves. David Savard gifted a goal to the Red Wings on an exit-pass turnover and a careless offensive zone penalty led to a power play goal that cut the Jackets' lead to 5-3.

Injury Update

None to report. Oliver Bjorkstrand was a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game.

Next Up

The Blue Jackets head back home to face the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night at Nationwide Arena. 

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