Blue Jackets Take Down Red Wings As the Offense Comes Alive

By Jacob Nitzberg on March 2, 2021 at 9:32 pm

This was very, very needed.

The Blue Jackets stopped their five-game losing skid tonight against the Red Wings, defeating Detroit, 4-1. Cam Atkinson, Riley Nash, Jack Roslovic, and Boone Jenner scored for Columbus.

Atkinson got it started for the Blue Jackets with his fourth short-handed goal of the season and 10th overall. He found himself in a 2-on-1, and decided to take the shot instead of pass. It was the right choice.

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Anthony Mantha tied up the game at 1-1 with a power-play goal, and the first period ended with the two teams tied at one apiece. Shots on goal in the period were 10-10, and shot attempts were 15-15.

The middle frame saw the Blue Jackets come into their own offensively. First, Nash potted an absolute dart to give the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead. Emil Bemstrom made a great pass to find him.

Then, Roslovic tipped a Zach Werenski shot past Jonathan Bernier for a power-play goal.

Finally, Boone Jenner put the icing on the cake with a blocker-side snipe. It was Jenner's seventh tally of the season, with assists coming from Werenski and Seth Jones.

Bernier was pulled after the second period, and Thomas Greiss played the final 20 minutes for the Red Wings. The third period was far more calm, with both teams seeming content to ride out the rest of the contest. 

The final score was 4-1, in a game that the Blue Jackets dominated thoroughly. The win has to feel good for Joonas Korpisalo, who was 0-4-1 in his last five starts. The Finnish netminder didn't have much work to do tonight, but he was solid when he needed to be.

Next Up

The Blue Jackets will head to Dallas to take on the Stars on Thursday night. Puck drop is slated for 8:30 ET.