Blue Jackets Defeat Red Wings in Overtime Behind Max Domi's Game-Winner

By Jacob Nitzberg on May 8, 2021 at 9:48 pm
May 8, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson (middle) celebrates with teammates center Jack Roslovic (left) and right wing Patrik Laine (right) after scoring a goal against the Detroit Red Wings in the 1st period at Nationwide Arena.
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That was quite the finale.

In the Blue Jackets' final game of the season, and potentially John Tortorella's last head game as head coach, they battled for 64 minutes and 40 seconds to defeat the Red Wings in overtime, 5-4.

  1 2 3 (OT) F
BLUE JACKETS 1 1 2 (1) 5
RED WINGS 1 1 2 (0) 4

In the first period, Jakub Vrana scored his eighth goal in 11 games since becoming a Red Wing to give Detroit a 1-0 lead. Before the period was over, some nifty work with the puck from Seth Jones allowed Cam Atkinson to bang in the equalizer. After 20 minutes, the two teams were knotted at 1-1.

The Red Wings went ahead, once again, in the second period. Danny DeKeyser beat Matiss Kivlenieks with a wrister to give Detroit a 2-1 lead. Just like the first period, the Blue Jackets came roaring back. Oliver Bjorkstrand tied it up with a beautiful wrist shot that went off of the post and in. The two teams would head to their locker rooms tied at 2-2, with one more period to go in each of their seasons.

Max Domi took a roughing penalty at 6:05 of the third period, and then things became very interesting. Eric Robinson notched a shorthanded goal to give the Blue Jackets a 3-2 advantage, but just before the power play expired, Sam Gagner scored a power-play goal to tie things up at 3 apiece.

Then, Jack Roslovic gave the Blue Jackets their second lead of the game at 14:45 of the third. He beat Calvin Pickard with a shot from the right circle for his 12th goal of the season. Yet again, the Red Wings answered, this time courtesy of Valterri Filppula after a goalmouth scramble.

In overtime, Domi notched the game-winner with 20 seconds remaining to send the fans home happy.

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Tonight's game concluded the 2020-21 season for the Blue Jackets.