Blue Jackets Start Strong, Then Hang on Over Red Wings

DETROIT — Pierre-Luc Dubois scored two goals to help the Columbus Blue Jackets hold on for a 7-5 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.

The Blue Jackets led 3-0 after the first period and led by four goals in the second.

Detroit rallied with three straight goals and pulled within one twice in the third period.

Dubois’ second goal midway through the third stood after a video review and challenge, giving Columbus a two-goal lead.

Anthony Mantha’s second goal with 2:12 left pulled the Red Wings within a goal again and they pulled Jonathan Bernier to add an extra skater. Seth Jones took advantage, sealing the victory with an empty-net goal less than a minute later.

Seth Jones Columbus Blue Jackets
Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 shots for the Blue Jackets, who had lost two of three.

Jimmy Howard gave up three goals on 16 shots in the first period and was replaced by Bernier, who finished with 12 saves.

Detroit has lost three straight after winning six of seven.

Columbus’ Cam Atkinson’s goal-scoring streak ended at seven games, tying Geoff Sanderson’s franchise record set in 2002.

NOTES: Columbus coach John Tortorella won his 589th NHL game, moving past Nashville coach Peter Laviolette for the most victories in the league by a U.S.-born coach. … The Blue Jackets won the season series 2-1. They opened the season with a 3-2 overtime win at Detroit and lost to the Red Wings last month at home 5-3. … Columbus scratched D Dean Kukan and F Oliver Bjorkstrand. … Detroit D Jonathan Ericsson missed his 11th straight game with a lower-body injury.


Columbus: Hosts Minnesota on Thursday.

Detroit: Hosts St. Louis on Wednesday.


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Larry Lage, The Associated Press