Detroit 3, Columbus 2

Saturday, January 21, 2012 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Columbus 13-28-1-5 8-13-1-2 5-15-0-3 L2
Detroit 32-15-1-0 19-2-1-0 13-13-0-0 W6


Valtteri Filppula scored the lone goal of the shootout as the Detroit Red Wings extended their home winning streak to 16 games with a 3-2 triumph over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

Defensemen Niklas Kronwall and Nicklas Lidstrom tallied in regulation for Detroit, which has not lost at Joe Louis Arena since Nov. 3.

Neither team was able to break through over the first three rounds of the shootout as Columbus captain Rick Nash never got off a shot and Todd Bertuzzi of the Red Wings hit the crossbar. Filppula led off the fourth round by deking to his backhand and roofing a wrist shot, giving Detroit the edge.

Jimmy Howard made a blocker save on Ryan Johansen to seal the Red Wings' sixth straight overall victory.

Columbus opened the scoring just under nine minutes into the game when Ryan Russell buried a rebound in front. But Kronwall forged a tie less than three minutes later with a wrist shot from the top of the slot.

The teams traded power-play goals by blue-liners in the second period.

Nikita Nikitin's wrister from the right point deflected off Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk and past Howard at 8:43, giving the Blue Jackets a 2-1 advantage.

Just 2:20 later, Lidstrom unleashed a slap shot from the blue line that went wide of the left post. The puck caromed off the end boards, hit Curtis Sanford in the back of the leg and bounced into the net for the Detroit captain's 10th goal of the season.

Sanford stopped 29 shots for the Blue Jackets, who began their six-game road trip with their seventh loss in nine away from home.

Top Game Performances

Columbus   Detroit
Nikita Nikitin 1 Points Niklas Kronwall 2
Nikita Nikitin 1 Goals Niklas Kronwall 1
Derek Dorsett 1 Assists Niklas Kronwall 1
Nikita Nikitin 1 Power Play Goals Nicklas Lidstrom 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Curtis Sanford .935 Save Percentage Jimmy Howard .895
Curtis Sanford 29 Saves Jimmy Howard 17

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Columbus 19 2 1-3 3-4 8 30
Detroit 31 3 1-4 2-3 19 28

Upcoming Games

  • Detroit will play its next game at home against St. Louis. The Red Wings have a W/L % of .750 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Columbus will play its next game on the road against Nashville. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .071 after a win and .364 after a loss.
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