Blue Jackets 3, Red Wings 0: Sergei Bobrovsky recorded his first career NHL shutout by turning aside all 30 shots he faced as Columbus extended its season-high winning streak to four games by claiming the opener of a home-and-home set with visiting Detroit.
Defenseman Jack Johnson scored a power-play goal and Cam Atkinson and Nick Foligno also tallied for the Blue Jackets, who won the season series versus the Red Wings for the first time in franchise history. Columbus is 3-0-1 against its Central Division rival with only Sunday's tilt at Joe Louis Arena remaining.
Playing in his 99th career contest, Bobrovsky highlighted his milestone performance by making 13 saves in the third period. The Russian netminder has stopped 103 of 105 shots during his four-game winning streak.
Atkinson gave Bobrovsky all the offense he would need with 6:14 remaining in the first period. Matt Calvert forced a turnover behind the net by Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall before feeding Atkinson on the doorstep.
Jonas Gustavsson finished with 21 saves for the Red Wings, who fell to 5-2-1 in their last eight games.
GAME NOTEBOOK: After Johnson doubled the advantage at 5:12 of the second period, Foligno benefited from another Red Wings turnover by wristing the puck inside the left post for his first goal in 10 games. ... Detroit, which went 0-for-3 on the power play, is 0-for-19 versus Columbus this season and 0-for-36 on the road. ... Columbus has failed to yield a power-play goal in a franchise-best nine games.