Blue Jackets start strong, end with 7-5 win over Red Wings
By LARRY LAGE
DETROIT (AP) John Tortorella hopes his team learned a lesson.
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 early in the second. They started to coast and it almost cost them.
"Things are never safe in this league anymore," Tortorella said. "You have to stay within your system and you still have to check. It turned into a slop fest."
After its slow start, Detroit rallied with three straight goals and pulled within one twice in the third period.
"We didn't play the first period," said Anthony Mantha, who scored two goals for the Red Wings. "We didn't do anything until we got told to wake up between periods. That was pretty much the whole message."
Dubois' second goal midway through the third stood after a video review and challenge, giving Columbus a two-goal lead.
"It was kind of confusing for everybody," said Boone Jenner, whose goal gave the Blue Jackets a 5-1 lead in the second.
Mantha's second goal with 2:12 left pulled the Red Wings within a goal again and they pulled goaltender Jonathan Bernier to add an extra skater. Seth Jones took advantage, sealing the victory with an empty-net goal less than a minute later.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 shots for the Blue Jackets, who had lost two of three.
"We're up 3-0 after the first period, but Bob made some really big saves," Tortorella said.
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.
"The first period, we got outworked," Detroit's Frans Nielsen said. "They skated more than we did. We got outworked, basically. We don't have the talent in here that we can afford to get outworked. We gotta show up every night for 60 minutes if we want to win in this league."
Columbus' Cam Atkinson's goal-scoring streak ended at seven games, tying Geoff Sanderson's franchise record set in 2002. Atkinson was on the ice when Jones scored his empty-net goal.
"I was just trying to get the thing out," Jones said. "I wasn't worried about the streak at that point."
Mantha scored his first of two goals early in the third, giving coach Jeff Blashill another encouraging sign.
"He's really starting to heat up," Blashill said.
NOTES: 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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Updated November 26, 2018