Jaroslav Balastik capped a comeback with the only goal of the
shootout to give the Blue Jackets a 5-4 win over Detroit on
David Vyborny, Rostislav Klesla and Rick Nash each had a goal
and an assist, and Manny Malhotra also tallied for Columbus, which
scored four times in the third period after trailing 3-0. Ron
Hainsey added two assists.
"To stop those three guys is a feat in itself," Blue Jackets
coach Gerard Gallant said.
Nash and Vyborny failed for the Blue Jackets against Chris
"We stopped playing and doing the things you need to do to
win," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.
The Red Wings led 3-0 in the third period, but Columbus rallied
to take a 4-3 lead on Malhotra's goal with 5:15 left in the third
"It was kind of getting to desperation time for us," Malhotra
said. "We weren't very happy the way we started the game."
But Datsyuk tied it with 1:50 remaining with a wrist shot from
the high slot.
"Shocked and definitely disappointed," forward Mark Mowers
Nash pulled Columbus into a 3-3 tie with 5:44 left when he moved
in off right wing, cut across the crease and slid the puck past
Klesla put Columbus on the board with 7:48 remaining, when he
scored on a slap shot from the right point.
Vyborny cut the deficit to 3-2 with 9:21 left when Klesla's shot
went in off him.
"We buried our chances," Nash said. "I think we got most of
our chances in the third. We were working a lot harder and we owe a
lot to Pascal Leclaire."
Franzen gave Detroit a 1-0 lead at 3:23 of the first period when
he put a shot in from the slot after knocking down Brendan
Yzerman made it 2-0 with just 22.8 seconds remaining in the
opening period, when he tipped Andreas Lilja's shot out of the air.
Lang scored on a shot from the inside edge of the left circle
with 7:07 left in the second period.
Detroit signed RW Mikael Samuelsson to a three-year
contract extension. ... Former Red Wings forward Sergei Fedorov was
booed every time he touched the puck. ... Red Wings RW Dan Cleary
missed his second game with the flu.