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Four third-period goals lift Red Wings past Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Detroit coach Mike Babcock said the Red
Wings decided in the third period that they simply weren't going to
lose.

Dan Cleary scored the winning goal with 5:19 left to complete
his first career three-goal game and cap Detroit's 7-4 comeback
victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

"Obviously we didn't play great at the start of the third,"
said Cleary, who has a career-high 17 goals. "We kept pushing and
stayed with it."

Pavel Datsyuk had two goals and an assist for Detroit, winners
of five of their last seven. Henrik Zetterberg and Danny Markov
each had a goal and an assist. Robert Lang assisted on all three of
Cleary's goals, and Brett Lebda had two assists.

David Vyborny had a goal and an assist for Columbus, which
scored four straight goals to pull ahead 4-3 early in the final
period. Ron Hainsey, Dan Fritsche and Adam Foote also scored for
the Blue Jackets.

"Obviously things were going wrong," Babcock said. "It would
have been easy for us to fold, but we didn't. We scored and got it
started, and we went from there."

Detroit regained the lead with four straight goals -- including
an empty-netter -- in a 7:13 span.

Datsyuk skated around three Blue Jackets players and beat goalie
Fredrik Norrena from the low left circle at 11:24 to make it 4-4.

"Nobody held me up so I kept going to the net, and I shot it,"
Datsyuk said of his ninth of the season.

With Hainsey in the penalty box for hooking, Cleary scored off a
deflection of Lang's screened snap shot from the left circle to
give the Red Wings the lead with 5:19 remaining.

"Playing with Lang has been a great opportunity for me," said
Cleary, who has seven goals and two assists in four games against
Columbus this season. "He keeps getting me the puck all the
time."

Detroit entered the game 0-or-13 the last three games on the
power play.

Datsyuk made it 6-4 4 minutes later, banking a shot from behind
the net off Norrena.

"I tried to flip it out front to see what would happen,"
Datsyuk said. "I was surprised it went in."

Detroit lulled the Blue Jackets to sleep the first half of the
game with dominant puck possession and took a 3-0 lead.

"They played about the best I've ever seen them play in the
first 30 minutes," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said.

But Columbus came to life with two quick strikes in a 1:28 span
late in the second period.

Hainsey threw the puck at the net from the low left circle,
sneaking it through goaltender Chris Osgood to make it 3-1 at
12:32.

Moments later, Vyborny stole the puck and beat Osgood with a
nifty backhand deke to cut the Red Wings' lead to 3-2. Vyborny has
16 points in his last 11 games.

Fritsche and Foote scored power-goals 2:02 apart early in the
third period to give Columbus a 4-3 lead.

"We work that hard to come back from a deficit we have to find
a way to win the game," Foote said.

Cleary opened the scoring at 4:21 of the first period off a pass
from Lang after a Detroit forecheck won the puck.

After a turnover by Blue Jackets defenseman Duvie Westcott, Lang
found Cleary again in the slot for his second goal of the game.

Zetterberg made it 3-0 at 8:45 of the middle period with a chip
shot over a downed Norrena for his 15th. Lebda, zipped a cross-ice
pass to Zetterberg alone in front.

"Things went wrong and we were able battle back," Babcock
said. "We were professional and we played with composure."

Game notes
Detroit D Chris Chelios did not play. He sustained a
lower-body injury Wednesday night against Minnesota. ... Detroit
has played Columbus and Minnesota three times each in its last six
games.