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By Tim Lucarelli (@tlucarelli)
Entering last night’s matchup, the Columbus Blue Jackets were 1-3-1 all time on Groundhog Day, and more specifically, 0-3-0 when Buckeye Chuck predicted an early spring. Although Buckeye Chuck once again predicted an early spring, the Blue Jackets put forth what was likely their strongest 60 minutes of hockey thus far this season and defeated the Red Wings 4-2.
The Red Wings took an early 1-0 lead, but James Wisniewski evened the score with a rocket from the point on a Columbus power-play late in the first. With nine seconds left to play in the first period, Detroit defenseman Kent Huskins took a cross-checking penalty, opening the door for Columbus to carry the momentum into the second.
Instead, the momentum appeared to be halted on the ensuing power-play as the crowd stood in silence after James Wisniewski took a scary fall into the boards. Coach Todd Richards confirmed in the post-game press conference that Wisn...