Blue Jackets 4, Red Wings 2

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 02, 2013
Artem Anisimov scored twice in the second period, and Steve Mason stopped 32 shots to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Saturday night. Mark Letestu added a short-handed goal, and James Wisniewski also scored for the Blue Jackets before leaving with an injury after he struck the end boards with his back early in the second period. Fedor Tyutin had two assists. Mason, who earned his first win of the season, overcame an early goal by Johan Franzen. Damien Brunner added his fourth goal in the final seconds. Anisimov was acquired last July in the blockbuster deal that sent captain Rick Nash to the New York Rangers. The Blue Jackets also sent a minor-league defenseman and a conditional third-round pick to the Rangers for Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon and a first-round pick. Anisimov leads the offense-starved Blue Jackets with four goals. The Blue Jackets started the second period on the power play, but they were at their best 5 on 5. Early in the period, Columbus lost Wisniewski. He was chasing the puck when Detroit's Justin Abdelkader made contact with Nick Foligno, who then bumped into Wisniewski. He spun and hit the end boards hard, back first. Wisniewski lay face down on the ice for a couple of minutes before medical personnel helped him turn over and eventually sit up. He was helped off the ice, skating between two teammates. Anisimov got the first goal when Detroit defenseman Nicklas Kronwall tossed a blind pass that Anisimov intercepted. He carried the puck to the right corner, where he eluded Jonathan Ericksson, and then lifted the puck over goalie Jimmy Howard's shoulder. Late in the period, Columbus defenseman John Moore slid a pass to Anisimov as he skated in from the left wing. Anisimov faked and got Howard to commit, then pulled the puck back and backhanded it into the vacant net for his fourth goal of the year. It was Anisimov's first two-goal game since Nov. 11, 2010, when he was playing for the Rangers against Buffalo. He made a run at a hat trick early in the third period, chipping the puck past Kronwall and then swooping in on Howard, who stopped his backhander. Letestu made it 4-1 with a short-handed goal with 6:35 left, taking a lead pass from Dubinsky and sliding the puck between Howard's pads for his third of the season. On Thursday, the Blue Jackets surrendered three goals in the first 14 minutes and were never really in a 4-1 loss to St. Louis. Coach Todd Richards and several players stressed that the club had to get off to a better start. They did eventually against the Red Wings. Detroit got on the board first - making it seven of the first nine games that Columbus gave up the first goal - when Franzen scored his second of the year. Kronwall's blast from the left corner of the blue line got through, perhaps even clipping Franzen's left skate, before Mason blocked it with his right pad. But Franzen was alone to jam in the rebound. Howard made two big stops when the Blue Jackets went on their second power play, one on a slap shot by Vinny Prospal and then blocking Foligno's follow by diving to smother it. But moments later, Tyutin circled the cage and fed Wisniewski for a hard drive from the point. NOTES: Columbus goalies Mason and Sergei Bobrovsky each came in with a 2.97 goals-against average. ... Howard played in his 200th NHL game for the Red Wings. ... Wisniewski's goal stretched his point streak to four games (1-3-4). ... Two Wings had birthdays: Todd Bertuzzi turned 38, and Jordin Tootoo is 30. Tootoo, who wears No. 22, was born on 2/2.
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