Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/2/13
COLUMBUS, Ohio – One day after questioning his club's "emotional attachment," Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards finally got the performance he wanted. The Blue Jackets fell behind early, but didn't fall apart this time, roaring back behind two goals from center Artem Anisimov to claim a 4-2 win before an announced crowd of 17,612 in Nationwide Arena. Mark Letestu and James Wisniewski, who later left the game following a scary injury, also scored for the Blue Jackets, who had lost six of their previous seven games. Columbus goaltender Steve Mason earned his first win of the season, making 32 saves. The Red Wings, who needed a shootout to beat the Blue Jackets in Nationwide Arena on Jan. 21, seemed to run out of gas as the game moved along. They played in St. Louis on Friday, a 5-3 win. Johan Franzen scored Detroit's only goal at 8:36 of the first period, pouncing on a rebound off a Niklas Kronwall shot and flipping it over Mason's right pad. The Blue Jackets pulled even with 1:43 remaining in the first, when Wisniewski stepped into a pass from Fedor Tyutin and scored through traffic from the blue line. Early in the second, Wisniewski spun around, lost his balance and slammed awkwardly -- back first -- into the corner. He lay face-first on the ice for roughly five minutes before being helped to the dressing room. The Blue Jackets called it an "upper body" injury. Wisniewski did not return to the game. Less than a minute later, the Jackets took a 2-1 lead when Anisimov struck for his first. Positioned near the goal line to the left of Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard, Anisimov wristed a tight-angle shot that sent the water bottle flying behind Howard. The Jackets pushed the lead to 3-1 when Anisimov finished a tic-tac-toe passing display from Jack Johnson and John Moore. Anisimov made a nifty move to get around Howard. Anisimov leads the Blue Jackets with four goals this season. It marked the third two-goal game of his career. The Jackets pushed the lead to 4-1 with their first short-handed goal of the season with 6:35 remaining in the third. Letestu took a pass from Brandon Dubinsky and guided the puck between Howard's pads with Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg chasing him. Detroit's Damie Brunner scored off a faceoff with 26.4 seconds remaining to make it 4-2. NOTES: The Red Wings lost defenseman Brendan Smith with an upper body injury in the first period. He did not return. ... Red Wings defenseman Kent Huskins left Friday's 5-3 win over St. Louis after getting leveled on a clean hit by Blues captain David Backes, but he was back in the lineup last night. ... The Blue Jackets have allowed the game's first goal in seven of the first nine games this season. They've also allowed 11 first-period goals, most in the NHL.
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