The Detroit Red Wings are stocked with great veterans. Yet it was a Swiss rookie and a kid playing his first NHL game who helped them avoid an 0-2 start.
Damien Brunner scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lead the Red Wings to a 4-3 victory over Columbus on Monday night before 19,206, the largest regular-season crowd at Nationwide Arena in the Blue Jackets' 11-plus seasons.
''I felt good. I've been in a lot of shootouts in Switzerland for the National Team,'' Brunner said. ''So I just went in and tried to stay cool. Luckily, it went in.''
Brian Lashoff arrived just before the game and scored in his NHL debut and fellow defenseman Ian White also had a goal for Detroit, which finally ended a shutout streak of 81:11 that included a humiliating 6-0 loss in its opener on Saturday night in St. Louis.
''We got a great game out of Lashoff,'' Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said of the late replacement for Johnathan Ericsson,...