DETROIT -- To paraphrase the old saying, reports of the demise of the Red Wings' power play were greatly exaggerated.
True, starting the season 0-18 with the man advantage was not what they had in mind, but as coach Mike Babcock said after the game, it was "just a matter of time."
Division rival Columbus obliged the Wings by putting them on the power play four times and the Wings cashed in on three of those to take a 5-2 victory Friday night at Joe Louis Arena.
The Wings improved to 5-0, their best start since 1972-73, when they started 6-0. Conversely, the Blue Jackets remained winless at 0-6-1.
Of course, Babcock found areas where the Wings need to improve.
"I don't think it was close to being one of our better games," Babcock said. "We weren't as good with the puck as we normally are. We knew after some time off we'd be a little bit rusty but I thought Columbus gave us some trouble."
Johan Franzen, who had the Wings' only power-play goal this season in overtime at Minnesota...