Originally posted on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 10/25/11
Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson issued a fatwa against losing hockey on Tuesday afternoon, declaring his 0-7-1 team was "bent, but not broken, and very determined to get back on track." Hours later, they had their first win of the season, 4-1 against the Detroit Red Wings. It was quite a moment in franchise history … Kidding aside, it was an impressive win for the Jackets, and brief moment of redemption for Howson. The guy who got the Blue Jackets going? RJ Umberger, who gave the franchise a 5-year vote of confidence last month with a contract extension. He outworked Brad Stuart and muscled home a goal just 21 seconds into the game. After Darren Helm tied the game at 4:54, Ryan Johansen — the rookie center and a Howson draft pick — did the previously unthinkable for the Blue Jackets, which was score on the power play. In the second period, a seeing-eye knuckle-puck from rookie and Howson draft pick John Moore, that looked like it deflected off of Drew Miller's glove, beat Ty Conklin
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