Rematch In Detroit
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings took to the ice once again January 19th at Little Caesars Arena. The same two teams squared off the day prior, the Blue Jackets collecting the victory, 3-2. Goaltenders Jonathan Bernier and Elvis Merzlikins slated to start for their respective squads.
Tightly Contested First
The two teams spent much of the first period in a defensive battle. Both playing somewhat of a chip and chase style of play, neither team could sustain much offensive pressure. The Blue Jackets and Red Wings headed to their dressing rooms after 20 minutes, still tied where they started, 0-0.
Quick Strike Offense
The 2nd period featured a much faster pace and allowed the teams higher danger scoring chances. Boone Jenner capitalized on his chance, sending a shot bar down and into the cage past Bernier, giving the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead. Not even two minutes after the Blue Jacket score, Anthony Mantha answered on the power play. Mantha picked up a juicy rebound and sent it past a sprawling merzlikins, Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi picking up assists. Bobby Ryan kept his goal scoring streak alive, while giving the Red Wings their first lead of the game. John Merrill had a shot from the point blocked, finding its way right onto Ryan’s stick who buried his fourth of the season.
Resilient Red Wings
Liam Foudy knotted the game at 2, just over 5 minutes into the 3rd. An Alexandre Texier shot attempt banked off of Foudy in front, who gained an inside position of the Red Wings defense. Much of the remaining frame featured both teams goaltenders, making critical stops. With neither group able to find the back of the net again in regulation, the game would head to overtime. Larkin, Bertuzzi, and Filip Hronek took to the ice to start the 3 on 3 showdown. It took the Red Wings just 15 seconds to end the overtime session. Dylan Larkin sent a shot in towards the goal, finding its way off of Bertuzzi and into the net. Red Wings win 3-2 in overtime.
The Red Wings improved to 2-2 on the season, the Blue Jackets falling to 1-3. The Red Wings will enjoy the next few days off, before heading to Chicago to take on the Blackhawks for two games. The Blackhawks will host the Red Wings first Friday January 22nd followed by Sunday January 24th.