HOCKEY

Red Wings throttle Blue Jackets, 6-1

In Columbus, the Detroit Red Wings’  Ville Husso made 27 saves  in a 6-1 win over the Blue Jackets on Saturday.

The Red Wings went 2-1-1 on their roadie.

“We’re really happy,” Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde said. “Won the road trip. We got more points than games. Give the guys credit. We were a little flat in the first (period) but we came out of it up 1-0. I’m really happy with the guys the way they responded not only on the road trip but each of the last couple of games.”

Detroit improved to 9-5-4.

“It’s easier always when you’re leading the game,” Husso said. “You don’t need to come from behind and try to win the game. It’s always nice to get that goal in the first.”

Emil Bemstrom was the lone goal scorer for the Blue Jackets.

Columbus dropped to 6-10-1.

“The turnovers in the second period were glaring,” Columbus coach Brad Larsen said. “First period we were fine, managing it well, playing the goal lines, getting some [offensive] zone time.

“Then we’re trying to force plays. We talked about it — ‘Can’t do it. Can’t do it. Can’t do it.’ Kept trying to do it. That’s what happens.”

Detroit took a 1-0 on a power play strike by Dylan Larkin in the first period.

Bemstrom tied it, 1-1, with 43 seconds of fresh ice used in the middle frame.

“We just put ourselves in that spot with too many turnovers and poor execution,” said Columbus’ Boone Jenner. “Give up too much and they are going to capitalize.

“We were kind of feeding into their game by turnovers here and there and not getting to our strengths. They are going to feed off [it] and they did, and they were able to capitalize.”

Filip Hronek scored the first of his two goals of the second period to make it 2-1.

“We’ve gotten used to our forwards [scoring], which is nice, and we want to be involved, we want to join,” Detroit’s Moritz Seider said. “Good things will happen if we follow up the way, and that’s what happened today.”

Ben Chariot made it 3-1, and Hronek  added his second for a 4-1 count headed to the third period.

Dominik Kubalik scored off the power play early in the third period for a 5-1 lead, and Tyler Bertuzzi scored near the midway point of the third for the 6-1 final.

Joonas Korpisalo made 31 saves in the Blue Jackets loss.

 



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