Bobrovsky's first shutout paces Jackets to fourth straight win

Rob Mixer  - (@RobMixer) | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Sergei Bobrovsky had 29 saves in his first career shutout, and Cam Atkinson and Nick Foligno took advantage of Detroit giveaways to score goals in leading the suddenly hot Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-0 victory over the Red Wings on Saturday.

Jack Johnson also picked up a power-play goal for the Blue Jackets, who have won four in a row and earned points in their last six.

For a change they didn't work overtime. They had gone to extra time in their previous five games.

Bobrovsky, acquired in a trade with Philadelphia last summer, picked up his first career shutout in his 99th NHL game and 16th with Columbus. He was at his best in the third period, stopping difficult shots by Niklas Kronwall, Drew Miller and Pavel Datsyuk.

The Blue Jackets improved to 3-0-1 against the Red Wings this season.

Already ahead 1-0, the Blue Jackets took a three-goal lead - with help from the Red Wings in each case - by scoring twice in a span of 83 seconds in the second period.

After Datsyuk was penalized for delay of game, R.J. Umberger dug the puck off the wall to get it to Derick Brassard, who skated to the high slot and left a drop pass for Johnson. The University of Michigan grad's hard one-timer from the top of the right circle was his third of the year.

Before the crowd of 17,957 - with a liberal sprinkling of Red Wings fans - really settled down, it was 3-0.

In a scene similar to what took place in the first period, Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey mishandled a puck along the back boards, with a pass glancing off his right skate. Ryan Johansen collected it and whipped a quick pass to Foligno at the right doorstep, who jammed it in to become the third Blue Jackets player to score his third goal on the day.

The Blue Jackets took advantage of an ugly turnover by Kronwall to open the scoring.

Kronwall was behind his own net when his clearing pass was intercepted by Matt Calvert. Calvert circled and fed Atkinson who was all alone crashing the net.

Jonas Gustavsson got a rare start in place of Jimmy Howard for the Red Wings. Gustavsson, who made 21 saves, was playing in only his fourth game this season.

The Red Wings' power-plays away from home continued. They were 0 for 3 with a man advantage.

According to STATS, the Red Wings' streak of futility on the road power play is the fourth-worst to start a season since 1987-88. The Minnesota Wild, in their inaugural season in 2000-2001, failed to score on their first 47 power plays. The Atlanta Thrashers were 0 for 42 in 2001-2 and the New York Rangers in 1999-2000 were 0 for 39.

NOTES: Columbus was playing its first game since losing RW Derek Dorsett (broken clavicle) in Thursday night's 2-1 overtime win over Vancouver. ... The Red Wings opened the second half of their schedule. They have only nine home games and 15 on the road. ... Detroit was without C Valterri Filppula (shoulder) for the sixth game in a row. ... The Blue Jackets hadn't won four in a row since March 1-8, 2012. ... The Blue Jackets are perfect on the kill over eight games, stopping all 21 power plays they've faced. They have not allowed a PP goal since Feb. 18 vs. Anaheim.


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Scoring Summary
1st Period
13:46CBJ Cam Atkinson (3) ASST: Matt Calvert (3) 1 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
05:12CBJ PPG - Jack Johnson (3) ASST: Derick Brassard (9), R.J. Umberger (5) 2 - 0 CBJ
06:35CBJ Nick Foligno (3) ASST: Ryan Johansen (5) 3 - 0 CBJ
3rd Period
Three Stars of the Game
Sergei Bobrovsky
Sergei Bobrovsky
SA: 30TOI: 59:45
GA: 0EV: 23-23
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: 1.000SH: 2-2
Nick Foligno
Nick Foligno
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:24
Derick Brassard
Derick Brassard
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:05
Penalty Summary
1st Period
04:55CBJ Adrian Aucoin  Hooking against  Jordin Tootoo
07:33DET Jordin Tootoo  Hi-sticking against  R.J. Umberger
18:40CBJ R.J. Umberger  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
2nd Period
04:20DET Pavel Datsyuk  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
08:50DET Jonathan Ericsson  Holding against  Derick Brassard
14:23DET Brendan Smith  Holding against  Ryan Johansen
17:39CBJ Adrian Aucoin  Holding against  Justin Abdelkader
17:39DET Justin Abdelkader  Diving against  Adrian Aucoin
3rd Period
02:14DET Brian Lashoff  Boarding against  Derek MacKenzie
06:13CBJ Colton Gillies  Tripping against  Tomas Tatar
13:34CBJ Vinny Prospal  Misconduct (10 min)
14:06DET Damien Brunner  Interference against  Cam Atkinson
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/31/6
Faceoff Wins1734
Blocked Shots1210
Penalty Minutes1418
2B. SmithD00-12216:21
4J. KindlD0002017:13
8J. AbdelkaderL0002215:03
11D. ClearyR0000013:44
13P. DatsyukC0002218:21
17P. EavesR00-12012:37
20D. MillerL0001015:00
21T. TatarL00-11010:02
22J. TootooR000029:21
23B. LashoffD0000217:09
24D. BrunnerR00-11212:51
25C. EmmertonC0001014:23
27K. QuinceyD00-12020:19
40H. ZetterbergL00-16017:30
52J. EricssonD00-12222:39
55N. KronwallD00-14026:18
63J. AnderssonC00-10012:28
93J. FranzenR00-12015:16
50J. Gustavsson2124.87560:00
6N. NikitinD0023021:18
7J. JohnsonD1003026:03
9C. GilliesC000128:01
10M. LetestuC0002018:52
11M. CalvertL0111014:20
13C. AtkinsonR1012013:10
16D. BrassardC0101018:05
18R. UmbergerC0111218:25
19R. JohansenC0111017:10
20T. ErixonD0001016:21
22V. ProspalL00001015:43
24D. MacKenzieC0001010:54
33A. AucoinD0000414:21
34N. DrazenovicC0011010:38
40J. BollR0000011:00
47D. ProutD0021014:41
51F. TyutinD0000025:49
71N. FolignoL1015017:24
72S. Bobrovsky30301.00059:45