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Blue Jackets 3, Red Wings 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Blue Jackets 3, Red Wings 0
Columbus Blue Jackets 3, Detroit Red Wings 0

DETROIT (AP) - Steve Mason flashed his Calder Trophy-winning form of two years ago on Friday night.

Mason made 34 saves for his 17th career shutout to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

It was Mason's second shutout of the season and third against Detroit. He was voted the NHL's top rookie in 2008-09 and finished second in the balloting for the Vezina Trophy, which goes to the NHL's top goaltender. But his numbers haven't been nearly as good since.

"He looked big and he looked comfortable," Columbus coach Scott Arniel said of Mason.

Antoine Vermette and Andrew Murray each had a goal and an assist, and Jared Boll also scored for Columbus.

"For him to get the shutout tonight, a great feeling for him and us," said Murray, who scored into an empty net with 1:12 remaining.

Mason said the Blue Jackets played great defensively in front of him.

"Our backcheck, especially in the third period, did a good job and took away their forecheck," he said "And that took away the momentum they were trying to build."

Jimmy Howard stopped 21 shots for the Red Wings.

"Just (not) executing. Not making plays," said Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom. "Whether it's a pass on a breakout the way we wanted to, we just didn't execute well at all."

Vermette's 12th goal opened the scoring with 7:51 left in the first period. He beat Howard with a one-time slap shot from the high slot as Vermette came off the bench.

"I never saw the pass (from Matt Calvert). All I did was hear the shot," Howard said. "In that situation, you're in trouble if you can't see it."

Rick Nash's apparent goal with 6:39 left in the first was waved off because of a goaltender interference penalty to Derick Brassard.

Boll made it 2-0 with 7:49 left in the second period when he put in a one-timer from the low slot for his sixth goal. Murray set up Boll from behind the net.

Columbus killed off a 1:06 two-man Detroit advantage late in the second period.

"A good penalty kill starts with goaltending," Arneil said. "From there we blocked some shots and limited their chances down low."

Lidstrom talked about the Red wings' missed opportunity.

"We had the 5-on-3, didn't excute," he said. "A goal would have gotten us back into the game."

Notes: Detroit C Pavel Datsyuk (broken bone in his right hand) and RW Tomas Holmstrom (broken right hand) remained out. It's possible that both may return Saturday night in Nashville. Datsyuk has missed 18 games and Holmstrom seven. ... Columbus D Rostislav Klesla missed his third game with a lower-body injury. ... Boll played junior hockey with the Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers, who are based in suburban Detroit. ... It was the Blue Jackets' first ever shutout in Detroit. ... Columbus F Kristian Huselius was a healthy scratch.

scoring summary
1st Period
Antoine Vermette (12) ASST: Matt Calvert (2), R.J. Umberger (17)
1 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
Jared Boll (6) ASST: Andrew Murray (4), Derek MacKenzie (6)
2 - 0 CBJ
3rd Period
EN - Andrew Murray (4) ASST: Antoine Vermette (17), Jan Hejda (9)
3 - 0 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
Jiri Hudler  Holding against  R.J. Umberger
R.J. Umberger  Interference against  Ruslan Salei
Derick Brassard  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jimmy Howard
2nd Period
Derek MacKenzie  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jimmy Howard
Todd Bertuzzi  Interference on goalkeeper against  Steve Mason
Johan Franzen  Hooking against  Matt Calvert
Antoine Vermette  Tripping against  Todd Bertuzzi
Jan Hejda  Boarding against  Todd Bertuzzi
3rd Period
Grant Clitsome  Tripping against  Justin Abdelkader
goalie stats
Steve Mason
Steve Mason
SA: 34TOI: 59:59
Saves: 34EV: 24 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1
Jimmy Howard
Jimmy Howard
SA: 23TOI: 58:55
Saves: 21EV: 12 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .913SH: 1 - 1
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