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Detroit Red Wings rebound, show resolve in 3-1 victory over Columbus Blue Jackets

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Detroit – This was a different looking Red Wings team on Saturday afternoon, and ultimately a better one.

Especially better than in the last seven days, when the Wings defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 and ended a loss of three games.

Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) misplayed the puck in the second half in front of goalkeeper Elvis Merzlikins (90) of Columbus Blue Jackets.

Especially after Thursday’s ugly defeat in Nashville, the Wings were anxious to revise and then play off the Blue Jackets, and that is exactly what the Wings did.

“I like our group of boys, our boys take care of it,” said coach Jeff Blashill. “They were embarrassed in Nashville and they showed up yesterday (Friday) and peeled off their tails and showed up today and peeled off their tails and we have to show up and work our tails off tomorrow.”

The Wings dominated the first half, shooting 16-5 against Columbus and taking a 2-0 lead when Adam Erne and Robby Fabbri were 29 seconds apart in the first half.

Anthony Mantha made it 3-1 at 4:42 of the third period and gave the Wings insurance.

Goalkeeper Calvin Pickard, who took the place of Thomas Greiss (and the injured Jonathan Bernier), won his first Red Wing victory with 21 saves and his first NHL victory since November 23, 2018 (as Pickard in the Philadelphia Flyers was)).

“We weren’t particularly enthusiastic about our game in Nashville and we had tough training yesterday,” said Pickard, who has spent most of this season as the third goalkeeper in the taxi squad. “Everyone wanted to jump back today and we came out flying.

“We had a great first phase that set the tone and played a full 60 (minutes) very well.”

Pickard noticed the determination and determination of the wings during the intense practice on Friday that was a candidate for the toughest wings of the season.

The intensity carried over to the game on Saturday.

“It started with training, we had a tough training session on Friday and we came to the rink today and it was all business,” Pickard said. “We wanted to jump back and start finishing, we did it.”

Pickard appeared to be gaining confidence as the game progressed and had several key saves in the third phase, including pushing away a Seth Jones one-timer by just under seven minutes to keep the wings leading by two goals.

“Picks played well, he did a really good job,” said Blashill. “Our boys really like him. He’s one of the better guys I’ve seen in my career. He’s a great guy, has worked really hard in a difficult situation and is the third goalkeeper of the year. The boys have a lot of respect for him them.” him.”

The wings dominated the first 20 minutes and took control of the game early on. They clearly looked like the hungrier and desperate team, and it turned out to be beneficial.

Pickard only had to make five saves during this period as the wings apparently had the puck the whole time but were enjoying the view.

“Every goalkeeper has played these kinds of periods,” Pickard said. “You have to stay in and I’ll play the puck so I’m in a little bit more. You just have to navigate through, you’re getting a call any moment and you have to make sure you’re ‘I’m ready for this.

“It was nice to sit back in the first phase and see an absolute clinic. It was fun to see them.”

BOX SCORE: Red Wings 3, Blue Jackets 1

The Wings (11-20-4) and Columbus (13-14-8) end the two-game series with another start at 3 p.m. on Sunday at LCA.

Nick Foligno scored for the Blue Jackets, who have not won three games (0-2-1) and desperately need points to stay in the playoffs.

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