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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets knew their power play futility could not last forever, but it sure felt as if it already had.

Centers Ryan Johansen and Brandon Dubinsky scored power play goals and right winger Cam Atkinson added the winner early in the third period, leading the Blue Jackets to a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night before 15,103 in Nationwide Arena.

Johansen's goal, only 1:35 into the game, ended an 0-for-36 power play drought by the Blue Jackets that dated 10 games to March 4, the day before the NHL trade deadline.

Johansen also scored an empty-net goal with 5.4 seconds remaining to cap the scoring.

The Red Wings got two more goals from center Gustav Nyquist, who has nine in his last six games.

Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski had two assists.

Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky started the game but left with the flu after making nine saves in the first period. Goaltender Curtis McElhinney came on in relief of Bobrovsky and made 21 saves in the final two periods.

Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard had 24 saves.

The Red Wings put the Blue Jackets on the power play only 42 seconds into the game, which has been a low-risk proposition for opponents for almost a month now.

This time, the Jackets cashed in, thanks to a superlative effort by Johansen, who has had a breakout season.

Johansen skated through the right circle, fired the puck off Howard's left skate and then buried the puck off his own rebound.

The Jackets pushed the lead to 2-0 at 12:46, again with a power play goal. This one was actually scored by Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser, who inadvertently tipped in a puck across the slot from Dubinsky.

The Red Wings made it 2-1 later in the first period when Nyquist scored off a behind-the-back feed from center Thomas Tatar in front of the net.

The Wings made it 2-2 at 10:58 of the second period on Nyquist's second goal of the game. It was scored off a rush, with Tatar's initial shot shooting off McElhinney, glancing off Nyquist's skate and then Johansen's before the momentum of the play carried the puck into the net.

Even the winning goal was not routine or clean.

Atkinson crashed the net just as Blue Jackets left winger Matt Calvert put a shot on Howard. The rebound lay in the crease, and Atkinson got his stick on it just after he was shoved into the crossbar by Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith, dislodging the net off its moorings.

The goal was immediately called a good goal by NHL referree Chris Rooney, and it was allowed to stand after a brief review from the NHL's video room in Toronto.

The Blue Jackets improved to 7-1-1 in their last night games against the Red Wings, their former Central Division rivals the past 12 seasons.

NOTES: Blue Jackets G Sergei Bobrovsky made his 19th consecutive start for the Blue Jackets. ... Red Wings RW Todd Bertuzzi was back in the lineup after missing one game with an undisclosed affliction. ... Blue Jackets D Nikita Nikitin was a healthy scratch for the first time since November. ... On Saturday, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he sells Columbus to recruits as a city where "really there are no professional sports teams." On Tuesday, he apologized to the Blue Jackets and the Major League Soccer Columbus Crew, saying he misspoke and intended to say there is not an NFL team in Columbus.

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