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Blue Jackets stay hot in shootout win over Red Wings

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DETROIT -- The Columbus Blue Jackets completed a weekend sweep of the Detroit Red Wings and a season series with no regulation losses to their Central Division rivals.

Ryan Johansen and Matt Calvert scored in in the shootout to give Columbus a 3-2 win over Detroit at Joe Louis Arena on Sunday.

Derick Brassard and R.J. Umberger scored in regulation for Columbus (10-12-4), which won its fifth straight and beat the Red Wings 3-0 in Columbus on Saturday afternoon. Sergei Bobrovsky made 20 saves.

Four of the five wins in their streak have come either in overtime or a shootout.

"Guys are working really hard," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "They earned all the points that we've gotten over the past six-seven games or whatever it is."

Columbus finishes the season 4-0-1 against Detroit.

"They've been giving it to us. It's great to come back strong," Brassard said.

It will be the last division game the two teams play if the NHL Board of Governors vote in the realignment plan that was approved by the NHL Players Association this past week, as they are expected to do, that would move both Detroit and Columbus to the Eastern Conference, but in different divisions.

The Blue Jackets are full of confidence.

"Just playing our game. They've got a lot of talent over there," Calvert said. "But if we can get the puck deep and make them make mistakes, we can beat them."

Jakub Kindl and Johan Franzen got the goals for Detroit (12-9-5) in the first 60 minutes. Jimmy Howard stopped 19 shots. Pavel Datsyuk scored in the shootout.

"I didn't think we competed hard enough in Game 1, for sure. I thought we competed better here today," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "We struggled to move the puck early in the game. We got better as time went on. We scored a big power-play goal and had a chance to get another one. Didn't do it ... In the end we didn't get enough points on the weekend.''

Franzen's fifth goal tied the game 2-2, with a 5-on-3 power-play goal just 25 seconds into the third period. He put in a snap shot from the slot off a pass from Damien Brunner. Johansen was in the penalty box for slashing and then Umberger handled the puck with his hand on the ensuing face-off. Both penalties came with 23.3 seconds left in the second period.

"If you give them with their skill players, that much time on a 5-on-3, they're going to capitalize," said Johansen.

The Blue Jackets led 2-1 after two periods.

The first three goals of the game were scored in a 1:15 span early in the second period.

Brassard scored 3:10 into the middle period when he beat Howard with a slap shot from the top of the right circle for Brassard's fourth goal. Kindl tied it just 30 seconds later with his third goal, when he beat Bobrovsky from just above the high slot with a slap shot.

Umberger capitalized on Henrik Zetterberg's turnover and ripped a slapper past Howard from the top of the right circle to give Columbus the lead. It was Umberger's fifth goal.

Columbus out-shot Detroit 6-4 in the first period, in which the Blue Jackets continued effectively forechecking the Red Wings in the Detroit zone. That was a major component of Columbus' 3-0 win on Saturday.

"It's pretty hard to play here, especially back-to-back," Brassard said. "We just had to find a way to get off to a good start. That was the key to the game, the first 10 minutes."

NOTES: Columbus right wing Derek Dorsett, who was ruled out for the season after suffering a broken clavicle on Thursday night, reportedly said he has not discounted returning this season. "You never know," Dorsett told the Columbus Dispatch. "Some people heal quicker. It's a six-to-eight week thing, but we'll see how it goes." ... Detroit defenseman Ian White returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the previous six games. Rookie defenseman Brian Lashoff was a healthy scratch on Sunday. ... Columbus center Artem Anisimov missed his second game with a lower-body injury. ... Detroit forward Valtteri Filppula missed his seventh game with a shoulder injury.
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