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After losing Anisimov, Blue Jackets rally past Red Wings

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DETROIT -- The Columbus Blue Jackets didn't quit when they were down 2-0 less than three minutes into the game.

They battled back to tie the contest, and then Vinny Prospal's goal with 24.7 seconds left gave them a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night at Joe Louis Arena.

"From that point on (down 2-0), we started battling and taking it to 'em," said Derek Dorsett, whose assist on Prospal's game-winner gave him a Gordie Howe Hat Trick (a goal, an assist and a fight -- with Detroit's Jordin Tootoo, 3:57 into the game).

The game was delayed when Columbus center Artem Anisimov was taken off the ice, immobilized, on a stretcher 3:48 into the second period.

Anisimov never lost consciousness and was alert and responsive before being taken to the Detroit Medical Center for further evaluation.

"He's alert and stable. He'll be kept in the hospital overnight for observation," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "The plan is right now to send him back to Columbus (on Friday) where he can see our doctors."

R.J. Umberger also scored for Columbus, which snapped a three-game losing streak. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 28 shots for the Blue Jackets (5-10-2).

"We did a good job of sticking with it," Umberger said.

Damien Brunner and Valtteri Filppula scored for Detroit (7-7-3), which is winless in five games. Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard made 21 saves.

"When we got up 2-nothing, we fooled around a little bit," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said.

Prospal finished off a 3-on-2 rush with a spin-a-rama backhand shot past Howard with his back to the Detroit goal after taking a pass from James Wisniewski. It was Prospal's sixth goal of the season. The play started when Brunner fanned on a shot in the Columbus zone and lost the puck.

"We made a good defensive play and were in position, and the puck bounced my way. I did a center drive, we had a 3-on-2," Prospal said. "We played it the way you're supposed to play it. When you have an odd-man rush, it should end up in the net, and for me to score the winning goal was great."

Dorsett tied the game 5:03 into the third period when he put in a rebound for his second goal of the season.

Anisimov was hurt as the players approached the boards behind the Detroit net. Anisimov tripped over Detroit's Ian White, and as Anisimov was falling, White's defense partner Kyle Quincey fell, and Quincey's elbow came down on the back of Anisimov's head.

After the other players skated away from the pile up, Anisimov remained face down on the ice and motionless.

"It shakes you up. It shakes up the team. It's a family member," Richards said. "Without question, it alters you a little bit, but I thought our guys did a good job of refocusing."

Quincey also left the game because of a left leg injury, so the Red Wings finished the night with only five defenseman.

Another injury for Detroit, which already has lost more than 100-man games to injuries this season.

"It doesn't matter. We have some key guys out, but if the rest of us can play the way we want to be playing, we would win a lot more games than what we have," Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "That's no excuse, we have to find a way to play better."

Brunner opened the scoring just 18 seconds into the game when he stuffed a shot past Bobrovsky from the goaltender's right after intercepting a pass by Nick Foligno behind the Columbus net. It was Brunner's eighth goal of the year.

Just 2:22 later, Filppula made it 2-0 with his fourth goal. Brian Lashoff's shot bounced in off Filppula.

Umberger put Columbus on the board with at 4:23 of the first period with a power-play goal. He shoveled a shot past Howard from in front of the net for his second goal of the season.

NOTES: Dorsett didn't have kind words about Tootoo after the game. "Me and (Jonathan) Ericsson were going to fight, we were backing up," said Dorsett, who received the team's award for being the player of the game, a World Wrestling Entertainment championship belt. "Tootoo was being himself and came in swinging, being the cheap player that he is. In my mind, he should have gotten a suspension. Tootoo is a pretty irrelevant player." ... Howard returned after leaving Detroit's 4-3 overtime loss in Nashville on Tuesday night because of blurry vision. ... Columbus right wing Cam Atkinson returned after missing 13 games due to a high ankle sprain. He assisted on Umberger's power-play goal in the first period. ... Red Wings forward Johan Franzen missed his fifth game because of a hip flexor injury. ... Detroit left wing Jan Mursak returned after missing 15 games with a shoulder injury. ... Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson is a native of Ann Arbor and played at the University of Michigan. ... Wisniewski, a defenseman, is from the Detroit-area suburb of Canton and played junior hockey with the suburban-Detroit-based Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League. ... Blue Jackets left wing Foligno's father, Mike, played with the Red Wings from 1979-80 to 1981-82. It was the second game that Nick Foligno has ever played at Joe Louis Arena.
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