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Wings edge Blue Jackets in shootout, avoid 0-2 start

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Detroit Red Wings were humbled on Saturday, leaving them desperate for a win Monday night in Columbus.

It wasn't pretty, and it wasn't easy. But Damien Brunner's goal in the fourth round of a shootout allowed the Red Wings to escape sold-out Nationwide Arena with a 4-3 victory.

Brunner, appearing in just his second NHL game, crammed the puck between the right pad of Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and the post. The goal was briefly reviewed, but allowed to stand.

"I just went in and tried to stay cool," said Brunner, a soon-to-be 27-year-old who has spent his entire career in Switzerland. "I got lucky that it went in."

The Red Wings, who suffered a 6-0 season-opening loss to St. Louis on Saturday, came out flying and played a much more composed game 48 hours later.

Pavel Datsyuk, Brian Lashoff and Ian White also scored for the Red Wings, while Jimmy Howard had 30 saves. Howard did not allow a goal in the four-round shootout.

"We've got a lot of pride in the room," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "We still think we can be a good hockey team. Our guys did a good job here tonight. We played hard. We had ample opportunities."

The Blue Jackets came back from a 2-0 deficit with goals by Cam Atkinson, James Wisniewski and Vinny Prospal, but couldn't hold a 3-2 lead. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had 39 saves.

Columbus has gone to shootouts in its first two games of the season, winning 3-2 in Nashville on Saturday.

Last night's game, played before a standing-room only crowd of 19,202, was not short of fireworks.

Off the opening faceoff, Red Wings winger Jordin Tootoo and Blue Jackets winger Jared Boll dropped gloves and traded blows, with Boll winning the fight and clapping on his way to the penalty box.

The Wings carried play early, but didn't break through for their first score of the season early in the second.

Lashoff, called up from minor league Grand Rapids after a wave of injuries to the Red Wings defense, scored in his NHL debut on a shot from left circle to make it 1-0.

The lead grew to 2-0 at 14:06 of the second. White found space in the right faceoff circle and one-timed a pass from Johan Franzen, firing the puck just under the crossbar.

"We were too sloppy," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "Some of the credit has to go to Detroit and how they played, but we have to be better than how we played tonight.

"We battled back. Our goalie was great again. If he's not great in the first period, with all of their power play opportunities, we would have been in a real big jam."

Atkinson was sprung by a pass from Ryan Johansen, sneaking behind Red Wings' defenders Kyle Quincey and Brendan Smith at the blue line and finishing his mini-breakaway with a nifty move to beat Howard.

Wisniewski scored a power play goal at 4:24 of the third to tie it, and Prospal gave the Blue Jackets a 3-2 lead at 8:43.

The Jackets could not hold the lead, though. Datsyuk scored off an assist by Niklas Kronwall with 6:04 to play.

NOTES: Add defenseman Jonathan Ericsson to the long and growing list of Red Wings injuries. Ericsson slipped on a puck during practice on Sunday and fell into the boards, suffering a shoulder injury. He's day-to-day. ... Blue Jackets majority owner John P. McConnell addressed the crowd briefly before the club's home opener and apologized for the 119-day NHL owners' lockout. "I'm so very sorry we didn't get the season started earlier," McConnell said, "but we're ready to get it started tonight." ... The Blue Jackets announced the game as a sellout, but they offered two-for-one tickets. ... Columbus has started 2-0 just once in its previous 11 seasons. In 2009-10, the Blue Jackets opened with wins over Minnesota and Vancouver.
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