The Columbus Blue Jackets outlast an offensive explosion in Little Caesars Arena, as the Jackets defeat the Detroit Red Wings 7-5.
In a game that had many Columbus Blue Jackets fans going through a rollercoaster of emotions, the Jackets are able to close the door once again in another close game against their former Western Conference, Central Division rivals.
The Jackets started this game on fire as they jumped to a 3-0 lead after the 1st period. Goals belonging to Pierre-Luc Dubois, Josh Anderson, and Artemi Panarin gave the CBJ the lead. Panarin scored a goal to end his goalless draught, and found the back of the net for the first time in November.
The Red Wings would find the back of the net 44 seconds into the 2nd period to cut the Jackets lead to 3-1. Markus Nutivaara and Boone Jenner then found the back of the net to give the Jackets a 5-1 security blanket that they surely would hold onto.
The Red Wings found their way past Sergei Bobrovsky for three straight goals to have the Jackets shaking in their skates, only leading 5-4.
The Jackets, on a crazy sequence where the refs originally called this off, Pierre-Luc Dubois found the back of the net off a broken play in front of the net to give the CBJ a 6-4 lead. This goal was then reviewed, and challenged for goalie interference, which would go unsuccessful.
Anthony Mantha of the Red Wings would score his second of the evening as Detroit pulled their net-minder Jonathan Bernier. This once again put the Jackets up only one goal with under two minutes remaining. Seth Jones would then score the empty net goal from the Jackets own defensive end to cement the Jackets victory in a nail bitter.
The defense looked very shaky for the most part, and David Savard caused one too many goals. If there is any bright spot, Ryan Murray looked solid out there. A refreshing sight for those who have seen his development since being taken 2nd overall in 2012.
Pierre-Luc Dubois and Artemi Panarin finished the game with 3 points each in a much needed Blue Jackets victory. Josh Anderson had himself a phenomenal and physical game.