Red Wings rebound with shutout over Blue Jackets
Columbus, Ohio — The message evidently got across to the Red Wings.
Coach Mike Babcock wanted to see more out of the Red Wings than he did in Sunday's ugly loss to Montreal.
And Babcock did, as the Red Wings defeated Columbus Tuesday at Nationwide Arena 5-0.
"He wasn't too pleased but I don't think anyone was pleased with what transpired on Sunday," said Jimmy Howard, who earned his first shutout this season with 28 saves. "We all knew we didn't have our 'A' game and over the course of the season those things will happen.
"We did a great job bouncing back."
Some players who have been searching for offense found it.
Tomas Jurco scored his first goal of the season, on a third-period power play. Riley Sheahan added his third goal, shortly after Jurco scored. Darren Helm added only his second goal to cap the scoring.
And Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist (power play) scored, Tatar his sixth of the season (but fifth in the last nine games) and Nyquist scoring his ninth.
Jurco, specifically, getting his first goal after a season-opening 14-game goal-scoring drought was a huge lift.
"That probably took a lot of pressure away when he scored," Howard said. "You could see the relief (on Jurco's face) on the big screen."
Jurco admitted it was a nice feeling to finally see the puck go in the net.
"It's been so long since I scored I couldn't believe it at first," said Jurco, who hadn't scored since April 9 against Pittsburgh last season. "But it was a great feeling and hopefully I broke the bad luck.
"For sure it's going to help me mentally. At times I was getting a little frustrated. But I was trying to stay focused and keep shooting and finally it went in."
The Red Wings (9-4-5, 23 points) opened a three-game road trip with a much needed victory, and move on to play Thursday in Winnipeg.
"You look for that consistency and it was a good challenge for our guys," coach Mike Babcock said.
"We fired a lot of rubber (40 shots on net) and we haven't been shooting like we had been. Tonight we were rewarded.
"We came out and started real good but our power play was real, real dangerous (2-for-5). Our specialty teams were real solid (killed off all three Columbus power plays)."
Columbus (6-11-1, 13 points) saw its two-game win streak end.
Columbus forward Boone Jenner's apparent power-play goal late in the first period was waved off for a distinct kicking motion.
The goal, at 18:18 of the first period, would have tied the game.
"On the original play I thought it was a goal just because there was a bit of a pileup and I didn't see where the puck went," Howard said.
"Next thing, I hear the cannon (signifying a goal) going off. I didn't know it wasn't a goal until they showed it on the big screen and it was a pretty distinct kicking motion."
Instead, shortly after, the momentum turned completely the Red Wings' way.