Columbus, Ohio – The road trip didn’t turn out well for the Red Wings, but it’s fair to say it was good.
The Red Wings ended a four-game road trip Saturday with a 6-1 win over the injury-depleted Columbus Blue Jackets.
“Great” is probably six or more out of eight points. The Wings are 2-1-1 on the road, picking up five points with wins over San Jose (Thursday) and Columbus.
The Wings will take this result with gusto, considering their four-game winless streak ended with a loss to Los Angeles and an overtime loss to Anaheim.
Filip Hronek helped the Wings to a 1-1 tie with two goals, both in the second period Saturday, to continue a season that quickly became legit.
Columbus tied the score on Emil Bemstrom’s goal just 43 seconds into the second period. But when Columbus defenseman Markus Björk made an ill-advised pass into the slot, Hronek kept his wings in front and fired a shot past goaltender Jonas Korpisalo at 6 minutes, 35 seconds.
Ben Chiarot’s second goal of the season made it 3-1 at 10:45 with Hronek’s second goal of the game and fourth of the season to make it 4-1. At point 19:17.
Dylan Larkin, who continued his fine season, opened the scoring for the Wings in the first period with a power play goal (Larkin’s eighth goal, also adding two assists). Dominic Kubalik’s power play goal was Kubalik’s team-leading ninth goal of the third period. Tyler Bertuzzi scored the first goal.
Box Score: Red Wings 6, Blue Jackets 1
Moritz Seider, who played in his 100th NHL game, had three assists.
Goaltender Ville Husso won the seventh game (7-2-3) and made 26 saves. Husso was particularly important in the first half, saving balls in time, keeping the wings in front, or tied them up until they were controlled.