The Columbus Blue Jackets have recorded their first win of the current National Hockey League (NHL) season by beating Detroit Red Wings 4-1.
Ryan Johansen registered the first goal of his career as James Wisniewski made his debut for the Columbus after eight match suspension as they overpowered the Red Wings convincingly. The Rookie Johansen had also added an assist.
Wisniewski had been handed over suspension for eight preseason matches because of a hit to the head of Cal Clutterbuck – the Minnesota forward – in an exhibition match. On his return Wisniewski said he was keen to get back into the side and make his contribution.
"It felt pretty good," he said with a grin about finally getting on the ice. "I was happy with the way I moved the puck out of my own zone."
From beginning the Blue Jackets look impressive and piled on the pressure on the Detroit Wings. They looked like a lineup that has entered the field in hunt for the victory. They were soon rewarded with an opportunity to score goal on a rebound by RJ Umberger.
"I don't think anyone in that dressing room has been through the three weeks of hell we just went through," Columbus coach Scott Arniel said. "The psychologial, the emotional, everything that came with it. It was a lot of baggage."
The first period had some memorable moments of the season for the Blue Jackets. Darren Helm guided a puck into the net to register his first goal of the season. He was given a pass from Justin Abdelkader who took advantage of Todd Betuzzi. The Blue Jackets
ended the first period with one goal up after Johansen banged the puck in during power play.
Despite that the Wings had managed to kill off a power play in the first period to keep the score relatively close to 2-1. They however fail to maintain the advantage minutes later and the Columbus Blue Jacket extended their lead to two goals to make it
3-1. The third goal for the Blue Jackets came from John Moore. He put a shot from the boards into the net to record his first NHL goal of the season.
Third period again was dominated by the Blue Jackets. The Wings despite managing to kill three penalties couldn't convert a power play with almost two minutes to go to closure of the game.