DETROIT (AP) — Tomas Holmstrom and Pavel Datsyuk each had a goal and an assist and the Detroit Red Wings held off the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Thursday night for their season-high seventh straight victory.
Todd Bertuzzi also scored, and Jimmy Howard made 20 saves for Detroit, 14-2-1 in its last 17 games. Andrew Murray and R.J. Umberger scored for Columbus and Steve Mason stopped 29 shots.
Datsyuk's power-play goal gave Detroit a 2-1 lead 8:08 into the second period. He beat Mason with a wrist shot from the slot after stickhandling from the right circle, leaving defenseman Mike Commodore sprawled on the ice. It was Datsyuk's 25th goal.
Bertuzzi made it 3-1 1:13 into the third period. Henrik Zetterberg's pass went in off the skate of Bertuzzi, who was skating through the crease. It was originally ruled no goal because of an apparent kicking motion. But it went to video replay and the call was reversed for Bertuzzi's 18th goal.
Umberger's goal came with 1:13 left on a power play and with the Blue Jackets playing 6-on-4, after pulling Mason. Umberger tipped in Fedor Tyutin's shot from the point for his 22nd goal.
Holmstrom opened the scoring 2:21 into the game when he jammed one in from alongside the net for his 22nd goal.
Murray tied it with 7:09 left in the period. Be beat Howard from below the left circle after Derek Dorsett broke up Howard's pass attempt. It was Murray's fifth goal.
NOTES: Detroit RW Dan Cleary missed his third game with a sore groin. ... Howard was the NHL Rookie of the Month for March. It also was his 24th consecutive start, the most successive starts by a Detroit rookie goalie since Glenn Hall started all 70 games in 1955-56. The stretch also is the most consecutive games started by any Detroit goalie since Tim Cheveldae's 29 in 1991-92. ... Mason was down in the crease for about a minute, with 9:13 left, after getting hit in the face area by Bertuzzi's stick as Bertuzzi was trying to swat the puck out of the air.