Detroit 4 Columbus 2 A game against a quality opponent spells defeat for the Blue Jackets. They played the Red Wings tough, but Detroit had too much talent for the young Columbus team. An empty net goal made the margin look wider than the game played, but make no mistake: Detroit controlled this game.
Trevor Letowski opened the scoring by beating Curtis Joseph (playing in his first game since recovering from an ankle sprain) with a neat wrap-around goal. Nikolai Zherdev added a second goal in the second period after a pair of goals by Detroit's Jason Williams. Brett Hull scored mid-way of the third period to provide the game winning goal.
Dennis played even with Joseph, as each goalie made some key stops. Spacek was -2 for the game. Many factors relate to plus/minus differential, but as of late Spacek seems to be on the ice for too many opponent's goals. The team's player with the worst differential? Surprisingly it is point leader Rick Nash with -30. Their best differential is defenseman Anders Ericksson at -1.