The Red Wings earned their first victory of the season the hard way.
They lost a third period lead, tied it, then won it in a shootout as Damien Brunner scored the lone shootout goal through four rounds to give the Red Wings a 4-3 victory over the Blue Jackets Monday night.
Brunner used a forehand-backhand-drag move that found a hole past Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.
"I did it a couple of times in Switzerland and normally I get it (the puck) up," Brunner said. "But there was a little hole there."
The Red Wings (1-1-0) play their home opener tonight against the Stars.
The Wings did suffer another injury, though.
Defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo suffered a shoulder injury in the third period and will be out for "weeks" according to coach Mike Babcock.
You don't want to call the second game of a season, even a shortened season, a big game.
But after the ugly loss in St. Louis, the Wings needed two points before returning home.
"We played hard, and we had ample opportunity," Babcock said.
Pavel Datsyuk tied the game at 3 at 13:56 of the third period, converting a nice pass from Niklas Kronwall into a nearly vacant Blue Jackets net.
The goal halted what had been an undisciplined Red Wings run which got Columbus back in the game.
A stretch of three consecutive Red Wings penalties early in the third period led to two Blue Jackets power-play goals and turned a 2-1 Wings lead into a 3-2 deficit.
"We got on the penalty train, and in this day and age in the NHL, every team can put five great players on the power play," Wings goalie Jimmy Howard said. Howard made 30 saves. "You have to keep your foot on the pedal and it was just important for us to get the two points and get that first win."
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