Midway through the third period yesterday, Detroit Red Wings fans began filing en masse out of Nationwide Arena under taunts from Blue Jackets fans, who must make the most of such rare opportunities.
But the game took a truly bizarre and memorable twist when the taunting started taking place on the ice. The Blue Jackets were well on their way to a 3-0 win before 17,957 when a scrum formed in front of the Red Wings net. Emerging from the skirmish, still barking, were Blue Jackets forward Vinny Prospal and Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader.
As the two pulled away, Prospal went to the oldest of sports taunts — scoreboard — when he pointed Abdelkader’s attention to the ceiling, drawing a 10-minute game misconduct for unsportsmanlike behavior. After the game, the Blue Jackets tried to steer comments to their solid play of late, and with good reason.
Cam Atkinson, Jack Johnson and Nick Foligno scored, and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had the first shutout of his NHL career, a 30-save masterpiece. The Blue Jackets have won four straight, earned points in six straight games and secured a season series win (3-0-1) over the Red Wings for the first time in franchise history.
Surging Jackets show brash side
Columbus Dispatch | Mar 10