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Red Wings open road trip with 4-2 victory in Columbus

Ted Kulfan, The Detroit News on

Published in Hockey

Usually playing a second game in two nights doesn't prove successful for teams.

There's often travel involved, that much hockey in 48 hours (or less) is tough on the body, and things seem to get compounded when you're the road team.

But bring it on, say the Red Wings.

For the third time this season, the Wings went on the road of a back-to-back and came with a victory, Sunday 4-2 over Columbus.

Dominik Kubalik and Lucas Raymond had power play goals, Austin Czarnik opened the scoring, and Andrew Copp had a crucial third period goal, while goaltender Ville Husso, who got both starts over the weekend, stopped 31 shots.

The victory ended a three-game winless streak for the Wings (12-7-5), who opened a four-game road trip.

 

"It starts with the mindset," said Derek Lalonde before the game about the Wings' success in back to back games. "When you travel it is a bit of a challenge and our guys have attacked it. We've talked about having energy and finding a way to have some energy and they've had a good mindset."

Columbus cut the Wings' lead to 3-2 just 1:58 into the third period when Johnny Gaudreau wheeled behind the net and found former Michigan star Kent Johnson near the hashmarks for Johnson's sixth goal.

The Wings appeared to restore the two-goal lead thanks to Dylan Larkin. But Larkin's goal was nixed for the Wings being offsides, keeping the score 3-2 Wings and maintaining all the momentum toward the Blue Jackets.

Copp did regain the two-goal lead, 4-2, though soon after, scoring his third goal on a bad angle shot past goaltender Joonas Korpisalo at 6:08 of the third period.

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