The Blue Jackets had one of those nights tonight walking out of Joe Louis Arena after a 2-1 loss to the Red Wings and feeling as if the puck the pipes and hockey gods had conspired against them. Jonas Gustavsson had a little something to do with it too stopping 36 of 37 shots including a rob-job on Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson late in the third period that would have forced a 2-2 tie. But woulda + coulda + shoulda = zero points. The Blue Jackets (2-3-0) dropped their second straight game and lost for the first time on the road this season. Cam Atkinson scored the only goal for the Jackets leaving nothing to chance in the second period by skating the puck the length of the ice evading the only two Red Wings' defenders who seemed to notice what was happening and then ramming in his own rebound past Gustavsson. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 30 of 32 shots. "I thought we deserved a better fate" Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "I thought the guys worked extremely hard did a lot of good things against a really good team. We had opportunities. As a coach it's disappointing because this is where you want your guys to get rewarded for the work they've put in. "If we play like that every night we’re going to win a lot more games than we lose." The Blue Jackets fired 55 pucks at Gustavsson. Ten were blocked five sailed off target and 37 made it to Gustavsson who had been 0-2 vs. the Blue Jackets. At 7:25 of the first Boone Jenner earned perhaps his best scoring chance so far this season when he went hard to the net and took a slick set-up from Mark Letestu in the slot. Gustavsson swallowed Jenner's one-timer however. At 13:18 of the first Jack Johnson's power play slap shot rang off the post. Marian Gaborik was first to the rebound but his attempts sailed just inches wide. "I didn't like our first period" Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said during the second intermission. "I thought we had the better of the play in the first period" Richards said.
Close Doesn't Count
Columbus Dispatch | Oct 16