The Red Wings' winless streak has reached five games. The Wings surrendered a two-goal lead for the third time in that stretch. It took 18 seconds for the Wings to open the scoring and 2:40 to gain a two-goal cushion. But the Wings went on to lose, 3-2, to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday at Joe Louis Arena. The Blue Jackets came back with a power-play goal in the first period and a pair of goals in the third period, including Vinny Prospal's game-winner at 19:35. "I thought we started good," said Wings coach Mike Babcock. "I didn't like our second period in particular. I didn't even mind our third period, but the bottom line is we gave up two goals in the third period and we lost. "We had to win here. It's just one of those games. You just gotta win. You gotta find a way to win home games, and now we've got two points out of a possible 10, and any way you look at it, that's a slippery slope. We can make all the excuses we want for ourselves. The bottom line is we had to find a way to win tonight." Derek Dorsett, who fought Jordin Tootoo in the first period, scored the tying goal at 5:03 of the third period for the Blue Jackets. Dorsett knocked in a rebound after a defensive zone giveaway by Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg. Dorsett assisted on the winning goal. The Blue Jackets caught the Wings on a 3-on-2. Prospal scored on the backhand on a nice pass from James Wisniewski. The Wings failed to score on back-to-back power play chances in the third period, which included a nine-second 5-on-3.
Red Wings waste another 2-goal lead as slump continues
Detroit Free Press | Feb 22