Blue Jackets defeat Red Wings in shootout for first victory in 10 games


COLUMBUSElvis Merzlikins made six of his 41 saves in overtime to help the Columbus Blue Jackets to their first victory in 10 games, 1-0 in a shootout against the Detroit Red Wings at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.

Merzlikins stopped both shootout attempts for the Blue Jackets (16-25-10). Patrik Laine and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored in the shootout for Columbus.

Thomas Greiss made 33 saves for the Red Wings (17-25-9).

The Blue Jackets were 0-7-2 in their past nine games. They had lost nine straight in a season three other times, most recently Oct. 24-Nov. 11, 2014.

The Blue Jackets’ goal by Oliver Bjorkstrand 1:23 into the game was overturned following a successful challenge by Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill that Eric Robinson was offside.

Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson was denied his 400th NHL point at 2:13 of the third when Greiss saved his shorthanded breakaway.

Red Wings forward Joe Veleno, played 14:59 and had two shots in his NHL debut.

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