Blue Jackets push win streak to four with shutout | Saturday, 03.09.2013 / 8:27 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are making a midseason push in the Western Conference, and it continued Saturday afternoon against the Detroit Red Wings.

Cam Atkinson had a goal early, then Jack Johnson and Nick Foligno scored 1:23 apart in the second period as the Blue Jackets cruised to a 3-0 victory at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

The Blue Jackets clinched the season series against the Red Wings for the first time in franchise history.

The win extended the Blue Jackets' points streak to six games (4-0-2) and pulled them out of the Western Conference basement, a place they had occupied since Feb. 15. The Blue Jackets are within four points of eighth place in the West, although they have played more games than the teams they are chasing.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves for the Blue Jackets for his and the team's fourth straight victory.

"He looked really in control," Columbus coach Todd Richards said. "There weren't too many loose pucks. Pucks were hitting him and sticking to him. When that happens, you know the goalie is really on top of his game."

Columbus is 3-0-1 this season against Detroit.

"We just play the game that they don't want to play," Derick Brassard said.

Jonas Gustavsson stopped 21 shots for the Red Wings, who absorbed their second regulation loss in their past eight games (5-2-1).

The teams will conclude a home-and-home series in Detroit on Sunday.

Detroit went 0-for-3 on the power play and is 0-for-36 on the road with a man advantage.

According to STATS, the Red Wings' streak of futility on the road power play is the fourth-worst to start a season since 1987-88. The Minnesota Wild, in their inaugural season in 2000-2001, failed to score on their first 47 power plays. The Atlanta Thrashers were 0-for-42 in 2001-12 and the New York Rangers were 0-for-39 in 1999-2000.

"I don't know what to say anymore," Pavel Datsyuk said when asked about the drought.

Atkinson's third goal of the season was the result of a great defensive play behind the Red Wings net by Matt Calvert. Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall attempted to make a pass, but Calvert intercepted it, brought it to the front and fed Atkinson for the goal at 13:46 of the first period.

Datsyuk was whistled for a delay of game penalty at 4:20 of the second period, and it took Johnson 52 seconds to make him pay. Brassard dashed through the slot and dropped a pass to Johnson, who ripped a shot past Gustavsson to make it 2-0.

Columbus made it 3-0 after Detroit again had trouble behind its net. A pass to Kyle Quincey deflected off his skate and right to Ryan Johansen, who quickly fed Foligno in front of the net for the quick shot and goal.

"I don't know if it's mistakes or it's something else," Gustavsson said. "I just try to worry about my own game. Mistakes can happen. I'm one of the guys who's supposed to help the guys when that happens."

Material from wire services was used in this report

Scoring Summary
1st Period
13:46CBJ Cam Atkinson (3) ASST: Matt Calvert (3) 1 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
05:12CBJ PPG - Jack Johnson (3) ASST: Derick Brassard (9), R.J. Umberger (5) 2 - 0 CBJ
06:35CBJ Nick Foligno (3) ASST: Ryan Johansen (5) 3 - 0 CBJ
3rd Period
Three Stars of the Game
Sergei Bobrovsky
Sergei Bobrovsky
SA: 30TOI: 59:45
GA: 0EV: 23-23
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: 1.000SH: 2-2
Nick Foligno
Nick Foligno
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:24
Derick Brassard
Derick Brassard
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:05
Penalty Summary
1st Period
04:55CBJ Adrian Aucoin  Hooking against  Jordin Tootoo
07:33DET Jordin Tootoo  Hi-sticking against  R.J. Umberger
18:40CBJ R.J. Umberger  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
2nd Period
04:20DET Pavel Datsyuk  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
08:50DET Jonathan Ericsson  Holding against  Derick Brassard
14:23DET Brendan Smith  Holding against  Ryan Johansen
17:39CBJ Adrian Aucoin  Holding against  Justin Abdelkader
17:39DET Justin Abdelkader  Diving against  Adrian Aucoin
3rd Period
02:14DET Brian Lashoff  Boarding against  Derek MacKenzie
06:13CBJ Colton Gillies  Tripping against  Tomas Tatar
13:34CBJ Vinny Prospal  Misconduct (10 min)
14:06DET Damien Brunner  Interference against  Cam Atkinson
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/31/6
Faceoff Wins1734
Blocked Shots1210
Penalty Minutes1418
2B. SmithD00-12216:21
4J. KindlD0002017:13
8J. AbdelkaderL0002215:03
11D. ClearyR0000013:44
13P. DatsyukC0002218:21
17P. EavesR00-12012:37
20D. MillerL0001015:00
21T. TatarL00-11010:02
22J. TootooR000029:21
23B. LashoffD0000217:09
24D. BrunnerR00-11212:51
25C. EmmertonC0001014:23
27K. QuinceyD00-12020:19
40H. ZetterbergL00-16017:30
52J. EricssonD00-12222:39
55N. KronwallD00-14026:18
63J. AnderssonC00-10012:28
93J. FranzenR00-12015:16
50J. Gustavsson2124.87560:00
6N. NikitinD0023021:18
7J. JohnsonD1003026:03
9C. GilliesC000128:01
10M. LetestuC0002018:52
11M. CalvertL0111014:20
13C. AtkinsonR1012013:10
16D. BrassardC0101018:05
18R. UmbergerC0111218:25
19R. JohansenC0111017:10
20T. ErixonD0001016:21
22V. ProspalL00001015:43
24D. MacKenzieC0001010:54
33A. AucoinD0000414:21
34N. DrazenovicC0011010:38
40J. BollR0000011:00
47D. ProutD0021014:41
51F. TyutinD0000025:49
71N. FolignoL1015017:24
72S. Bobrovsky30301.00059:45