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Blue Jackets 3, Red Wings 2, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

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Blue Jackets 3, Red Wings 2, OT
Detroit Red Wings 2, Columbus Blue Jackets 3

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -Rick Nash has been through all the bad times with the Columbus Blue Jackets. No one is enjoying the good times more.

Nash's third goal of the game came on a rebound 3:27 into overtime and gave the Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. The win kept the surprising Blue Jackets in the thick of the race for their first playoff berth.

"All the moments have felt real," Nash said after bumping up his scoring total to 22 goals. "We've been on 10-game losing streaks. They've felt pretty real too. This is a lot better."

Nash's goals came short-handed, on the power play and, finally, even strength.

"He, more than anyone, recognizes the opportunity in front of us and he sent the other players a clear message," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He wants to finish the job and make a run for this thing. ... Rick's able to start at a high pace and others are able to tag along. And that's what leaders are able to do."

The Red Wings were without stars Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk, who were forced by the NHL to sit out their first game back after the break for not fulfilling their obligations at the All-Star Game. Henrik Zetterberg didn't play after the second period because of back spasms.

In the overtime, Nash carried the puck into the zone before passing to Fedor Tyutin who tossed a centering pass through the crease to fellow defenseman Mike Commodore. But Commodore could only kick at the puck with his skate and never got a stick on it. It bounced to the right corner of the goal cage where Nash was waiting to jam it in.

"It's special. Everything kind of came together against one of the best teams in the league," Nash said. "To win it in overtime, sudden death, it was definitely one of the more special goals I've scored."

It was the former NHL goal-scoring leader's third career hat trick.

"Well, he's awesome," Commodore said of Nash. "He's a special player. To be his size and with his hands, to be able to protect the puck and turn and make plays - I wish I had a quarter of his talent."

Marian Hossa and Brett Lebda had Detroit's goals.

Commodore finished with two assists for the Blue Jackets, who were returning home after playing nine of 12 on the road. Now they play 15 of their next 24 at home where they are 14-7-1, including winning four of the last five and nine of 11.

Down 1-0 and 2-1, the Blue Jackets pulled even twice in the second period.

The Red Wings were on the power play when Nash got a stick on Derek Meech's pass for Brian Rafalski near the blue line. Nash beat them to the puck and skated in on goaltender Chris Osgood, beating him through the leg pads for the short-handed goal.

"He's a good hockey player. It's kind of like Pav and Z, your best player has got to be your best player. That's why you pay them all the money. If they're not your best players, you don't win," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "I don't think anybody's surprised. Everyone knows Nash is a real good player."

Just 29 seconds later, the Wings counterpunched. The Blue Jackets failed to clear the puck and Lebda made them pay for it when his hard slap shot from the point got past Columbus goaltender Steve Mason, who finished with 21 saves.

Hossa then was called for hooking Nash. The Blue Jackets, last in the league on the power play, wasted little time with Nash taking a pass from Kristian Huselius and, from a hard angle, firing a shot that deflected off Rafalski's stick and popped behind Osgood and into the net to tie it at 2-all.

On the power play, Zetterberg passed to Niklas Kronwall for a one-timer from the point in the opening period. The shot was right of the goal cage but took a big bounce off the back boards - directly to Hossa who was at the right doorstep. He jammed it in for his 23rd of the year.

Mason has had a huge year in goal for the Blue Jackets, helping to transform a bad team into a contender. But he said it's been a treat just to be around Nash, the club's captain.

"He's a world-class player," Mason said. "It's pretty fun watching him every single night, seeing some of the things he does. Tonight was just like any other night for him."

Notes: Zetterberg played in his 400th career game. ... The Blue Jackets have had 14 hat tricks in franchise history. ... Columbus' Manny Malhotra, who had a career-best seven-game points streak end, played in his 600th career game.

scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Marian Hossa (23) ASST: Niklas Kronwall (23), Henrik Zetterberg (26)
1 - 0 DET
2nd Period
SHG - Rick Nash (20) ASST: NONE
1 - 1 Tie
Brett Lebda (4) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 DET
PPG - Rick Nash (21) ASST: Kristian Huselius (20), Mike Commodore (16)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
OT Period
Rick Nash (22) ASST: Mike Commodore (17), Fedor Tyutin (16)
3 - 2 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
Derek Dorsett  Holding against  Chris Chelios
2nd Period
Jared Boll  Hi-sticking against  Chris Chelios
Marian Hossa  Hooking against  Rick Nash
Tomas Kopecky  Roughing against  Mike Commodore
Mike Commodore  Roughing against  Tomas Kopecky
3rd Period
Daniel Cleary  Hooking against  Kristian Huselius
Mikael Samuelsson  Hi-sticking against  Jason Chimera
OT Period
goalie stats
Chris Osgood
Chris Osgood
SA: 23TOI: 63:01
Saves: 20EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .870SH: 0 - 1
Steve Mason
Steve Mason
SA: 23TOI: 63:26
Saves: 21EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
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