Tomas Tatar and Andreas Athanasiou scored 46 seconds apart late in the third to pull Detroit within 4-3. Darren Helm thought he’d tied it less than a minute later, but the puck careened off the post behind Korpisalo.
Atkinson redirected a shot by Seth Jones into the net at 9:14 of the third. That came after Jenner scored 26 seconds into the period when he punched home a pass from Brandon Dubinsky in front of the net.
Clarkson got his second goal of the season and 200th career point at 16:36 of the second, pushing home a loose puck between his legs with his back to the net after Howard stopped Matt Calvert‘s initial shot. It was Clarkson’s first goal since Dec. 17 at Arizona – he’s only played eight games since then due to an upper-body injury.
Detroit tied it at 1 when Abdelkader ripped a pass from Gustav Nyquist low in the left circle past Korpisalo’s left shoulder.
Savard’s screamer from near the blue line on a power play opened the scoring 35 seconds into the second. The goal came 11 seconds after Luke Glendening tripped Jones to give Columbus a 5-on-3 advantage.
A fast-paced first period failed to yield any goals, but Columbus fired 16 shots at Howard. Columbus’ best chance at a goal in the opening 20 minutes came right before the horn, when three separate Blue Jackets tried and failed to shove the puck by Howard.
NOTES: Columbus is 5-3-2 in its last 10 games. … The Blue Jackets host the Penguins on Friday night. … Detroit plays at home against Winnipeg on Thursday night.