Red Wings fall to Blue Jackets, suffer third straight loss

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Cam Atkinson scored twice in the third period and Boone Jenner had a goal and an assist while the Columbus Blue Jackets held off the Detroit Red Wings 5-3 Tuesday night.

David Clarkson and David Savard also scored for the Jackets, and Joonas Korpisalo made 32 saves. Atkinson’s empty-netter with 17.5 seconds left secured the win.

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.

Justin Abdelkader also scored for Detroit, and Jimmy Howard made 27 saves. The Red Wings have lost three straight.

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.

Jones, Dubinsky and Alexander Wennberg each had two assists for Columbus, and Atkinson also had one assist. Mike Green had three assists for Detroit.

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.