- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Not only is Boone Jenner having a great rookie season, he’s also showing a knack for describing his goals.

The first-year player and veteran Brandon Dubinsky scored 40 seconds apart in the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky had 39 saves to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Tuesday night.

“I just came around from behind the net there, just kind of looking around, and the seas kind of parted for me and I fired it,” Jenner said of his critical, tiebreaking goal midway through the third period that seemed to fire up the Blue Jackets.

Jenner, playing in his 55th game, came to the back wall and squeezed out Detroit center Cory Emmerton, taking away the puck. Jenner then continued to the right dot before snapping off a wrist shot that beat Mrazek high on the stick side at the 10:08 mark.

It was Jenner’s 12th goal of the year and couldn’t have come at a better time for a club still seemingly in a trance 24 hours after a traumatic game in Dallas. In that game, the Stars’ Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench about 7 minutes into the first period. The NHL called the game and no date has been set for the rematch.

“It was a pretty rough start for us,” said Nick Foligno, who had tied the game at 1 in the opening period even while the Red Wings were dominating at both ends. “We didn’t come out the way we wanted to but we battled back. Bob was outstanding in the first to kind of keep us in it. Then we just took over in the third period.”

Detroit, which scored first on Danny DeKeyser’s blast from the point, outshot the Blue Jackets 18-8 and had three power plays but still came out of the period deadlocked.

“That’s the way it goes,” said Red Wings coach Mike Babcock. “You’ve got to score - and they pay Bob to stop the puck. Sometimes when you’re not as good, you expect your goalie to be good. He was good early for them.”

Shortly after Jenner’s ice-breaker, Matt Calvert won a puck battle in the neutral zone and then fended off a defenseman while muscling the puck ahead to Dubinsky. He collected the pass, skated to the crease and also scored his 13th at the 10:48 mark.

Dereck MacKenzie then added a goal. Nathan Horton had two assists for the Blue Jackets, who have won five of six.

Both teams came in with 71 points and battling for playoff position in the East.

The Red Wings, already heavily hamstrung by injuries, went to third-string goalie Petr Mrazek when Jimmy Howard couldn’t play because of the flu. Mrazek stopped 33 shots.

Detroit has dropped four of five (1-3-1).

It was particularly troublesome because of the late collapse.

“We can’t afford too many of those,” defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “(They scored) and then we couldn’t seem to find our game again. All of a sudden we were all over the place.”

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