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Blue Jackets Vs. Red Wings Final Score: Columbus Avenges Monday's Embarrassing Loss, 4-2

The Columbus Blue Jackets are only playing for pride at this point and they responded to Monday night's 7-2 drubbing to the Red Wings with a strong effort on Wednesday night, beating the playoff bound Wings 4-2 on national television to split the home-and-home. The loss for the Red Wings sets up a big game on Friday between the Red Wings and Predators, who are jockeying for home ice in the first round of the playoffs; the Red Wings currently hold a one-point advantage.

Columbus scored twice in the first period on goals by Vinny Prospal (14) and Derek Dorsett (11). The Red Wings answered less than two minutes later with a power play goal, but the Blue Jackets extended their lead to three goals in the second period with another pair.

The Red Wings scored the lone goal in the third, but Allen York, starting in place of the injured Steve Mason, didn't allow any other shots get by him, stopping 29 of the 31 he faced.

Columbus plays next on Friday vs. Florida.

For more on the Columbus Blue Jackets, go to The Cannon. If you're looking for the Red Wings' take, head over to Winging It In Motown. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NHL hub at SBNation.com/NHL.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.