Second-period surge carries Red Wings past Blue Jackets

The visiting Detroit Red Wings erased a two-goal deficit by scoring three in the second period to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 on Friday night.The two teams will conclude their 2020-21 seasons Saturday night in Columbus.Last place in the Central Division could be on the line, as Detroit (19-27-9, 47 points) dropped the Blue Jackets (17-26-12, 46) into the division cellar with the victory.Both teams could end up tied in points, however, if Columbus was to win Saturday’s game in overtime or a shootout.Columbus, which saw its five-game (2-0-3) point streak snapped, opened the scoring 1:43 into the game when defenseman Gavin Bayreuther fired in a shot from the point that deflected off Michael Rasmussen.It was the first NHL goal for Bayreuther since he was with Dallas and scored against Calgary on Nov. 28, 2018.The Blue Jackets made it 2-0 at 7:48 of the second on Nathan Gerbe’s first goal of the season.After that, the rest of the second belonged to the Red Wings.Detroit got its first goal on a power-play chance with 6:10 left, as Joe Veleno scored his first NHL goal by one-timing a pass from Jakub Vrana past Columbus goalie Matiss Kivlenieks.

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