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Detroit Red Wings score trio of goals in 3rd period for 4-1 win over Columbus

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins, right, stops a shot by Red Wings left wing Darren Helm during the second period Sunday in Detroit. (AP photo)

By PAUL HARRIS

Associated Press

DETROIT — Michael Rasmussen broke a tie early in the third period with his first goal of the season and the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Sunday.

Evgeny Svechnikov, defenseman Filip Hronek and Vladislav Namestnikov also scored for Detroit, which beat Columbus for the second time in two days. The Red Wings won 3-1 on Saturday.

“This was probably our most complete effort from start to finish this season,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “Certainly, I thought Saturday was pretty good too, and the first period was great, but I just thought we sustained our forecheck more today and because of that, the ice was tilted toward them for large parts of the game.”

Calvin Pickard made 16 saves and got both wins.

“We competed all over the ice, and when they did get a couple chances, Pixie (Pickard) was back there,” Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin said. “He’s just been rock solid this weekend.”

Jack Roslovic scored for the Blue Jackets. Elvis Merzlikins stopped 25 shots.

Rasmussen’s winner came 2:51 into the third period when he put in the rebound of Robby Fabbri’s shot. The Blue Jackets challenged that there was goaltender interference on the play.

Hronek and Namestnikov scored into an empty net in the final two minutes. It was Hronek’s second goal and the sixth for Namestnikov.