March 26, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets center Mark Letestu (17) receives congratulations from teammates after scoring in the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit won 7-2 clinching a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Red Wings Vs. Blue Jackets: Detroit Loses In Columbus, 4-2, But Maintains No. 4 Seed

The Detroit Red Wings lost a golden opportunity to extend their lead for home ice in the playoffs when Columbus knocked them off on national television, 4-2.

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Red Wings Vs. Blue Jackets Final Score: Columbus Exacts Revenge On Detroit, 4-2

The Detroit Red Wings' offense came alive on Monday night at the Joe, beating the Blue Jackets' goalies seven times in a rout. Tonight, the Blue Jackets hosted the Wings in the second game of a home-and-home and got their revenge, 4-2, in front of a national audience on NBC Sports Network.

The NHL's worst team jumped out to a two goal lead in the first period behind the sticks of Vinny Prospal (14) and Derek Dorsett (11). Less than two minutes after the Blue Jackets went up a pair, the Red Wings answered on the power play on a goal by Henrik Zetterberg (22), assisted by Pavel Datsyuk (45) and Tomas Holmstrom (12).

But the Blue Jackets all but put the game away in the second period when they scored another pair of goals within two minutes of each other to go up 4-1. The Wings scored the lone goal in the third, again on the power play, but it obviously wasn't enough to overcome the three goal deficit.

The Red Wings maintain a one point advantage for home ice in the playoffs over the Nashville Predators, but the two teams play a big one against each other on Friday in Detroit.

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. For more on the Columbus Blue Jackets, check out The Cannon. All your NHL news and analysis can be found at SB Nation's NHL hub.

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Blue Jackets Sign University Of Michigan's Shawn Hunwick As Emergency Backup

The Detroit Red Wings had no trouble beating the Columbus Blue Jackets up and down on Monday, winning the first of a home-and-home by a score of 7-2. But on Wednesday, they could be facing a different foe entirely, someone who might be a bit familiar to fans in the region. Shawn Hunwick, who just wrapped up his career with the Michigan Wolverines on Friday night when they were eliminated from the NCAA tournament, has signed an amateur tryout contract with the Blue Jackets, according to Shawn Mitchell on Twitter.

Generally, this would mean that the player is going to go straight to the AHL or some other team affiliate, but in this case, Hunwick is set to be a backup for the Blue Jackets on an emergency basis. As it turns out, goalie Steve Mason was injured after taking a puck to the head Wednesday morning, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN.

Hunwick may not play at all, and he may not be signed to be a backup for the Blue Jackets again if Mason's injury is not serious, but it's an interesting situation with Hunwick less than a week out of college at this point. It's also worth noting that Hunwick got his chance to be the starter and be a hero for the Michigan hockey team on two separate occasions when Bryan Hogan went down with two separate injuries.

On one occasion, Hunwick carried the Wolverines to the NCAA tournament following an injury to Hogan on senior night in 2010, and on the other occasion, he was awarded the starting job after Hogan, the player he was competing with, was injured during warmups for The Big Chill at the Big House. Other players' misfortune has led to Hunwick getting a chance in the past, and now he's likely one injury away from being in net for an actual NHL game.

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Red Wings Vs. Blue Jackets: Detroit Looks To Win Second Game Of Home And Home With Columbus

The Detroit Red Wings slaughtered the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-2 in Detroit on Monday, and get another shot at the Jackets in Columbus on Wednesday in Ohio.

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