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NHL: Columbus 3, Detroit 0

DETROIT, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Steve Mason made 34 saves Friday and shut down the potent Detroit offense in bringing the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-0 victory over the Red Wings.

It was Mason's second shutout of the season and the 17th of his three-year career. Ten of those shutouts came in his rookie campaign of 2008-09. He came into the game giving up 3.3 goals per contest this season.

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Detroit entered the game with 173 goals for the season, third most in the NHL.

Columbus came up with a goal in each period, starting with Antoine Vermette's slap shot with 7:31 to go in the first. Jared Boll tallied in the second and Andrew Murray put the puck into an empty net with 1:12 to play.

The Blue Jackets had lost four of their previous six games.

Jimmy Howard stopped 21-of-23 shots for Detroit, which had won two in a row.

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