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.


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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