COLUMBUS, Ohio — Allen York stopped 29 shots and earned his first NHL victory, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Red Wings 4-2 on Wednesday night after being routed in Detroit two days earlier.
Columbus’ top goalie Steve Mason was injured Wednesday morning when he was struck in the mask by a shot from teammate Colton Gillies. With Curtis Sanford already out with a leg injury, the Blue Jackets turned to York, who spent time this season in ECHL and American Hockey League. York made his eighth appearance and second start for the Blue Jackets.
Vinny Prospal and Derek Dorsett scored in the first period, and Derick Brassard and R.J. Umberger added goals in the second. York allowed Niklas Kronwall’s power-play goal that made it 4-2 at 9:34 of the third, but stopped 17 shots in the period to hold on for the win.
Detroit, which beat the Blue Jackets 7-2 at home on Monday, also got a first-period goal from Henrik Zetterberg.
The Red Wings had a two-game winning streak snapped and missed an opportunity to increase their fourth-place standing in the Western Conference.
Detroit has 97 points, Nashville is one point behind, and sixth-place Chicago trails by four points. All three teams have five games remaining.
RANGERS 4, JETS 2
In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ryan Callahan and Michael Del Zotto each had a goal and an assist, and New York moved to the top of the NHL standings with a victory over fading Winnipeg.
Brian Boyle and Derek Stepan also scored, and Marian Gaborik added a pair of assists for the Rangers
(49-21-7), who lead Pittsburgh by five points in the Eastern Conference. New York is tied with Western Conference-leading St. Louis with 105 points, but the Rangers have the edge because of one more non-shootout victory.
Spencer Machacek and Bryan Little scored for the Jets (35-34-9), who are 10th in the East with 76 points. Winnipeg went 0-4 against New York this season.
Buffalo is currently eighth in the East with 84 points, followed by Washington.
Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves for the Rangers.