COLUMBUS — Elvis Merzlikins made six of his 41 saves in overtime to help the Columbus Blue Jackets to their first victory in 10 games, 1-0 in a shootout against the Detroit Red Wings at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.
Merzlikins stopped both shootout attempts for the Blue Jackets (16-25-10). Patrik Laine and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored in the shootout for Columbus.
Thomas Greiss made 33 saves for the Red Wings (17-25-9).
The Blue Jackets were 0-7-2 in their past nine games. They had lost nine straight in a season three other times, most recently Oct. 24-Nov. 11, 2014.
The Blue Jackets’ goal by Oliver Bjorkstrand 1:23 into the game was overturned following a successful challenge by Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill that Eric Robinson was offside.
Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson was denied his 400th NHL point at 2:13 of the third when Greiss saved his shorthanded breakaway.
Red Wings forward Joe Veleno, played 14:59 and had two shots in his NHL debut.