In Detroit, a two-goal third period helped the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets get their first win of the season, 3-2, over the Red Wings.
“It was a matter of time before we got a win — we just haven’t been playing our best hockey,” Dubois said. “This is good for our confidence.”
Both clubs are now 1-2-0.
“We competed hard today, which we need to do every day, and I thought we played really well in the first half of the game,” Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill said. “They weren’t at their best early on, and I thought they got better and outskated us in the second half of the game. We started turning the puck over too much and that means you are doing a lot of defending.”
Joonas Korpisalo made 35 saves in the win.
“It’s easy for me to put [Texier] on the ice, because he works so hard on his game,” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. “He’s playing hard every shift he’s out there.”
Bobby Ryan scored both Detroit goals.
“This is a ‘prove it’ season for me – I need to take the step forward that I should have taken years ago,” Ryan said. “I didn’t want to get off to a slow start, so it feels good to be contributing right away.”
“We needed to match their speed and we did that in the second period,” Bjorkstrand said. “We started playing faster and we got some momentum.”
Thomas Greiss made 26 saves in the losing effort; he stopped a first period penalty shot awarded to Seth Jones as well.