Damien Brunner and Valtteri Filppula scored in the first two-plus minutes of the game to put the Red Wings ahead by two, a cushion they wasted for a third time during their five-game losing streak.
R.J. Umberger’s power-play goal a couple of minutes after Detroit took their two-goal lead pulled Columbus within one. Derek Dorsett tied it in the third period for the Blue Jackets, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
The game took a frightening turn early in the second period when Columbus center Artem Anisimov was taken off the ice on a stretcher after being struck in the head by Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey. Anisimov was alert and able to move when he was taken to a hospital as a precaution.
Detroit scored on their first and third shots against Sergei Bobrovsky, who bounced back to finish with 28 saves.
In other play on Thursday, it was:
‧ Maple Leafs 3, Sabres 1
‧ Islanders 4, Canadiens 3
‧ Jets 4, Hurricanes 3
‧ Canucks 4, Stars 3
‧ Wild 3, Oilers 1