COLUMBUS, Ohio – Brendan Shanahan and Pavel Datsyuk each scored two goals to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-2 for their sixth straight victory.

The NHL-leading Red Wings are 9-1-0 overall and 5-0-0 on the road.

Mathieu Schneider and Henrik Zetterberg each added a goal and an assist, Jason Williams and Niklas Lidstrom had two assists apiece, and Datsyuk added an assist to go with his goals in support of Manny Legace, who had 31 saves.

Legace, who has been in goal every game for the Red Wings, tied the NHL record and set a club mark for wins by a goaltender in October.

Bryan Berard and Trevor Letowski scored for Columbus. Marc Denis stopped 31 of the 37 shots he faced.

The Red Wings outscored the Blue Jackets 12-2 in two meetings at Nationwide Arena in just over 48 hours. They won 6-0 Saturday night behind Jason Williams’ first three-goal game.

Down 1-0 early after Berard scored on a power play, the Red Wings tied it on a quirky goal. Chris Chelios tossed a pass to Shanahan just wide of the goal and Shanahan chipped it at Denis from almost behind the goal cage. The puck caught some of the near post, then ricocheted off Denis’ back and bounced over the goal line.

Datsyuk, who has goals in his last three games, then cracked the game open by scoring twice in the second period. The first came when he tapped a rebound out of the air after Denis stopped his first shot. Ninety seconds later, Datsyuk added his seventh goal of the season when he scored off a rebound of Jiri Fischer’s slap shot.

After Letowski cut it to 3-2, the Blue Jackets’ Steven Goertzen was assessed a 5-minute boarding penalty for ramming Detroit defenseman Andreas Lilja into the boards, leading to two power-play goals by the Red Wings.

Shanahan ripped a slap shot from just inside the blue line near the right boards for his sixth goal of the season to make it 4-2, then the Red Wings made the most of a 5-on-3 advantage when Schneider’s hard shot from the top of the right circle eluded Denis.

The Blue Jackets were serenaded by boos as they left the ice after two periods.

Zetterberg carried the puck from the red line for his fifth goal to close the scoring.

Notes: Legace tied the NHL mark of nine wins by a goaltender in October set by Vancouver’s Kirk McLean in 1991-92 (9-2-1) and also matched by Toronto’s Felix Potvin (9-1-0) and Philadelphia’s Dominic Roussel (9-1-0), both in 1993-94. … Shanahan and Schneider extended their points streaks to four games. … The Blue Jackets had not scored in 76:35 before Berard picked up his third goal on a slap shot from the point in the opening period. … The Blue Jackets have lost five of six.

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