Artemi Panarin scored midway through overtime, lifting the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night in the opener for both teams.

Cam Atkinson and Josh Anderson gave Columbus the lead over the first two periods. Rookie Dennis Cholowski and Tyler Bertuzzi pulled the Red Wings into a tie with goals in the second period.

Joonas Korpisalo stopped 18 shots for the Blue Jackets. Detroit’s Jimmy Howard made 36 saves.

Detroit Red Wings’ Dennis Cholowski, second from left, celebrates his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The rebuilding Red Wings honored Henrik Zetterberg, whose career is over because of a back ailment, before the game. Then, the team put five players on the ice who were playing for the first time in the NHL.

Cholowski, Christoffer Ehn, Michael Rasmussen, Filip Hronek and Libor Sulak all made their debut.

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) stops a shot by Columbus Blue Jackets’ Boone Jenner (38) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The last time an NHL team had that many rookies playing in their first game together was Detroit in 1985. It has happened just two other times in the league since the 1979, with the Colorado Rockies and Vancouver Canucks in 1981.

Columbus is coming off consecutive postseason appearances for the first time in its 17-year history.

Detroit Red Wings’ Henrik Zetterberg, center, drops a ceremonial puck between Columbus Blue Jackets’ Nick Foligno (71) and Red Wings’ Justin Abdelkader (8) before an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The Blue Jackets are in win-now mode , aiming to advance in the playoffs for the first time with goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and Panarin entering the last year of their contracts.

Columbus controlled the play and the puck for most of the night, looking like it was on the power play during even-strength positions at times.

Detroit Red Wings’ Dylan Larkin is introduced before the team’s NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The Blue Jackets enjoyed a big shot advantage for much of the game, too, but Howard prevented them from converting on a lot of chances to score.

Detroit was an NHL-worst 3-12 in overtime last season while Columbus was 9-3, trailing only Pittsburgh’s rate of success in the 3-on-3 hockey.

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) stops a shot by Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno (71) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

UP NEXT:

Columbus: Hosts Carolina on Friday.

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser (65) checks Columbus Blue Jackets center Pierre-Luc Dubois (18) off the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Detroit: At Los Angeles on Sunday.

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Source: The Associated Press

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