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Blue Jackets keep up playoff push

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves as the Blue Jackets snapped the Blues' season-high, six-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory Friday night.

Artem Anisimov, Ryan Johansen and Marian Gaborik also had goals for Columbus, which has earned points in 18 of its past 22 games since (13-4-5).

The Blue Jackets started the night tied for 10th in the Western Conference with 41 points, three behind eighth-place Detroit. The Blues were sixth with 48 points.

Bobrovsky, a Vezina Trophy candidate after a hot stretch, was solid in the first 10 minutes of each of the first two periods when he was needed the most. He improved to 11-3-5 with a 1.68 goals-against average at home this season.

With the score tied at 1, the Blue Jackets scored two late goals in the second. Brandon Dubinsky carried the puck behind the net to the right side of the goal line, pivoted, and fired a blind pass to Anisimov, who jammed in the puck. Then with under 90 seconds left in the period, James Wisniewski's slap shot from the left point hit Nick Foligno at the left doorstep. The puck bounced to Johansen, who was alone in front. He had a vacant net for his fourth goal of the year.

Game highlights: Rookie Alex Chiasson had two goals as the visiting Stars beat the Predators 5-2 for their fourth straight win. Ray Whitney had a power-play goal and an assist for Dallas, which started the night 10th in the Western Conference — three points behind eighth-place Detroit. … Craig Anderson had 33 saves in his third shutout of the season as the visiting Senators topped the Devils 2-0, New Jersey's ninth straight loss. Ottawa is sixth in the East while New Jersey is 10th, four points behind the Rangers and the postseason cutoff with seven games to play.

Around the league: Forward Eric Wellwood had surgery on Thursday in Philadelphia to repair tendon and ligament damage sustained in a skate cut injury last weekend, the Philadelphia Daily News reported. He is expected to miss nine months, general manager Paul Holmgren said. … Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers is out for the season after breaking a bone in his leg during Thursday's 5-1 loss to Montreal. … The Blackhawks agreed to a one-year contract with St. Cloud State's Drew LeBlanc on the day the forward won the Hobey Baker Award as the nation's top college player.

Honor for Foote: The Avalanche will retire the jersey of longtime defenseman Adam Foote in a ceremony next season. Foote's No. 52 will be raised to the Pepsi Center rafters alongside those of Joe Sakic (19), Peter Forsberg (21), Patrick Roy (33) and Ray Bourque (77).

at Blue Jackets 1 2 1 4
Blues 1 0 0 1

First Period1, St. Louis, Shattenkirk 4 (McDonald, Sobotka), 1:26. 2, Columbus, Atkinson 6 (Calvert, Aucoin), 14:32. PenaltiesBoll, Clm (roughing), 1:48; Prout, Clm (hooking), 15:09.

Second Period3, Columbus, Anisimov 11 (Dubinsky, Atkinson), 14:20. 4, Columbus, Johansen 4 (Foligno, Wisniewski), 18:36. PenaltiesProspal, Clm (delay of game), 4:40.

Third Period5, Columbus, Gaborik 12 (Letestu, Prospal), 1:21. PenaltiesShattenkirk, StL (unsportsmanlike conduct, roughing), 17:03; Foligno, Clm (tripping), 18:08; Dubinsky, Clm, misconduct, 19:06; Calvert, Clm (roughing), 19:06. Shots on GoalSt. Louis 12-11-9—32. Columbus 6-10-3—19. Power-play opportunitiesSt. Louis 0 of 5; Columbus 0 of 1. GoaliesSt. Louis, Allen 9-4-0 (19 shots-15 saves). Columbus, Bobrovsky 15-10-6 (32-31). A17,007 (18,144). T2:20. Referees—Stephen Walkom, Justin St. Pierre. LinesmenJean Morin, Jonny Murray.

Senators 0 2 0 2
at Devils 0 0 0 0

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesMethot, Ott (holding), 10:30; Condra, Ott (high-sticking), 11:06; Gonchar, Ott (hooking), 13:20.

Second Period1, Ottawa, Pageau 1 (Greening, Condra), 3:08. 2, Ottawa, Michalek 3 (Alfredsson), 6:52. PenaltiesSmith, Ott, major (fighting), 9:25; Clarkson, NJ, major (fighting), 9:25; Henrique, NJ (cross-checking), 9:25; Gryba, Ott (hooking), 13:33.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesHarrold, NJ (hooking), 14:05. Shots on GoalOttawa 3-6-2—11. New Jersey 9-14-10—33. Power-play opportunitiesOttawa 0 of 2; New Jersey 0 of 4. GoaliesOttawa, C.Anderson 9-6-2 (33 shots-33 saves). New Jersey, Brodeur 10-7-7 (11-9). A16,099 (17,625). T2:25. Referees—Wes McCauley, Ian Walsh. LinesmenThor Nelson, Vaughan Rody.

Stars 2 2 1 5
at Predators 1 0 1 2

First Period1, Dallas, Cole 8 (Fiddler, Larsen), 6:04. 2, Dallas, Whitney 10 (Goligoski, Fiddler), 8:40 (pp). 3, Nashville, Beck 3 (Josi, Hornqvist), 18:42 (pp). PenaltiesC.Smith, Nas (tripping), 6:59; Spaling, Nas (delay of game), 10:55; Roussel, Dal, major (fighting), 16:05; Clune, Nas, major (fighting), 16:05; Dillon, Dal (interference), 17:54.

Second Period4, Dallas, Wandell 1 (Garbutt, Roussel), 2:28. 5, Dallas, Chiasson 4 (Whitney, Daley), 11:12. PenaltiesNystrom, Dal (hooking), 7:11; Robidas, Dal (holding), 15:37.

Third Period6, Dallas, Chiasson 5, 7:03. 7, Nashville, Butler 2 (Bang, Bartley), 12:12. PenaltiesKostitsyn, Nas, major-game misconduct (boarding), 16:31. Shots on GoalDallas 5-6-7—18. Nashville 6-9-13—28. Power-play opportunitiesDallas 1 of 3; Nashville 1 of 3. GoaliesDallas, Bachman 5-3-0 (28 shots-26 saves). Nashville, Mason 1-5-1 (18-13). A16,818 (17,113). T2:24. Referees—Dan O'Rourke, Tim Peel. LinesmenAndy McElman, Mark Wheler.

Blue Jackets keep up playoff push 04/12/13 [Last modified: Friday, April 12, 2013 11:08pm]
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