Blue Jackets top Jets 6-3
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) –– Boone Jenner and Mark Letestu each scored twice to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 6-3 victory on Saturday and extended the Winnipeg Jets’ losing streak to a season-high five games.
The Blue Jackets scored four straight goals in the second period and Curtis McElhinney made 28 saves and Columbus won its third straight game.
Ondrej Pavelec made 20 saves for Winnipeg, which was booed at the end of the game.
James Wisniewski and Derek MacKenzie each had a pair of assists for Columbus.
The Blue Jackets’ second-period run included four goals in the first 9:07, starting with Letestu’s short-handed goal 36 seconds into the period.
Cam Atkinson scored his 13th goal of the season, Nick Foligno got his 12th and then Jenner beat Pavelec on a penalty shot at 9:07.
Jets center Eric O’Dell, with his first NHL goal, opened the scoring in the first period. Toby Enstrom also scored and Bryan Little had a goal and an assist.
O’Dell scored his goal at 4:32 of the first period during a goal-mouth scramble when he banged in the puck with a backhand while McElhinney was out near the edge of the crease.
Recalled from the AHL St. John’s IceCaps on Dec. 17, O’Dell was replacing Evander Kane (hand injury) on the Jets’ second line with center Mark Scheifele and right wing Michael Frolik.
It was one of a number of roster changes for Winnipeg.
Coach Claude Noel had big defenseman Dustin Byfuglien playing right wing for the first time this season on the top line with Little and Andrew Ladd.
That moved Blake Wheeler to the third line with center Olli Jokinen and left wing Devin Setoguchi.
O’Dell’s goal came a minute after the Jets had a goal called off after a review because Setoguchi had lifted his stick high after Mark Stuart fired a shot from the point.
Columbus regrouped during intermission and came out firing in the second and capitalizing on Winnipeg’s errors.
Just nine seconds after Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky was called for holding 27 seconds into the period, MacKenzie and Letestu went on a 2-on-1 break and Letestu deked and put a backhand shot past Pavelec.
Columbus made it 2-1 at 4:15 when Atkinson took a nice pass from Wisniewski as he was skating fast to the side of the net. He fired the puck high over Pavelec, who was stretched out on the ice.
Foligno made it 3-1 when he was all alone in front of Winnipeg’s net as the Jets players were along the boards or behind the net.
Ryan Johansen was behind the net and sent a pass to Foligno, who easily beat Pavelec at 8:26.
Jenner then made it 4-1 just 41 seconds later with a low penalty shot on Pavelec’s stick side after Jets defenceman Adam Pardy had hooked him on a breakaway.
Winnipeg cut the deficit after Little stole the puck in the neutral zone and made a pass to Enstrom, who beat McElhinney at 11:55 to close the gap 4-2.
Jenner scored his second goal off a rebound with two Jets players beside him at 4:08 of the third.
Little made it 5-3 with a power-play goal at 5:55, but another Pavelec rebound ended up on the stick of Letestu at 11:14 for his fourth goal of the season.
Notes: The last time the Jets lost at least four in a row was late last season from March 28 to April 4, when they went 0-5-0 over that stretch. … Letestu’s short-handed goal was the sixth allowed by the Jets this season.