Strong third period leads Jackets to 3-1 win
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Boone Jenner and Cam Atkinson scored 35 seconds apart in the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-1 victory over New Jersey on Tuesday night, snapping the Devils' fourth-game winning streak.
Scott Hartnell added an unassisted goal later in the period as the Blue Jackets won their second straight game under new coach John Tortorella despite having only 14 shots.
Bobrovsky lost his shutout with 2:28 to play when Kyle Palmieri scored on a power-play rebound.
Jenner snapped a scoreless tie at 9:03 of the final period after a puck hit off former Devil David Clarkson in front. The center got the deflection and fired the puck past a defenseless Cory Schneider for his sixth goal of the season and third in the last two games.
Atkinson doubled the lead after the Blue Jackets forced a turnover deep in the Devils zone. Brandon Dubinsky took a pass from Hartnell and found Atkinson alone in front for his second goal of the season.
Schneider finished with 11 saves.
New Jersey had the better of the play earlier in the period and Tortorella called a time out after a deflection in front by Jacob Josefson got past Bobrovsky and inched toward the goal before he spun around and used his paddle to clear the puck.
Defenseman Eric Gelinas hit a goal post after the time out but suddenly Columbus found its scoring touch.
The four-game winning streak matched the Devils' longest of last season.
NOTES: After having his consecutive games played streak snapped at 202, Blue Jackets C Ryan Johansen missed his second straight game due to illness. ... After being claimed on waivers from Pittsburgh, Devils RW was a healthy scratch. ... The predominant color on the Devils' scoreboard was purple as the team joined in a hockey fights cancer night. ... Columbus had two shots in the first period.