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Sunday, 10 November 2013 00:35
COLUMBUS — Ryan Johansen and Brandon Dubinsky each had a goal and two assists, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the New York Islanders 5-2 on Saturday night to snap a five-game losing streak.
Cam Atkinson and R.J. Umberger also scored for the Blue Jackets, who pulled away with three goals in the third period. James Wisniewski added an empty-net goal and an assist.
The line of Dubinsky, Johansen and Atkinson led the way, ending Columbus’ longest skid in two years.
Last season’s Vezina Trophy winner, Sergei Bobrovsky, who had struggled of late, played his second consecutive strong game. He made 24 saves and punctuated his performance with an assist on Wisniewski’s goal.
The Blue Jackets went 2 for 4 on the power play and now hit the road for seven of their next eight games, including a long-distance swing through Western Canada.
The Blue Jackets are 11-1-4 all-time against the Islanders, including 7-0-2 at home.
Frans Nielsen and Thomas Hickey scored for the Islanders, handed their third loss in a row. New York has only two wins in its last seven games.
New York had one power play and has not scored a man-advantage goal in seven games, going 0 for 22.
Evgeni Nabokov struggled controlling rebounds as the game went along. He stopped 24 of 28 shots and has allowed 17 goals in his last four games.
With the score tied at 2, Travis Hamonic was whistled for slashing 15 seconds into the third period and Umberger capitalized with his third goal 12 seconds later, redirecting Wisniewski’s point shot.
Atkinson followed at 3:24 with his fourth, shoveling Johansen’s rebound over Nabokov, positioned too deep in his net.
The two-goal cushion and mini offensive outburst for Columbus was a long time coming. Early in the second period, the Blue Jackets finally broke a 17-minute stretch without a shot on goal. Johansen soon followed with his fifth goal, scoring on a breakaway at 9:27 to make it 2-1 and give Columbus its first lead in about 310 minutes spanning six games.  
Johansen blocked Hickey’s point shot and took off toward the Islanders net, with Dubinsky hitting him in stride. Johansen roofed a shot over Nabokov’s glove, but the lead only lasted 4 minutes.
Hickey redeemed himself with his first goal of the season as the teams played four aside. He ripped a long-range shot that redirected off Johansen’s stick and past Bobrovsky.
Columbus was outshot 9-2 in the first period despite having two power plays. But late in the first man advantage, Dubinsky flicked a backhander from the slot through traffic. The puck hit the left post with the rebound bouncing off Nabokov and in at 6:25 for Dubinsky’s fourth.
Nielsen scored his team-leading ninth to draw the Islanders even with 35 seconds left in the period. On the counter attack, Nielsen skated the distance along the right wing, cut to the high slot and ripped a shot that squeezed through Bobrovsky.
NOTES: Islanders LW Thomas Vanek, playing his sixth game since being acquired from Buffalo, played just 23 seconds. He sustained an upper-body injury on his first shift. ... RW Marian Gaborik, without a goal in his last six games, hit the post early in the second period with Columbus on a power play. ... Hamonic played his 200th NHL game.
 

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