FINAL
BOS
5
CAR
3
FINAL
DAL
1
CBJ
2
FINAL
NSH
0
PHX
4
FINAL
COL
1
EDM
4
FINAL SO
VAN
2
LAK
3
DAL
22-22-4
CBJ
24-17-7

25 SOG
27 SOG

Blue Jackets end skid with win over Stars

NHL.com | Monday, 01.28.2013 / 10:02 PM

The winless skid is over for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Vinny Prospal broke a 1-1 tie just 1:22 into the third period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 24 saves as the Jackets ended a four-game slide with a 2-1 win against the Dallas Stars at Nationwide Arena on Monday night.

Eleven of Bobrovsky's stops came in the third period, as the newcomer helped his club win for the first time since a 3-2 shootout victory at Nashville on opening night.

"We have to win with a good team effort night after night," Prospal said. "That's the way we have to play – with the willingness to block shots, do the little things. I think this is the way we have to play to be successful this year."

Kari Lehtonen made 25 saves for the Stars, who have played six consecutive one-goal games to begin the season, losing the last three.

Philip Larsen had the lone goal for Dallas.

The Blue Jackets took the lead for good when Prospal collected the puck in the right corner and fired a shot along the goal line that appeared to catch Lehtonen by surprise, slipping into the net.

Bobrovsky preserved the lead with a terrific stop on Michael Ryder's one-timer from the right hash midway through the period, just before Columbus' Adrian Aucoin hit a post with a slap shot.

"Sergei was very good. He had some big saves in the third period," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "When a goalie makes some saves like that, that gives you confidence playing in front of him. You don't have to think, `I've got to get the puck out' because you know he's back there. It gives everyone confidence."

Jamie Benn saw his first action of the season for the Stars, who have lost three in a row. He signed a five-year, $26.5-million contract last week.

Jaromir Jagr, needing just one goal to break a tie with Luc Robitaille (667 goals) to move into 10th on the all-time list, returned to the Dallas lineup after missing one game with a sore back.

Larsen scored his first goal of the season on the power play at 4:13, rocketing a shot from the right point that slipped between two players to befuddle Bobrovsky, who was screened on the play. Benn picked up an assist.

Soon after, Vernon Fiddler picked up two minors for a hook and high sticking on the same sequence. Then Tom Wandell gloved the puck in the defensive zone and was called for delay of game -- giving the Blue Jackets a full two-man advantage.

The Stars' defense completely shut down the power play, limiting Columbus to passes back and forth out front, but no real scoring chances.

Despite generating no offense when they had a man advantage, the Blue Jackets then tied it at even strength.

Artem Anisimov carried the puck up the left wing through the neutral zone and dropped a pass to Fedor Tyutin, who sent a perfect setup to Dorsett at the left dot for a one-timer that beat Lehtonen.

Lehtonen made a spectacular save in the opening minute of the second. Jack Johnson deked and then fired a shot that Lehtonen got a piece of, the puck flipping over his shoulder. He reached back with his glove to make the grab as the puck was going into the net.

The Stars' penalty kill also dominated the opening period. Perfect in all six opportunities coming in when on the road and a man down, the Stars stifled the Blue Jackets, who had three power plays.

"We got away from the game plan and we started turning pucks over," Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan said. "Instead of them losing momentum from all the penalty kills, we gave it to them with the turnovers at the blue line."

Material from wire services was used in this report.

1st2nd3rdT
DAL
CBJ
Scoring Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
04:13DAL PPG - Philip Larsen (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Goligoski (3), Jamie Benn (1) 1 - 0 DAL
17:47CBJ Derek Dorsett (1) Snap shot - ASST: Fedor Tyutin (4), Artem Anisimov (1) 1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
01:22CBJ Vinny Prospal (2) Wrist shot - ASST: James Wisniewski (1), Jack Johnson (1) 2 - 1 CBJ
Three Stars of the Game
Vinny Prospal
1st
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:13
Derek Dorsett
2nd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:22
Jack Johnson
3rd
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 26:08
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:03DAL Philip Larsen  Boarding against  Colton Gillies
11:22CBJ Brandon Dubinsky  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
16:06DAL Eric Nystrom  Interference against  Jared Boll
18:29DAL Jordie Benn  Hi-sticking against  Derek Dorsett
2nd Period
02:41CBJ Artem Anisimov  Hooking against  Loui Eriksson
08:44DAL Vernon Fiddler  Hi-sticking against  Derick Brassard
08:44DAL Vernon Fiddler  Hooking against  Derick Brassard
09:26DAL Tom Wandell  Closing hand on puck
18:46CBJ Nikita Nikitin  Cross checking against  Jamie Benn
3rd Period
10:31CBJ Nikita Nikitin  Holding against  Jaromir Jagr
19:55DAL Jamie Benn  Boarding against  Artem Anisimov
19:55DAL Jamie Benn  Roughing against  Nikita Nikitin
19:55CBJ Nikita Nikitin  Roughing against  Jamie Benn
shots by period
PeriodDALCBJ
1st93
2nd517
3rd117
Total2527
Team Stats
CategoryDALCBJ
Power Plays1/40/7
Hits1822
Faceoff Wins2829
Giveaways24
Takeaways32
Blocked Shots1410
Penalty Minutes1610
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  • COLUMBUS
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