FINAL
WSH
4
BOS
0
FINAL
PIT
5
TOR
2
FINAL
ANA
3
DET
2
FINAL SO
OTT
3
TBL
2
FINAL
NJD
5
FLA
1
FINAL
CAR
3
NYI
4
FINAL SO
MTL
4
PHI
3
FINAL
NYR
2
CBJ
5
FINAL
CGY
1
STL
4
FINAL
DAL
1
NSH
4
FINAL
BUF
2
CHI
6
FINAL
MIN
3
COL
0
FINAL OT
LAK
2
ARI
3
FINAL SO
EDM
4
VAN
5
FINAL
WPG
0
SJS
3

Atkinson's two goals lead Blue Jackets past Rangers

Craig Merz  - NHL.com Correspondent | Sunday, 10.12.2014 / 4:10 AM

COLUMBUS -- Despite missing some key forwards because of injuries, the Columbus Blue Jackets utilized the depth they've developed in recent years to win the first two games of the season for the first time since 2009.

Slovakian rookie Marko Dano is an example of that depth. He scored his first NHL goal and had his first assist to help the Blue Jackets win their home opener 5-2 against the New York Rangers at Nationwide Arena on Saturday.

"We did a lot of things at the start of the game that will allow us to have success," Columbus coach Todd Richards said. "I like the way we stuck at it out there in all areas."

The Blue Jackets got goals from three lines Thursday in a 3-1 win at the Buffalo Sabres and all four contributed to the scoring against the Rangers (1-1-0). The top line of Cam Atkinson (two goals), Nick Foligno (goal and an assist) and Ryan Johansen (two assists) combined for six points.

"We bring something different, each guy," Atkinson said of his line. "We created a lot of chances for ourselves."

Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell had his second and third assists of the season, and Artem Anisimov scored his second goal of the season early in the first to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead.

Former Rangers defenseman Fedor Tyutin was plus-5 to set a Blue Jackets record.

"It was tough to see the goals the way they scored them," Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh said. "That's a good lesson for us. We can't expect to win without playing our 'A' game."

Lee Stempniak and former Columbus captain Rick Nash scored for the Rangers and rookie Anthony Duclair had his first two career assists.

The Blue Jackets have been without Nathan Horton (back) since the start of training camp. Boone Jenner missed the final two preseason games with a broken hand and is expected to be out four more weeks, and Brandon Dubinsky is out indefinitely after having abdominal surgery Wednesday.

Their absences have provided others opportunities. Dano, 19, a first-round pick (No. 27) in the 2013 NHL Draft, scored at 13:47 of the third on a rebound to give the Blue Jackets a 4-1 lead.

"That was a special moment for me," Dano said. "My dad was watching the game in the stands. Also, my girlfriend was here. I'm real happy my dad saw the goal."

Nash scored 32 seconds later in his second appearance in Columbus since being traded in July 2012 to cut the deficit to 4-2.

But Atkinson scored his third goal of the season into an empty net with 1:21 left in the third period to back the 24 saves of Sergei Bobrovsky, who had made a 3-1 lead stand late in the second when he slid right to-left across the crease for a point-blank, left-pad stop on Martin St. Louis after the center took a pass from the right edge by Nash.

Columbus didn't waste time before a sellout crowd of 18,922 to jump on the Rangers when Anisimov and Foligno helped the Blue Jackets take a 2-0 lead in the first period. Stempniak countered early in the second.

"We used the energy of the crowd to motivate us," Foligno said.

Anisimov, a former Rangers forward, scored his second of the season and like his first goal Thursday at Buffalo, Hartnell assisted.

The play developed in the left corner where Dano muscled the puck away from two Rangers. Hartnell picked it up and sent a pass out to Anisimov beyond the left circle for a one-timer that blew past the left glove of backup goaltender Cam Talbot (19 saves).

"There were a lot of 50-50 pucks that they got to," New York coach Alain Vigneault said. "Was that because they were quicker than us? Did they want it more? I can't answer that yet."

The Rangers killed two penalties in the first period to help them improve to 7-for-7 this season. The second penalty came as result of Stempniak taking a charge against Anisimov into the boards at the Rangers bench. Anisimov went to the dressing room briefly before returning.

Stempniak got the Rangers within a goal at 5:43 of the second with a wrist shot that squeezed between Bobrovsky and the right post to make it 2-1. Duclair (No. 80 at the 2013 draft) fed Stempniak for his first NHL point.

Columbus took a 3-1 lead at 9:49 when Atkinson scored his second of the season. Johansen had his third assist of the season by firing a shot from the left point that Foligno tipped across the crease to an open Atkinson.

"They won the net-front battles," Vigneault said. "They got a lot of second opportunities. They were the better team tonight."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
06:24CBJ Artem Anisimov (2) ASST: Scott Hartnell (2), Marko Dano (1) 1 - 0 CBJ
17:33CBJ Nick Foligno (1) ASST: Ryan Johansen (2), David Savard (1) 2 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
05:43NYR Lee Stempniak (1) ASST: Anthony Duclair (1), Marc Staal (1) 2 - 1 CBJ
09:49CBJ Cam Atkinson (2) ASST: Nick Foligno (2), Ryan Johansen (3) 3 - 1 CBJ
3rd Period
13:47CBJ Marko Dano (1) ASST: Dalton Prout (1), Michael Chaput (2) 4 - 1 CBJ
14:19NYR Rick Nash (3) ASST: Anthony Duclair (2) 4 - 2 CBJ
18:39CBJ EN - Cam Atkinson (3) ASST: Scott Hartnell (3) 5 - 2 CBJ
Three Stars of the Game
Nick Foligno
1st
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 4
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:17
Marko Dano
2nd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 12:08
Cam Atkinson
3rd
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 14:50
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:42NYR Carl Hagelin  Elbowing against  Marko Dano
09:17CBJ Michael Chaput  Hooking against  Dominic Moore
12:36NYR Lee Stempniak  Charging against  Artem Anisimov
14:52CBJ Jack Johnson  Holding against  Lee Stempniak
2nd Period
12:36NYR Tanner Glass  Roughing against  Dalton Prout
19:00NYR Chris Kreider  Instigator - Misconduct against  Jack Skille
19:00NYR Chris Kreider  Instigator against  Jack Skille
19:00CBJ Jack Skille  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Kreider
19:00NYR Chris Kreider  Fighting (maj) against  Jack Skille
19:29CBJ Alexander Wennberg  Hi-sticking against  Dan Girardi
3rd Period
06:17NYR Carl Hagelin  Roughing against  Michael Chaput
06:17CBJ Michael Chaput  Roughing against  Carl Hagelin
shots by period
PeriodNYRCBJ
1st107
2nd88
3rd89
Total2624
Team Stats
CategoryNYRCBJ
Power Plays0/30/4
Hits2829
Faceoff Wins3031
Giveaways35
Takeaways56
Blocked Shots1310
Penalty Minutes2513
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  • COLUMBUS
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47D. ProutD0131015:48
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#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
72S. Bobrovsky2426.92360:00