COLUMBUS -- Even after a win, the Columbus Blue Jackets lost.
The Blue Jackets were eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoff contention despite a 3-2 overtime win against the New Jersey Devils at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday after the Boston Bruins defeated the Florida Panthers.
Defenseman Jack Johnson scored the game-winner 56 seconds into overtime to give the Blue Jackets (37-35-4) their seventh straight win.
"What’s done is done," Johnson said. "We realize the reality of the situation, but you never strap on the gear trying to lose. We’ve been winning. We want to keep on winning and win every game we play. We want to go 6-0."
Mike Cammalleri scored twice for the Devils, including shorthanded with 2:29 left in the third period.
New Jersey (31-33-13), which was eliminated Sunday, has lost six straight games.
"It’s frustrating not to have the team rewarded with two points in these games," Devils goaltender Cory Schneider said. "We’ve been right in it or had a chance or gone to overtime but we just haven’t gotten it done."
"When [Johansen] started going behind the net, I was looking to take someone with me and kind of get lost and hopefully free him up for something," Johnson said. "Getting around the net, the next thing I knew was all by myself and David found me fast."
Johnson said the Blue Jackets were fueled by the disappointment of allowing a late goal.
"We didn’t get down at all," he said. "If anything we got mad giving up the shorthanded goal that late in the game. Our team reacted the right way."
Columbus coach Todd Richards said, "You should be angry giving up a goal at that stage."
"I followed the play up and tried to stay with the puck," Cammalleri said.
He knocked the puck out of the air and it settled in front of him.
"I gave it a whack with the backhand out of desperation," Cammalleri said.
Foligno, whose father Mike Foligno is a Devils assistant coach, scored his 27th goal at 1:49 when a New Jersey penalty was about to expire. He was parked in front and was able to get his stick on a shot by Alexander Wennberg to tie the score 1-1.
Dubinsky gave the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead at 4:44. He drew the penalty shot when a long rebound left by Bobrovsky came to him to start a breakaway. New Jersey forward Stefan Matteau slashed Dubinsky twice on the left arm to try to prevent a scoring attempt.
"I really didn’t get a shot on the first opportunity because I was slashed," Dubinsky said. "I was glad the ref called it."
Moving slowly toward the goal, Dubinsky beat Schneider glove-side with a wrist shot for his 10th goal.
"He came in at a good angle," Schneider said. "I just misread what he was going to do a little bit. I thought he might go blocker high glove. He put it in a tough spot there over the pad and under the glove. I was anticipating him putting it up high and he put it halfway."
That’s what Dubinsky planned all along.
"I beat [Schneider] blocker side the last time we played him and I had one there in the first period," he said. "He might be thinking I would go there again."
It was Dubinsky’s first penalty shot attempt in his 539th NHL game. Schneider has stopped eight of 10 attempts, including two of three this season.
"I’m disappointed in myself in not making the save," Schneider said. "I’ve had a pretty good career penalty-shot-wise."