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Blue Jackets end skid with win over Stars

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

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Blue Jackets end skid with win over Stars
Dallas Stars 1, Columbus Blue Jackets 2
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

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.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
04:13
DAL
PPG - Philip Larsen (1) ASST: Alex Goligoski (3), Jamie Benn (1)
1 - 0 DAL
17:47
CBJ
Derek Dorsett (1) ASST: Fedor Tyutin (4), Artem Anisimov (1)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
01:22
CBJ
Vinny Prospal (2) ASST: James Wisniewski (1), Jack Johnson (1)
2 - 1 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
03:03
DAL
Philip Larsen  Boarding against  Colton Gillies
11:22
CBJ
Brandon Dubinsky  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
16:06
DAL
Eric Nystrom  Interference against  Jared Boll
18:29
DAL
Jordie Benn  Hi-sticking against  Derek Dorsett
2nd Period
02:41
CBJ
Artem Anisimov  Hooking against  Loui Eriksson
08:44
DAL
Vernon Fiddler  Hi-sticking against  Derick Brassard
08:44
DAL
Vernon Fiddler  Hooking against  Derick Brassard
09:26
DAL
Tom Wandell  Closing hand on puck
18:46
CBJ
Nikita Nikitin  Cross checking against  Jamie Benn
3rd Period
10:31
CBJ
Nikita Nikitin  Holding against  Jaromir Jagr
19:55
DAL
Jamie Benn  Boarding against  Artem Anisimov
19:55
DAL
Jamie Benn  Roughing against  Nikita Nikitin
19:55
CBJ
Nikita Nikitin  Roughing against  Jamie Benn
goalie stats
Kari Lehtonen
SA: 27TOI: 59:16
Saves: 25EV: 14 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: .926SH: 1 - 1
Sergei Bobrovsky
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 22 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .960SH: 1 - 1