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Bjorkstrand, Dansk lead Blue Jackets past Rangers

Sunday, 09.08.2013 / 9:17 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer / Traverse City Prospects blog

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Bjorkstrand, Dansk lead Blue Jackets past Rangers

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Forward Oliver Bjorkstrand, a 2013 third-round pick (No. 89), had a goal and an assist and goalie Oscar Dansk turned aside 21 shots to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-2 victory against the New York Rangers during round-robin action Sunday at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament.

Dansk, a 2012 second-round pick (No. 31), earned his first victory of the tournament for the Blue Jackets (2-1-0). Defenseman Ryan Murray (2012, No. 2) scored his second goal of the tournament and center Boone Jenner (2011, No. 37) chipped in with two assists. The Kerby Rychel (2013, No. 19)-Jenner-Bjorkstrand line combined for one goal and three assists.

"On my goal, it was early in the game and I had my legs," Murray told NHL.com. "I was falling off a bit at the end of the game, but I had an opportunity to jump into the rush there and just kind of whacked at it a couple of times and it ended up going in."

Murray and Austin Madaisky scored in the first to give Columbus a 2-0 edge. Bjorkstrand extended the lead to 3-0 off an assist from Jenner 12:24 into the second before white-hot Oscar Lindberg (2010, No. 57) pulled the Rangers within two goals off an assist from Danny Kristo (2008, No. 56).

Peter Sakaris' goal with just 1:12 left in the second gave the Blue Jackets a 4-1 lead and Josh Nicholls (2010, No. 182) tallied the final goal for the Rangers. There were four fights in the game, which totaled 70 minutes in penalties.

"These are all intense games so stuff like this is bound to happen," Murray said when asked about the fights. "There's a lot of intensity and emotion out there so I'm not surprised there were that many fights."

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