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Bjorkstrand, Blue Jackets defeat Devils

Forward scores first two NHL goals; Atkinson, Jenner tied for team lead with 25

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent

Bjorkstrand strikes again

NJD@CBJ: Bjorkstrand scores his second NHL goal

3/19/16: Oliver Bjorkstrand tallies his second NHL goal as he beats Yann Danis from the top of the circle, putting the Blue Jackets up 6-3

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COLUMBUS -- John Tortorella, coaching in his 1,000th NHL regular season game, still has things to learn, such as not putting too much into the head of Columbus Blue Jackets rookie center Oliver Bjorkstrand.

After Bjorkstrand was shuffled up and down the lines in his NHL debut Thursday, he settled into a spot at Nationwide Arena on Saturday and scored his first two goals in the third period to help the Blue Jackets defeat the New Jersey Devils 6-3.

"I think I really screwed him up last game because we had so many line combinations, so we focused on keeping the lines together," said Tortorella, who became the first U.S. born coach to reach the mark.

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Devils look for rare win against Blue Jackets

New Jersey has lost all three games to Columbus this season

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent

DEVILS (34-20-7) at BLUE JACKETS (28-34-8)

TV: 7 p.m. ET; MSG+ 2, FS-O, NHL.TV

COLUMBUS -- The New Jersey Devils need points to remain in the Stanley Cup Playoff race and will play the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Saturday, a team they haven't had success against this season.

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Tortorella to coach 1,000th NHL game

Will become first born in U.S. to reach mark when Blue Jackets host Devils

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- John Tortorella loves what he calls "the process'' of developing players and how it takes time to get results. 

He coached the Tampa Bay Lightning to the 2004 Stanley Cup in his third full season but said the steps to get there were more gratifying. 

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