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Blue Jackets score 7 goals in win against Islanders

Josh Anderson, Nick Foligno each has two goals; Joonas Korpisalo makes 24 saves for first shutout

by Craig Merz / Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- Josh Anderson and Nick Foligno each scored twice, and Joonas Korpisalo made 24 saves for his first NHL shutout to help the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 7-0 win against the New York Islanders at Nationwide Arena on Saturday.

"[Korpisalo] made some great saves in the first period to give us a chance to get our legs under us," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said.

Korpisalo was sent to Cleveland of the American Hockey League during the Blue Jackets' five-day break and made 20 saves for it in a 4-2 loss to Chicago on Wednesday.


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"That was huge for me, get some practice, just get a game and be ready for tonight," he said.

David Savard had a goal and two assists for Columbus (38-16-5). Boone Jenner had a goal and an assist, and Jack Johnson scored. Alexander Wennberg and Brandon Saad each had two assists.

Thomas Greiss was pulled after allowing three goals on 17 shots in the first period for New York (29-22-10), which had won three in a row. Jean-Francois Berube made 24 saves.

"Clearly we were pretty off today," Islanders captain John Tavares said. "What was disappointing the most was not giving ourselves a chance the way we competed. It wasn't mistakes or poor execution. We made it so easy to play against."

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Johnson got his third goal of the season with a shot from the left point that was redirected off Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy's stick at 5:19 of the first period to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead. Jenner poked in a loose puck for his 12th goal at 12:21 to make it 2-0. Foligno was set up at the edge of the crease by Wennberg for his 21st goal at 18:17 to make it 3-0.

Anderson scored twice in the second period, at 4:31 and 17:44, to make it 5-0. Foligno (at 6:06) and David Savard (13:30) scored in the third.


Goal of the game

The Blue Jackets transition game resulted in Jenner's pass from the right circle to Anderson for a one-timer inside the left post for Anderson's first goal.

Video: NYI@CBJ: Anderson fires one-timer past Berube


Save of the game

Korpisalo made an acrobatic save with the right pad on Leddy and Savard cleared the puck off Alan Quine's stick in front of the vacant net to start the rush that led to Anderson's first goal.


Unsung performance of the game

The defensive pairing of Johnson and Savard combined for two goals and two assists, and each was plus-5.


Highlight of the game

Jenner drove the net and poked in the puck after Greiss couldn't handle Cam Atkinson's shot. The puck barely preceded Jenner across the line in the first period.

Video: NYI@CBJ: Jenner races to net, sweeps in loose puck


They said it

"There's a lot of hockey left and with the body of work we've had lately, we've been pretty good. It's one game, but it's a good time for everyone to look at themselves in the mirror. Every game is so crucial this time of the year, you can't take anything for granted. We have to come ready to play and tonight was pathetic, really. The way we competed was not good enough." -- Islanders captain John Tavares


"It seemed to slip away from us pretty quickly. It felt like the harder we tried to get back, the worse it got." -- Islanders forward Josh Bailey


"I had to make a couple of bigger saves in the beginning. After that, the guys just took off and scored seven goals." -- Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo


"It's the last quarter of our season here. We had our rest. We wanted to come in and establish ourselves at home. The pace we played with, especially in the first period, is a pace we can bring." -- Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner


Need to know

Leddy was minus-4. … Blue Jackets forward Markus Hannikainen, recalled from Cleveland for the ninth time this season, assisted on the first goal. It was his first assist in eight games this season. … The Blue Jackets went 0-for-2 on the power play and are 1-for-22 in the past 10 games. The Blue Jackets were not penalized Saturday.


What's next

Islanders: At the Dallas Stars on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, MSG+2, NHL.TV)

Blue Jackets: At the New York Rangers on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; NHLN, MSG, FS-O, NHL.TV)


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