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Anderson lifts Blue Jackets past Jets in overtime

Forward scores with 2:22 remaining to give Columbus its best start

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets are getting that winning feeling again, just like last season.

Josh Anderson scored with 2:22 left in overtime for a 2-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets at Nationwide Arena on Friday.

The Blue Jackets (7-3-0) are off to their best start. They went 6-3-1 in 2007-08, and 5-3-2 last season when they set their record with 108 points.

 

[WATCH: All Jets vs. Blue Jackets highlights]

 

"These are the types of games we won last year," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "It's finding a way to win a game when it's there, when you're still involved in it. I'm thrilled with the win."

Winnipeg (4-3-2) lost both games of a back-to-back. They were defeated at the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in overtime on Thursday.

"With both going to overtime and coming up short both times it is disappointing, but if we continue to work like that we should be successful more often than not," said Jets goaltender Steve Mason, who made his first start since a 5-2 home loss to the Blue Jackets on Oct. 17.

Anderson's goal came after Mason stopped him at the crease. While Anderson went to the right corner to get the puck, Mason was trying to retrieve his dropped stick. Anderson moved around the goal and looped the left circle before shooting from the high slot.

Mason was unable to recover his stick and could not make the save.

"Once I got around the net I tried to put it on net," Anderson said. "I saw some guys in front and luckily it went in."

The goal would not have been possible if not for Sergei Bobrovsky's outstanding save 37 seconds earlier when he robbed Blake Wheeler at the edge of the blue.

Wheeler was alone and had Bobrovsky down, but the 2017 Vezina Trophy winner stuck out his glove and scooped up the puck.

"We didn't give them much but when we did, [Bobrovsky] made key saves at key times," Tortorella said.

Columbus defeated the Jets at Nationwide Arena for the first time in five games, dating to Nov. 12, 2011, but it took a comeback effort.

Brandon Tanev gave the Jets a 1-0 lead 4:52 into the first period.

Video: WPG@CBJ: Tanev jams home loose puck

Tanev intercepted a clearance by Jack Johnson and immediately shot on Bobrovsky, who got a piece of the puck but let it trickle behind him. Tanev followed his shot into the blue and poked it in for his second goal.

Columbus made it hard on themselves by having to kill three penalties in the first period.

"Once we started killing penalties, it woke us up," Tortorella said.

Cam Atkinson tied the score at 1-1 with 9:37 left in the third period with his fourth goal.

He was skating through the slot when a shot from the right point by Seth Jones hit Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers and squirted through a tangle of players. Atkinson swatted a backhander through the pads of Mason.

"If it's luck I'll take it," Atkinson said.

Mason made 35 saves, and Bobrovsky made 29.

The Blue Jackets went for 6-for-6 on the penalty kill and have killed all 16 at home this season.

"They're hard on it," Jets defenseman Tyler Myers said. "It seemed like anytime we got the puck they were right on us. It was tough to make a play."

 

Goal of the game

Anderson's goal at 2:38 of overtime.

Video: WPG@CBJ: Anderson wires home the game-winner in OT

 

Save of the game

Bobrovsky's save on Wheeler 2:01 into overtime.

Video: WPG@CBJ: Bobrovsky lays out to rob Wheeler in OT

 

Highlight of the game

Atkinson's goal at 10:23 of the third period.

Video: WPG@CBJ: Atkinson pots backhand to tie game in 3rd

 

They said it

"You want to put these points in the bank. You're not going to play [your] best game. There's going to be nights where you play an unbelievable game and you don't win. You find nights where you play like crap and find a way to win." -- Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson

 

"Both games were played against very quick teams. We're quite a bit further ahead than where we were a week ago in terms of playing with that speed." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice on playing the Penguins and Blue Jackets on consecutive nights 

 

Need to know

Former Blue Jackets forward Marko Dano replaced Joel Armia in the Jets lineup. … Winnipeg killed all four Columbus power plays after doing the same vs. the Penguins. ... Mason, who played 232 games for the Blue Jackets from 2008-13, has lost five times in Nationwide Arena, all either in a shootout or overtime. … Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky, who had 91 penalty minutes last season, was called for roughing in the first period for his first infraction of the season. He was penalized for interference in the second.

 

What's next

Jets: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NHL Network, SN, TVA Sports, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV)

Blue Jackets: At the St. Louis Blues on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-MW, FS-O, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Anderson, Bobrovsky power Jackets to 2-1 OT win

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