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NHL: Columbus snaps Carolina’s five-game winning streak

Columbus Blue Jackets' Nikita Nikitin, left, of Russia, Boone Jenner, left center, and David Savard celebrate Jenner's goal as Carolina Hurricanes' Zach Boychuk, right, skates past during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets won 3-0. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

The Associated PRess

First published Jan 10 2014 10:53PM
Updated Jan 11, 2014 05:59PM

Columbus, Ohio • Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves and Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past Carolina 3-0 on Friday night, ending the Hurricanes’ season-best five-game winning streak.

Boone Jenner and Brandon Dubinsky also scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won three of four.

Playing his first game in front of the home fans after missing the first 40 games due to shoulder surgery, offseason free-agent acquisition Nathan Horton contributed with a first-period hit that led to Jenner’s goal.

The teams came in separated by five points in the Metropolitan Division, with the Hurricanes tied for fourth and the Blue Jackets in seventh.

Bobrovsky, who picked up his second shutout of the season, was making his first start at home in more than a month.

He missed 14 games with a strained groin before winning at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers, 4-3 in a shootout, on Monday night.

Capitals 3, Maple Leafs 2 • In Washington, Joel Ward scored the go-ahead goal with just over 8 minutes left in the third period, and Alex Ovechkin added a goal and an assist as the Washington Capitals edged the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Nicklas Backstrom also scored, and goalie Michal Neuvirth made 32 saves in his first game in seven weeks as the Capitals won on back-to-back nights for the fourth time this year.

Rangers 3, Stars 2 • In New York, Rick Nash snapped a tie with 1:58 left, and the New York Rangers sent the Dallas Stars to their fifth straight loss.

Nash poked a rebound of Chris Kreider’s shot past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen to give New York its first lead of the game.

Islanders 2, Avalanche 1 (OT) • In Denver, Michael Grabner knocked in a shot from the slot at 1:46 of overtime, giving the New York Islanders a win over the Colorado Avalanche.

It was the sixth road win in a row for the Islanders, who forced the overtime when Brock Nelson’s goal early in the third period evened the score.

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