02/20 20:56 CST Blue Jackets snap three-game skid on rare Harrington goal
Blue Jackets snap three-game skid on rare Harrington goal
By TOM CANAVAN
AP Sports Writer
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) --- Defenseman Scott Harrington broke a second-period tie
with his second goal of the season, and the slumping Columbus Blue Jackets
snapped a three-game losing streak and ended the New Jersey Devils' four-game
winning streak with a 2-1 decision on Tuesday night.
Boone Jenner also scored as the Blue Jackets moved into the second wild-card
position in the Eastern Conference with 65 points, one ahead of Carolina and
the Islanders. Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves in helping the Blue Jackets win
for the fifth time in 15 games (5-9-2).
Taylor Hall scored for the Devils to extend his point-scoring streak to 12
games, tying David Pastrnak of the Bruins for the league-high this season. He
also pushed his personal point-scoring streak to 19 games. He missed three
games with a thumb injury, so the league does not consider that to be part of
his current streak.
Keith Kinkaid had 17 saves for New Jersey, which holds the first wild-card spot
in the conference.
Harrington, who has three career goals, has scored both of his goals this
season at Prudential Center. The go-ahead goal was set up by Artemi Panarin,
who found the 24-year-old coming late on a rush. His shot from above the left
circle beat Kinkaid to the low corner.
Jenner gave the Blue Jackets the lead 5:19 after the opening faceoff.
Defenseman Zach Werenski had a shot off the goalpost, but Jenner stormed the
net and knocked the rebound into an open net.
Hall tied the game early in the second period with a length-of-the-ice rush
after collecting a loose puck along the boards in the Devils' zone. The left
wing got to the right circle in the Columbus zone and caught Bobrovsky cheating
to play a cross-ice pass. His shot slipped between the goaltender and the
goalpost for his 25th goal of the season.
NOTES: Injured Devils G Cory Schneider (groin-hip) skated for a second straight
day. ... Hall has a point in every game he has played in 2018. ... Columbus won
the season series 3-1. ... The Blue Jackets are 18-2-2 when leading after two
periods and 7-1 in their last eight games at Prudential Center. Devils C Nico
Hischier had his four-game goal scoring streak snapped.
Blue Jackets: Play Flyers in Philadelphia on Thursday night.
Devils: Host Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.
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