NYI
34-37-11
CBJ
43-32-7

26 SOG
29 SOG

Blue Jackets' top line shines in ending a five-game skid

Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com | Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 10:51 PM

THE RUNDOWN

Aaaaaaaaand, exhale.

One day after a lengthy team meeting before practice - one that, in the words of many players, got everyone back on the same page - the Blue Jackets emphatically ended a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders. They got seven points (three goals, four assists) from their new-look No. 1 line of Cam Atkinson, Ryan Johansen and Brandon Dubinsky, and scored three unanswered goals in the third period to pull away from the Islanders, who hung around in this game thanks to some miscues by the Jackets.

Columbus got it started on a much better note, too, scoring the opening goal at 6:25 (a power play tally) off the stick of Dubinsky, giving the Blue Jackets their first lead in over 287 minutes of game time. That was one of their goals entering the game: start the game on time, play with energy and get a lead and play from in front.

The Islanders answered late in the first, taking a Jackets turnover and converting on a 3-on-2 rush the other way with less than a minute to play in the opening period. Johansen, with a nifty move on the breakaway, made it 2-1 Columbus at 9:27 of the second period before New York answered again; Thomas Hickey's first goal of the year deflected off Johansen's stick in the high slot and over Bobrovsky four minutes later.

With the game very much up for grabs in the third period, the Blue Jackets made sure they were first to pounce.

RJ Umberger gave the home team a 3-2 lead just 27 seconds into the third period, re-directing a Wisniewski wrist shot from the right wall through Nabokov - and it really set the tone for the final 19 minutes. And the most encouraging sign? They stayed on the attack.

Atkinson made it 4-2 with a backhand put-back at 3:24 to finish off a great three-way combination between the top line. Johansen sent a backhander into the crease, Nabokov kicked it out into traffic and Atkinson buried his fourth goal of the season.

Sergei Bobrovsky, coming off one of his best efforts of the season on Thursday, was solid again. For good measure, he picked up the primary assist on James Wisniewski's 190-foot empty net goal with 1:08 left.

PIVOTAL MOMENT

Umberger's goal was not only the game-winner, but arguably the most important tally of the game. The Blue Jackets had put together their best second period of the season (firing 14 shots at Nabokov) and needed to put the pedal down in the third. His third of the season started the final stanza on the right foot, and the Blue Jackets took his lead the rest of the way.

THREE STARS

1. RYAN JOHANSEN (CBJ)

The 21-year-old appears to be coming into his own, and tonight's performance was indication of just how dominant he can be. Johansen anchored the Jackets' top line, registered a goal and two assists, and helped his team really push the pace in the third period.

2. BRANDON DUBINSKY (CBJ)

What else can you say? No one wanted to have a big effort tonight more than Dubinsky and help get his team back on track; he played 19:45, put up a monster three-point effort and really drove the bus for Columbus tonight.

3. RJ UMBERGER (CBJ)

He scored the game-winner, played nearly 17 minutes and took four shots on goal as part of a new-look trio with Anisimov and Gaborik. His presence at the front of the net was the direct cause of the game deciding goal.

WHAT'S ON TAP?

at WASHINGTON CAPITALS

TUESDAY, 7 P.M.

VERIZON CENTER

1st2nd3rdT
NYI
CBJ
Scoring Summary
1st Period
06:25CBJ PPG - Brandon Dubinsky (4) ASST: Mark Letestu (3), Fedor Tyutin (5) 1 - 0 CBJ
19:25NYI Frans Nielsen (9) ASST: Eric Boulton (2), Andrew MacDonald (5) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
09:27CBJ Ryan Johansen (5) ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (8) 2 - 1 CBJ
13:30NYI Thomas Hickey (1) ASST: John Tavares (11), Matt Donovan (3) 2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
00:27CBJ PPG - R.J. Umberger (3) ASST: James Wisniewski (11), Ryan Johansen (5) 3 - 2 CBJ
03:24CBJ Cam Atkinson (4) ASST: Ryan Johansen (6), Brandon Dubinsky (9) 4 - 2 CBJ
18:52CBJ EN - James Wisniewski (2) ASST: Sergei Bobrovsky (1), Cam Atkinson (3) 5 - 2 CBJ
Three Stars of the Game
Ryan Johansen
1st
Ryan Johansen
C
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:00
Brandon Dubinsky
2nd
Brandon Dubinsky
C
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 6
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:45
RJ Umberger
3rd
R.J. Umberger
LW
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 16:43
Penalty Summary
1st Period
04:31NYI Evgeni Nabokov  Tripping against  Marian Gaborik
06:57CBJ Blake Comeau  Hi-sticking against  Matt Carkner
16:14NYI Peter Regin  Cross checking against  Blake Comeau
2nd Period
04:37NYI Michael Grabner  Tripping against  Michael Chaput
11:45CBJ Artem Anisimov  Roughing against  Matt Carkner
11:45NYI Matt Carkner  Roughing against  Artem Anisimov
3rd Period
00:15NYI Travis Hamonic  Slashing against  Jack Johnson
shots by period
PeriodNYICBJ
1st92
2nd714
3rd1013
Total2629
Team Stats
CategoryNYICBJ
Power Plays0/12/4
Hits2030
Faceoff Wins2637
Giveaways02
Takeaways13
Blocked Shots139
Penalty Minutes104
  • NY ISLANDERS
  • COLUMBUS
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3T. HamonicD0014224:20
7M. CarknerD0001214:57
12J. BaileyL0000017:36
13C. McDonaldR00-11014:19
14T. HickeyD1002019:21
16P. ReginC0000211:53
17M. MartinL00-13017:48
21K. OkposoR00-11019:20
26T. VanekL000000:23
36E. BoultonL011109:59
40M. GrabnerR00-11216:32
46M. DonovanD01-11018:25
47A. MacDonaldD01-10024:07
51F. NielsenC1003015:40
53C. CizikasC0002013:29
55A. NessD00-10017:39
91J. TavaresC01-13021:13
96P. BouchardC0003016:01
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
20E. Nabokov2428.85758:42
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6N. NikitinD00-11017:54
7J. JohnsonD0001020:54
10M. GaborikR00-13017:12
13C. AtkinsonR1136017:51
14B. ComeauL0003212:43
17B. DubinskyC1212019:45
18R. UmbergerC1004016:43
19R. JohansenC1212018:00
21J. WisniewskiD1122023:02
24D. MacKenzieC0010012:43
27R. MurrayD0021018:45
39M. ChaputC0000011:38
40J. BollR00-10010:12
42A. AnisimovC0000216:13
43S. CollinsC000309:56
47D. ProutD00-10017:34
51F. TyutinD0100019:43
55M. LetestuC0101015:15
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
72S. Bobrovsky2426.92359:57