|ATL||2||0||1||(0 - 0)||3|
|CBJ||1||1||2||(0 - 0)||4|
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Nikita Filatov scored his second of the game with 4:53 remaining to send the Columbus Blue Jackets off to Sweden - where they will open the regular season - on a high note with a 4-3 victory over the winless the Atlanta Thrashers 4-3 on Saturday night.
The Blue Jackets rallied from a two-goal, third-period deficit in the final NHL preseason game for both teams.
Gliding patiently down the right wing, Filatov waited for a defenseman to drop to the ice to defend him and banked in a shot off goalie Chris Mason.
Huselius also had a goal, and Rick Nash added two assists for Columbus (4-4-0), which left for Europe after the game. The Blue Jackets play an exhibition game Tuesday against Malmo before opening the regular season Oct. 8 in Stockholm against San Jose.
Tobias Enstrom had a goal and two assists, and Freddy Meyer and Nigel Dawes also scored for Atlanta (0-5-1). The Thrashers begin their 2010-2011 campaign Oct. 8 against visiting Washington.
Steve Mason made 29 saves for Columbus. Mason had 25 for Atlanta.
Meyer opened the scoring with a shot from the right point at 2:50 of the first period. Filatov responded just 1:12 later, converting a 2-on-1 rush with Vermette.
Working the power play, Enstrom scored on another point shot to make it 2-1 at 18:07.
Huslius tied it late in the second period on a long shot from the top of the left circle. Dawes stuffed home his own rebound to give Atlanta the lead at 8:24 of the third.
|Freddy Meyer (1) Slapshot - ASST: Tobias Enstrom (1)|
1 - 0 ATL
|Nikita Filatov (1) Snap shot - ASST: Antoine Vermette (1), Rick Nash (1)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Tobias Enstrom (1) Slapshot - ASST: Bryan Little (1), Chris Thorburn (1)|
2 - 1 ATL
|Kristian Huselius (1) Snap shot - ASST: RJ Umberger (1), Anton Stralman (1)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Nigel Dawes (1) Tip-in - ASST: Alexander Burmistrov (1), Tobias Enstrom (2)|
3 - 2 ATL
|Antoine Vermette (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Kristian Huselius (1), Rick Nash (2)|
3 - 3 Tie
|Nikita Filatov (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Ethan Moreau (1), Nate Guenin (1)|
4 - 3 CBJ
|Eric Boulton Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Jared Boll|
|Jared Boll Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Eric Boulton|
|Tobias Enstrom Hi-sticking - 2 min against Derick Brassard|
|Nate Guenin Tripping - 2 min against Freddy Meyer|
|Antoine Vermette Tripping - 2 min against Freddy Meyer|
|Ethan Moreau Hi-sticking - 2 min against Arturs Kulda|
|Anthony Stewart Roughing - 2 min against Jared Boll|
|Jared Boll Charging (maj) - 5 min against Andrew Ladd|
|Evander Kane Hi-sticking - 2 min against Rostislav Klesla|
|Alexander Burmistrov Cross checking - 2 min against Ethan Moreau|
|SA: 29||TOI: 58:47|
|GA: 4||SV%: .862|
|SA: 32||TOI: 60:00|
|GA: 3||SV%: .906|