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The Columbus Blue Jackets

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NEWARK New York Islanders Hoodies Authentic , N.J. — The Columbus Blue Jackets have spent virtually the entire season with a winning record and have attained it without a long winning streak.The Blue Jackets seek their season-high fourth straight win Sunday afternoon when they visit the New Jersey Devils.Columbus has been at .500 just twice and has owned a winning record since a 7-4 home victory over the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 25.Article continues below ...The Blue Jackets are on their second three-game winning streak after a 4-3 victory on Saturday in Philadelphia. Columbus also is 4-0-1 in its last five games after a big game from its top line of Artemi Panarin, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Cam Atkinson. Theycombined for eight points and were on the ice for each goal.The big day came after coach John Tortorella considered breaking up the trio on a day he conceded the Blue Jackets were not at their best.“That’s a really good line and has been a good line for us for a long time,” Tortorella said. “And I was going to break them up after three shifts today. Figure that one out.”Atkinson scored twice and has three goals in his last two games after going without a goal in his previous six. Dubois collected three assists for his fourth multi-point game of the season. Panarin had a goal and two assists for his third three-point game of the season.“It’s fun,” Atkinson said. “We are depended on to score goals as a line, and we take a lot of pride in that. It’s not always going to go your way. We’ve been getting a lot of scoring chances recently and haven’t scored, but to get on the scoresheet right away, I think it loosened us up a little bit and allowed us to play free. We expect to get on the ice and score goals.”The Blue Jackets played their second straight one-goal game after Atkinson scored the game-winner against New Jersey on a penalty shot in Thursday’s 2-1 victory.“The close games we’ve been in, even though we haven’t always gotten the result, I think we’ve played very well in them,” Tortorella said. “I think in the big picture as you go through the grind of the season New York Islanders Hats Authentic , you have to learn to win these games and play in them. If you’re fortunate enough to get involved in the playoffs, that’s what lots of games are going to be like.” New Jersey’s 31 points are last in the Eastern Conference. It is seeking consecutive wins for the first time since beating Pittsburgh and Philadelphia on Nov. 13-15. Since then, the Devils are 4-7-6 in their last 17 games.The Devils snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Friday night after losing 24 hours earlier in Columbus.Like the Blue Jackets, the Devils also received significant contributions from their top line as Taylor Hall, Kyle Palmieri and Nico Hischier combined for nine points.“It’s fun to see those guys when they’re going,” Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen said. “I don’t think there are many guys who can stop them if they keep playing like that and creating so many chances. It’s fun to watch.”Hall had two goals and two assists, giving him three goals and three assists since returning from a brief absence because of a lower body injury. Palmieri had a goal and two assists for his second three-point game of the season. Hischier posted his first multi-point game since Nov. 30.“I think everyone is sick of losing, and that might be our downfall at times, is people try to do too much, take the game over by themselves instead of working as a five-man unit and really getting through this as a team Custom New York Islanders Jerseys ,” Hall said. “Certainly tonight I had some jump, and I don’t think I touched the puck the first two shifts. But after that our line got rolling and started feeling good and made some plays.”Columbus is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings since the start of the 2015-16 season. NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Goaltending has been a soft spot for the New Jersey Devils as they tumbled into last place in the Eastern Conference.Rookie Mackenzie Blackwood might be the solution as they try to climb back into the playoff chase.Blackwood stopped 37 shots for his first shutout and Pavel Zacha scored short-handed as the Devils beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 on Saturday.It was the second straight victory for Blackwood, giving the Devils their first two-game winning streak since Nov. 13-15.“It’s huge,” said Blackwood. “It’s awesome. Everyone dreams about this kind of stuff. The challenge here is to just keep going, keep moving forward, keep having success.”The Devils certainly hope so. They are without Cory Schneider who remains sidelined with an abdominal strain. Keith Kinkaid, who helped backstop the Devils last season to their first playoff appearance in six years, hasn’t been as effective with a 12-10-6 record.Andy Greene added an empty-netter to seal the win with Zacha picking up an assist.Curtis McElhinney made 28 saves for the Hurricanes who have lost four of their last five.Once again, the power play fizzled for the Hurricanes. They went 0 for 5 with the man advantage , and have not scored a power-play goal in six straight games.“It’s really frustrating,” Sebastian Aho said. “All those chances and you just can’t score to help your team win. When you’re on the first power-play unit, it’s you job to score those goals.”Zacha broke a scoreless deadlock with 36 seconds left in the second period. He poked the puck away from Carolina’s Justin Faulk and sped into the Hurricanes’ zone. McElhinney made the initial stop and Zacha stayed with the play to collar the rebound and flip it into the net.“On the breakaway, I was trying to see what the goalie does but the puck was a little bit wobbly there, so I tried to shoot it,” Zacha said. “I was lucky I got a rebound back.”Carolina pressed for the equalizer in the third but couldn’t beat Blackwood. He stoned Aho with a pad save with about six minutes left to preserve the shutout.Teuvo Teravainen seemingly netted the tying goal with 1:58 left only to have the goal waved off for accidental goalie interference. The Hurricanes appealed the call, which was upheld by the video review.“I had no idea what was going to happen there,” Blackwood said.“You never know the way those go. It was fortunate enough to get waved off, and the boys battled all the way.”Justin Williams, the Hurricane closest to Blackwood New York Rangers T-Shirts Authentic , disagreed.“It’s upsetting. Very upsetting,” Williams said. “That’s how we have to score goals. Getting to the net and screening goaltenders. I was in front of the net. I didn’t feel him touch me and I didn’t feel I touched him.”The Hurricanes outshot the Devils 13-9 in the first period with most coming from the point or the perimeter. In the final seconds, Teravainen had one of the few good in-close chances, only to be denied by Blackwood.NOTES: Both teams were missing important forwards. For the Devils, Taylor Hall, last season’s Hart Trophy winner sat out a second straight contest with a lower-body injury. Jordan Staal remained sidelined for a third game for the Hurricanes with an upper body injury. … The game was delayed briefly in the first period when linesman Tim Nowak was struck by the puck and needed attention. He remained in the game. … The goal light in one end of the Prudential Center repeatedly malfunctioned, flashing when there was no puck in the net.UP NEXTHurricanes: Host Philadelphia on Monday.Devils: Host Vancouver on Monday.
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