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, Ohio (AP) — In the third period, the game between the New Jersey Devils and the Columbus Blue Jackets came down to goaltenders — one making his first NHL start and the other a Vezina Trophy-winning veteran.It was fun to watch. Both performed admirably, even spectacularly, in a scoreless final period, enabling the Blue Jackets to hang on to a 2-1 lead and beat the Devils on Thursday night.Sergei Bobrovsky, the Columbus netminder, covered the just outside the goal line at least twice and stopped all five shots after New Jersey pulled its goalie for an extra skater with two minutes left, making the last of 29 stops as the final horn sounded. Half of those saves came in the third period.“He keeps us in games, and we count on him in big situations,” said Columbus winger Cam Atkinson, who scored on a penalty shot early in the second period. “You need your best players to be your best players, and he stepped up big time again for us tonight.”Mackenzie Blackwood, recalled from Binghamton of the AHL after starter Cory Schneider went on injured reserve with an abdominal strain, had an inauspicious start but found his footing. He finished with 36 saves and kept the Devils in it.“As the game wore on Custom Calgary Flames Jerseys
, he continued to get better, and I thought our team did also,” New Jersey coach John Hynes said.Taylor Hall scored for New Jersey, his 200th career NHL goal. The Devils have lost two straight and five of the last six (1-3-2).“To be honest, it’s pretty disheartening when you do play well and you’re not able to get a win, especially for a guy like Mackenzie who is coming in and playing his first game and played so well,” Hall said.“We found our game and played well and forced the issue at the front of the net but couldn’t get that equalizer.”The Blue Jackets won their second straight and ended a six-game homestand on a high note. They are 3-2-1 in that stretch and hung on to second place in the Metropolitan Division, two points behind Washington.Columbus victimized Blackwood 4:17 into the game. Foligno camped out just to the right of the net, waited for a pass from Pierre-Luc Dubois and tapped in a stunningly easy goal while Blackwood leaned the other way.Atkinson poked the puck between Blackwood’s pad and the post on a penalty shot early in the second, awarded because New Jersey’s Damon Severson hooked Atkinson on a breakaway.Hall went over the top of a diving Bobrovsky on a breakaway later in the second to make it a 2-1 game.NOTES: New Jersey F Marcus Johansson left the game with an injury in the second period and didn’t return. Hynes said he didn’t know Johansson’s condition. … Columbus F Artemi Panarin returned after sitting out Monday’s game with an unspecified injury. … Atkinson has 20 goals in six straight seasons, the second Blue Jackets player to do that. Rick Nash did it eight straight times from 2003 to 2012. … Blackwood became the sixth goalie in NHL history to face a penalty shot in his first NHL start. … Devils D Steven Santini played his first game since Oct. 20 when he broke his jaw against Philadelphia. … With an assist on Foligno’s goal, Dubois has seven goals and 11 assists in his last 18 games. … Hall has 10 points in in his last nine games.UP NEXT:Devils: Hosts Ottawa on Friday night.Blue Jackets: At Philadelphia on Saturday. LOS ANGELES (AP) — The lucky bounces necessary to overcome poor performances have been hard to come by for the Los Angeles Kings this season, but they got some much-needed breaks against the Arizona Coyotes.Dustin Brown scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and the Kings beat the Coyotes 2-1 on Thursday night.Jake Muzzin also scored for the last-place Kings, who have won a season-high four consecutive games. Jonathan Quick made 26 saves.“To get three www.hurricanesshoponline.com
, four in a row is really good for I think the feeling in the room, the energy level,” Brown said. “I think we have to find a way to use that and keep the momentum going the right way.”Jakob Chychrun had a power-play goal and Darcy Kuemper stopped 24 shots for the Coyotes, who won their previous two.Brown put the Kings ahead 2-1 just 17 seconds into the third with a shot from the right circle past Kumper’s left shoulder. Brown has scored a team-leading 10 goals in 27 games after missing the start of the season because of a broken finger, but it was just his second goal in the past 13 games.The Coyotes controlled play in the second period and felt they had the Kings in trouble, only for Brown to get an angle on Kuemper after Drew Doughty took the puck from Derek Stepan in the neutral zone.“We felt like our legs were there and we felt like maybe theirs were getting a little tired, so we wanted to go out for a big third,” Chychrun said. “Obviously, that’s not the way you want to start a period so we were kind of behind the eight-ball in that third period. Got some chances, but just couldn’t bear down.”The Kings hoped that getting at least one point for the fifth straight game represented a turning point, especially after playing their worst game in that stretch.“Tonight, we have to be honest with ourselves that we weren’t very good, especially in the second,” Brown said. “We were lucky to get out of it Custom Chicago Blackhawks Jerseys
, whereas the other three previous games I thought we played a really solid 60 minutes. But we found a way to win, and, again, that’s something our team needs to learn how to do. Sometimes you’re not going to win every game or you shouldn’t win some games, and good teams find ways to win those.”Nick Cousins had an apparent Coyotes goal overturned in the second period for making incidental contact with Quick prior to scoring.The Kings tied it 1-all at 18:39 of the first when Muzzin’s shot deflected off three Coyotes, ultimately striking the cheek of defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson and caroming in.Kyle Clifford had the secondary assist for his 100th career point.“There’s nothing you can do about it,” Chychrun said. “You’ve just got to move on from it. Those bounces are going to happen. It’s the way you respond.”The Coyotes took a 1-0 lead at 15:27 on Chychrun’s second power-play goal of the season, a slap shot over Quick’s left shoulder.But the Kings still found a way to improve their record when allowing the first goal to 4-17-2.“Today looked like a game after Christmas,” Los Angeles coach Willie Desjardins said. “It wasn’t our best game. Certainly wasn’t Phoenix’s either, but I think we can play better. If we want to keep sustaining, though, we’ll have to play better than we did tonight for sure.”NOTES: Coyotes C Brad Richardson (flu) did not play. .. Kings C Jeff Carter didn’t play because of an upper-body injury and is day-to-day. … Coyotes forward Vinnie Hinostroza practiced Thursday and could play against Anaheim on Saturday, coach Rick Tocchet said. Hinostroza has not played since Dec. 6 because of a lower-body injury.UP NEXTCoyotes: At the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.Kings: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.