Somewhere in the skies between Pittsburgh and Columbus late Monday, Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson could tell his linemate, center Brandon Dubinsky, was ready to make amends for his mistake. Late in a 2-1 loss to the Penguins, Dubinsky was ejected for arguing with NHL officials, keeping him in the dressing room while the Blue Jackets tried in vain to mount a comeback. “We talked about it on the plane; he and I sit next to each other,” Atkinson said. “He was upset about (Monday) night. As soon as he got to the rink today, he was pretty jacked up to play. You could tell by his emotion, the way he was talking before the game.” It must have been contagious. Dubinsky and Atkinson each had the first four-point games of their careers, scoring a flurry of goals early in the second and third periods to help the Blue Jackets overcome an early two-goal deficit and beat the New Jersey Devils 5-4 before an announced crowd of 11,905 at Nationwide Arena. Nick Foligno’s goal with 1:31 remaining — it was a Ryan Johansen pool-cue shot off Foligno’s right skate — put the Blue Jackets on top for good. Curtis McElhinney, in his third game for injured starter Sergei Bobrovsky, had 30 saves, 17 of them in the third period. The Blue Jackets took advantage of a rare off night by Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, who had 18 saves on 23 shots. “It was a pretty sloppy game,” said Atkinson, who had two goals and two assists. “But it was good to get some bounces. It’s been a while since we’ve gotten some of those.” One night after losing his cool, a contrite Dubinsky — with one goal, three assists — took it out on the Devils.
Blue Jackets rally from two-goal deficit versus Devils to win, 5-4
Columbus Dispatch | Dec 11