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Panarin's five-point game leads Blue Jackets past Devils
Friday, December 08, 2017
Final Score: COLUMBUS 5, NEW JERSEY 3
 
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NEWARK, N.J. -- Following Columbus' 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, Friday's rematch between these Metropolitan Division rivals did not start the way the Blue Jackets hoped.

However, a five-point effort from Artemi Panarin ultimately lifted the Blue Jackets to a 5-3 victory over the Devils at the Prudential Center.

Tied 3-3 early in the third period, Alexander Wennberg scored only his second goal of the season, snapping a 17-game drought, at the 1:32 mark. If that was not surprising enough, the goal was just the eighth all season Columbus scored on the power play. It proved to be the game-winner.

Zach Werenski put the game away, scoring a 4-on-4 goal at 15:02 to make it 5-3.

Panarin earned the primary assist on all five Columbus goals, tying the franchise records for most points and assists in one game.

Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 21 saves for the Blue Jackets, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Cory Schneider made 23 saves for the Devils, who are just 2-3-2 in their last seven home games.

In a game of wild momentum swings, the Devils sprinted to a 2-0 lead in the first period, before rallying to tie the score 3-3 on Blake Coleman's goal shortly before the second intermission.

Brian Boyle rifled his fifth goal of the season and fourth in the past seven games past Bobrovsky to open the scoring at 8:29 of the first. Bobrovsky then reacted slowly when Marcus Johansson beat him on a wraparound six minutes later to make it 2-0 Devils at 14:10.

Columbus roared back, though, scoring three straight goals -- all assisted by Panarin -- to start the second period.

Panarin stole the puck in the offensive zone and fed Pierre-Luc Dubois for his fifth goal at 2:29.

At 5:54, Panarin intercepted an Andy Greene pass at center ice, and quickly fed Lukas Sedlak, who beat Schneider for his third goal, tying the score 2-2.

The Blue Jackets took their first lead at 14:13 of the second period when Scott Harrington scored his first goal since Jan. 22 of last season off a gorgeous cross-ice pass by Panarin.

New Jersey answered when Coleman scored his first goal in 15 games with 19.9 seconds to play in the second period.

NOTES: D Markus Nutivaara returned to the Blue Jackets' lineup after missing two straight games with an upper body injury. ... The Blue Jackets scratched D Gabriel Carlsson and C Tyler Motte. ... The Devils scratched C Pavel Zacha, D Ben Lovejoy and D Dalton Prout.

 
 
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