Blue Jackets beat Devils, with help from FolignoNick Foligno scored the game-winning goal with 91 seconds left when Ryan Johansen’s shot went in off his skate, giving the Columbus Blue Jackets a 5-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night. Cam Atkinson had two goals and two assists, Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and three assists and Matt Calvert also scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won their last four at home.
Damien Brunner scored twice and Travis Zajac and Michael Ryder also had goals for the Devils, who have lost four of five.
The Blue Jackets trailed 3-1 before scoring twice in 49 seconds in the second period against Martin Brodeur, who came in with a record of 7-2-2 with two shutouts, a 2.05 goals-against average and .916 save percentage against Columbus.
Calvert broke a 3-all tie when he scored on a rebound after Brodeur blocked Dubinsky’s shot 18 seconds into the third period.
The Devils, who dominated long segments of the final period, pulled even with 6:01 remaining when Patrik Elias’s shot went off goalie Curtis McElhinney’s mask. Brunner then wheeled and slapped the puck into the net. With 1:31 remaining, Johansen took a shot from the left dot that caught the skate of Foligno, shadowed by defenseman Anton Volchenkov, and skittered into the net. The Blue Jackets were playing their third game without last season’s Vezina Trophy-winning goalie, Sergei Bobrovsky. He strained a groin muscle in the third period of a 1-0 shutout of Tampa Bay a week ago.