BOSTON (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have a simple reason for their recent success.
They are shooting the puck a lot more.
Boone Jenner scored two goals, Scott Hartnell had a goal and an assist, and the Blue Jackets beat the Boston Bruins 6-4 on Monday night.
“It’s something we’ve been preaching the last few weeks,” winger Matt Calvert said. “We never had enough shots. I think during our last little streak here we’ve been throwing a lot of pucks at the net. You get the bounces that way.”
William Karlsson, Brandon Saad and Dalton Prout also scored for the Blue Jackets, who avoided a sweep in the three-game season series by picking up a point for 10th time in their last 12 games (7-2-3).
Columbus goaltender Joonas Korpisalo made 26 saves.
“We just tried to play our own game,” he said. “We know it works.”
Matt Beleskey and Loui Eriksson each had two goals for Boston, which continued its inexplicable home woes. Backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson made 29 saves.
The Bruins were coming off an impressive 4-2 road trip, but they were unable to build on that momentum back at home. Boston is 20-7-3 away from TD Garden, and just 12-15-3 at home.
“Whatever curse we have at home, we can’t seem to find our energy or get the tempo of our game up,” Bruins defenseman Joe Morrow said. “It has to change sooner than later. We don’t have that much time left in the season to be able to turn it around. It’s pretty unacceptable.”
After Columbus squandered the lead twice, Karlsson’s eighth of the season put the Blue Jackets ahead to stay. He skated to a loose puck at the left circle, turned and whacked a shot that sailed past Gustavsson at 10:17 of the second period.
The Blue Jackets then made it 4-2 just more than 7 minutes later when Hartnell redirected a shot from the slot.
Beleskey redirected Kevan Miller’s shot between Korpisalo’s pads 2:52 into the third, but Saad scored with 5:31 to play.
Eriksson’s second cut it to 5-4 with 2:57 left, and Prout responded with an empty-netter. Eriksson’s goal was his seventh in seven games.
The Blue Jackets jumped ahead 1-0 when Jenner tipped Cam Atkinson’s shot past Gustavsson for a power-play goal 10:52 into the opening period.
Boston tied it less than 7 minutes later on Eriksson’s goal that withstood a coach’s challenge. Torey Krug fired a shot from the point and Eriksson’s right skate hit the left pad of Korpisalo before the puck went into the net. Eriksson was credited with his 22nd goal.
“Just get rid of the coach’s challenge,” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. “The whole being of the coach’s challenge is to get it right. It’s discouraging. That is a no-brainer call. If they do vote for it again, no coach’s challenge as far as this organization is concerned.”
Columbus regained the lead just 21 seconds into the second when Jenner unloaded a rising wrist shot from the slot, but the Bruins tied it on Beleskey’s goal at 2:57.
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