Blue Jackets 4, Islanders 0: Drama-free victory
Columbus, OHIO- Boone Jenner and Mark Letestu each had a goal and an assist, and Sergei Bobrovsky posted his second shutout in three games as the Blue Jackets solidified their hold on the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with a 4-0 victory tonight over the New York Islanders in Nationwide Arena.
Defensemen Jack Johnson and Ryan Murray added power-play goals as the Jackets moved three points clear of New Jersey and Toronto for eighth place and pulled within a point of Detroit for the top wild-card slot. Brandon Dubinsky had two assists, and Bobrovsky turned aside 31 shots to earn his fifth shutout of the season and ninth career.
Anders Nilsson (29 saves) had his three-start winning streak halted for New York, which suffered its first regulation defeat in its past eight games (5-1-2). The Islanders allowed three power-play goals on six chances and suffered their sixth shutout of the season.
Jenner supplied Bobrovsky with the only goal he would need 4:26 into the opening period, racing in to poke Letestu's shot over the goal line after it got through Nilsson. Johnson doubled the advantage just more than 8 1/2 minutes later by whistling a one-timer from the top of the right circle past Nilsson.
Letestu and Jenner worked a perfect give-and-go midway through the second period, with the former burying a perfect feed into an open net on the Jackets' first shot of the session. Murray, in his second game back since missing nearly a month following knee surgery, capped the scoring with a straight-on slap shot with 67 seconds left in the period.
NOTES: Jenner's goal was his 14th of the season, the second-highest total for a CBJ rookie behind only Rick Nash's 17 in 2002-03. ... Dubinsky extended his point streak to four games and boosted his totals to 22 points in his past 20 games vs. the Isles.