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Bjorkstrand scores 2 in first game back, lifts Blue Jackets 2-1 to fifth straight win

In his first game back since being placed on injured reserve in December, Oliver Bjorkstrand scored two goals for Columbus, lifting the Blue Jackets to a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers on Sunday.
New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) hits the ice as Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (28) looks for his next move during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK (AP) — Oliver Bjorkstrand scored his second goal of the game with 26.5 seconds left to lift Columbus Blue Jackets over the New York Rangers 2-1 for their fifth straight win.

Bjorkstrand was playing for the first time after 13 games with an oblique injury. He tied it 6:08 into the third period, then put the winner past goalie Igor Shesterkin for his 14th goal of the season.

Columbus rookie Matiss Kivlenieks made his first NHL start and stopped 31 shots.

The surging Blue Jackets are 15-2-4 since Dec. 9.