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NEWARK, N.J. -- Cam Atkinson scored in the third round of a shootout to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 win against the New Jersey Devils on Friday at Prudential Center.
Adam Henrique scored 5:45 into the third period, his first goal in 13 games, to pull the Devils into a 1-1 tie. Marek Zidlicky entered the Columbus zone down his right wing before sliding a pass in the slot to Elias. He deftly directed a shot on McElhinney and the rebound skittered to Henrique, who was crashing the crease from the left hash.
The victory was the third straight for the Blue Jackets (17-17-4), who jumped one point ahead of the Devils (15-17-7) into fifth place in the Metropolitan Division. Columbus will return to Nationwide Arena to face the Eastern Conference leading Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday before a four-game road swing.
The Devils, who travel to face the New York Islanders on Saturday, have lost two straight and are 1-2-1 over the past four. New Jersey will play five of its next seven games at Prudential Center.
McElhinney's best save in the second period came with the Blue Jackets on the penalty kill at 6:15. Zidlicky received a pass in the left circle and unleashed a slap shot from 30 feet that the goalie calmly turned away with his right pad. It was the last of four saves he made in the second; the Columbus defense held the Devils without a shot over the final 13:45 of the period.
Brodeur was called upon to make 10 saves in the second to keep the Devils within striking distance. His best stop came at 1:24 when he denied Cam Atkinson on a breakaway when he flared his right pad. Brodeur finished with 29 saves, and McElhinney had 16 stops.
Chants of "Marty! Marty!" continued in the third period when Brodeur denied Fedor Tyutin's quick snap shot with the right pad to keep the game even at 10:35. Brodeur made nine saves in the period.
The Blue Jackets, who appeared sharper and more mentally focused from the start, took a 1-0 lead in the first period when Artem Anisimov scored his 11th of the season at 7:34. Atkinson made the play happen with a strong move down his right wing before feathering a pass to Brandon Dubinsky in the slot. Brodeur stopped Dubinsky's attempt with his right pad but Anisimov knocked in the rebound off his backhand while being closely guarded by Steve Bernier.
New Jersey's best chance came late in the period when Reid Boucher jammed at a rebound but missed with less than three minutes to go. Bernier had another good opportunity at the right post off a rebound off a left-point shot by Anton Volchenkov with less than a minute left, but McElhinney was in position.
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|Travis Zajac Hooking against James Wisniewski|
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|SA: 17||TOI: 65:00|
|Saves: 16||EV: 11 - 12|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 4|
|SV%: .941||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 30||TOI: 64:57|
|Saves: 29||EV: 21 - 22|
|PIM: 0||PP: 6 - 6|
|SV%: .967||SH: 2 - 2|
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