NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Columbus|
(Tuesday, March 4th)
Final Score: Columbus 4, Dallas 2
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Artem Anisimov scored twice and Sergei
Bobrovsky made 31 saves to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-2 win over
the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.
Anisimov scored to cap a three-goal first period for the Blue Jackets and
found the net again with 4:07 left in the game after the Stars had climbed
within 3-2 with two goals in the first 3:22 of the third period.
The Russian center has scored in all four games since the Olympic break and
has six points in that span.
"Right now he might be as good as we've seen him play in a Columbus uniform,"
Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said of Anisimov, who is in his second season
with the team. "(He scored) two huge goals for us, especially that last one
the way the game was going."
Boone Jenner and R.J. Umberger also had goals for the Blue Jackets, who have
won three in a row. They were fresh off a 2-1 win over the Maple Leafs in
Toronto on Monday.
Dallas was also playing the tail end of a back-to-back, having beaten Buffalo
3-2 on Monday.
Earlier Tuesday, the Stars traded veteran defenseman Stephane Robidas to the
Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a conditional 2014 fourth-round draft pick.
Alex Goligoski and Trevor Daley scored in Dallas' first road game since Feb. 5
and Dan Ellis gave up four goals on 20 shots, including three on nine shots in
the first period.
It was Ellis' first outing since before the Olympic break.
Goligoski's power play goal from the right side came on a big rebound off Ray
Whitney's slap shot from the left circle for Dallas' first goal 1:39 into the
Stars defenseman Sergei Gonchar's wrist shot from inside the blue line was
deflected by Daley through a screen set by Alex Chiasson to draw the Stars
within 3-2 just 1:43 later.
But Anisimov gave the Blue Jackets some insurance with a scooped backhand
goal, his 18th of the season.
Jenner scored 74 seconds into the game on a wrister from the left circle to
spark Columbus' three-goal outburst in the first period.
Ellis said it's hard to replicate the speed of a game in practice -- something
that might have affected his play after such a long time off -- but insisted
he saw Jenner's shot.
"I saw it. He just beat me," said Ellis. "He put it right over my shoulder and
under the bar."
Umberger sticked around Gonchar to score from the slot at 11:29 and Anisimov's
power play goal 3:31 later also came from the slot after he collected a loose
puck off a rebound.
The teams will face each other again next Monday in Dallas. That meeting will
end a three-game homestand for the Stars that starts on Thursday against
Vancouver. It will complete a three-game road trip for the Blue Jackets that
starts Thursday in Chicago.
03/04 22:27:11 ET