Johnson's late goal lifts Blue Jackets over Lightning for 4th straight win
January 15, 2014, 12:05 am TWN
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Jack Johnson's power-play goal with 2:38 left lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in the NHL on Monday night for its season best fourth consecutive win.
Nathan Horton scored his 200th NHL goal also on a power play, and added an assist. Ryan Johanson also had a goal for Columbus, while Sergei Bobrovsky had 26 saves.
Alex Killorn and Victor Hedman had goals for Tampa Bay, and Anders Lindback stopped 25 shots.
The Blue Jackets had a man advantage for the sixth time after Tyler Johnson was called for hooking with 3:28 remaining. Just 50 seconds later, James Wisniewski fed Johnson for a hard shot that beat Lindback through heavy traffic in front, to break a 42-game drought.
Columbus dominated the rest of the way, with Wisniewski barely missing on an empty-net attempt with a minute left, and Matt Calvert and Brandon Dubinsky helping to keep the puck away from the hard-pressing Lightning.
In Raleigh, North Carolina, Karri Ramo made 22 saves in his first NHL shutout, and Mikael Backlund and Sean Monahan provided the offense in the Calgary Flames' 2-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes to win its first game in four.
Backland scored his seventh goal of the season for the Flames from a power play, before Monahan scored his 13th goal midway through the third period to add some insurance.
Jonathan Quick made 28 saves in his 27th NHL shutout, Dustin Brown scored early in the third period, and the Los Angeles Kings beat Vancouver 1-0 in Los Angeles for its fourth win over the Canucks this season.
Brown converted on a 3-on-1 rush just 24 seconds into the final period of a fight-filled game for the Kings, and Quick was unbeatable while making his fifth consecutive start since returning from a 24-game injury absence.
Elsewhere, the Winnipeg Jets made new coach Paul Maurice a winner on debut by routing the Phoenix Coyotes 5-1 at home.
Olli Jokinen, Eric O'Dell, Blake Wheeler, Michael Frolik and Devin Setoguchi scored for the Jets, while Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored for Phoenix, but that was the only shot that got past goalie Ondrej Pavelec.