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NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Columbus



(Friday, December 6th)

Final Score: Columbus 4, Minnesota 0

Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Curtis McElhinney posted 20 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Columbus Blue Jackets dominated the Minnesota Wild, 4-0.

McElhinney is the No. 1 goaltender in Columbus for the next several weeks, as reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky is out with a groin strain he suffered in Tuesday's 1-0 victory over Tampa Bay.

The two goaltenders combined for 26 stops in the win, and McElhinney's shutout on Friday gave the team its first back-to-back shutouts since Nov. 2010.

"It felt great out there tonight," said McElhinney. "The guys did a real good job keeping them away from the front and did some hard work when we were killing penalties."

R.J. Umberger and Nick Foligno posted a goal and an assist, while Cam Atkinson and Boone Jenner also scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won three of four.

"It's been a good couple of games we've had here," said Umberger. "We've been putting a lot of hard work in practice, working on the power play and defense a lot and it's starting to pay off."

Niklas Backstrom gave up all four goals on 41 shots for the Wild, who had a two-game winning streak snapped.

"They had a lot of jump on us and we played into their game, turned the puck over way too much," said Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo. "We just didn't have any jump."

The first period passed without a goal, with Backstrom making nine saves and McElhinney seven, but Columbus got on the board 1:17 into the second period.

On a rush, Brandon Dubinsky sent a pass from the left side to the right wing where Atkinson fired a quick shot and the rolling puck floated into the right corner.

Just over four minute later while on the power play, the Blue Jackets took a 2-0 lead as Umberger sent a shot on net from the left side that was stopped, with Foligno eventually jamming home the rebound for his eighth of the year.

The Blue Jackets made it a 3-0 game at 4:38 of the third on a rush play as Blake Comeau sent a pass from the right wing to the left with Jenner wristing it past Backstrom for his third of the year.

On a 2-on-0 break, Umberger sent a lead pass for Foligno, who then sent a no- look pass behind his back to Umberger, who shot it home for a 4-0 lead.

Game Notes

Minnesota hosts San Jose on Sunday ... Columbus plays in Pittsburgh on Monday ... Minnesota took two of three from Columbus last season ... McElhinney has three shutouts in his career ... Columbus went 1-for-3 on the power play, while Minnesota was 0-for-4.

12/07 01:03:13 ET

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Boston 4/24 8:00 PM ET
Detroit NBCSN, TSN, NESN, FSN-DET
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Four. Boston leads series, 2-1.
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Minnesota CNBC, TSN2, Alt, FSN-N,WI
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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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