De­fense­men pro­vide boost with timely goals, as­sists

The Columbus Dispatch - - Sports - By Steve Gorten

In a stretch of 15 games from New Year’s Eve through Feb. 9, the Blue Jack­ets man­aged to score more than two goals in reg­u­la­tion just twice.

Since then, they’ve tal­lied three goals or more in 10 of 16 games, in­clud­ing all five dur­ing their cur­rent win­ning streak, and rank sev­enth in the NHL in goals scored (52) in that span. A 5-2 home win Mon­day against the Mon­treal Canadiens gave the Jack­ets 20 reg­u­la­tion goals dur­ing the win­ning streak, and de­fense­men can be largely cred­ited for the spike in of­fen­sive pro­duc­tion.

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