Bo­brovsky stars as Blue Jack­ets power past Caps

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>> WASH­ING­TON: The Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets’ NHL-worst power play scored twice and Sergei Bo­brovsky made 33 saves in a 2-1 vic­tory over the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals on Fri­day night.

Oliver Bjork­strand scored in his re­turn to the line-up and An­thony Du­clair had his sev­enth goal of the sea­son for Colum­bus, who have three power-play goals dur­ing their twogame win­ning streak. They en­tered the night 7 of 59 on the power play, an 11.9 per­cent con­ver­sion rate.

Bo­brovsky bailed his team­mates out on a turnover-filled night that saw him face 34 shots. Fel­low Vez­ina Tro­phy win­ner Braden Holtby did the same for Wash­ing­ton, stop­ping 34 shots.

Matt Niska­nen had a power-play goal for the de­fend­ing Stan­ley Cup cham­pi­ons Cap­i­tals.

John Tavares scored his ninth goal of the sea­son, Pa­trick Mar­leau had his 600th NHL as­sist and hosts Toronto beat New Jersey 6-1.

Nazem Kadri, Con­nor Brown, An­dreas Johns­son, Mor­gan Rielly and Tyler En­nis also scored, and Fred­erik An­der­sen made 38 saves. Toronto im­proved to 11-5-0 with their third straight vic­tory.

Mar­leau was in­volved in Kadri’s goal, be­com­ing the 88th NHL player to reach the 600 as­sist mile­stone. The only other ac­tive player with 600 as­sists is San Jose’s Joe Thorn­ton with 1,032. Mar­leau scored on a late tip but the goal was waved off on re­view be­cause of a high stick. Travis Za­jac scored for New Jersey. Dy­lan Larkin scored with 5.1 sec­onds re­main­ing in over­time to lift hosts Detroit past New York 3-2.

An­dreas Athana­siou, who had tied the game with 2:02 min­utes re­main­ing in the third pe­riod, back­handed a pass to Larkin, who redi­rected the puck past Hen­rik Lundqvist for his sev­enth goal of the sea­son. The Rangers led 2-0 af­ter two pe­ri­ods but had their fourgame win­ning streak snapped.

Detroit have won five of six af­ter win­ning just one of their first 10 games.

Kevin Shat­tenkirk and Neal Pionk scored 40 sec­onds apart dur­ing an ex­tended New York power play late in the sec­ond pe­riod, but Justin Ab­delka­der be­gan the Detroit rally with a goal early in the third.

Blue Jack­ets goal­tender Sergei Bo­brovsky stops the puck dur­ing the third pe­riod.

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