COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Boone Jenner got his first career hat trick, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 shots and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Boston Bruins 7-4 on Tuesday night.
The Blue Jackets scored five unanswered goals to go up 5-1 before the Bruins came roaring back with three straight in a wild second period to make it a one-goal game. Zach Werenski’s first goal in 30 games provided Columbus some breathing room late, and Jenner’s empty-netter completed his hat trick with 47 seconds left.
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Josh Anderson had a career-high four points, and Werenski’s four were also a career high for the Blue Jackets, who had lost four of their last six games and are scrapping to stay above the Eastern Division wild-card line.
Brad Marchand had two goals and an assist, and Patrice Bergeron a goal and an assist to lead Boston, which lost its second game since stringing together a 20-game points streak. The Bruins stayed in second place behind Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division.
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Tuukka Rask had 19 saves on 24 shots before being replaced in the second period by Jaroslav Halak, who made nine more stops.
Both teams scored short-handed goals in the first period.
Ryan Dzingel’s goal in the first for Columbus was his career-high 23rd, and Matt Duchene scored in the second for the Blue Jackets. Chris Wagner got the other goal for Boston, pulling the Bruins within 5-3 before Marchand scored late in the second to make it a one-goal game.
NOTES: Columbus’ Artemi Panarin took offense at a slash by Boston’s Charlie McAvoy in the second period and both dropped the gloves and engaged. It was the second NHL fight for both. … Jenner returned after missing Monday’s game with an illness. … Boston D Matt Grzelcyk didn’t make the trip after suffering an upper-body injury in Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh. … Boston recalled F Trent Frederic recalled from Providence of the AHL on Tuesday. … Columbus has scored short-handed goals in two of the last three games.
Boston: At Winnipeg on Thursday.
Columbus: Hosts Carolina on Friday.