Atkinson lifts Columbus in shootout

Updated: October 5, 2013

Uniondale, NY ( – Cam Atkinson scored in the fourth round of
the shootout to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets over the New York Islanders,
3-2, on Saturday.

Nick Foligno and Mark Letestu scored in the third period for the Blue
Jackets, who bounced back from a 4-3 loss to the Calgary Flames on Friday.

Reigning Vezina trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 28-of-30 shots for

Lubomir Visnovsky had a goal and an assist for the Islanders, who were coming
off a 4-3 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday. Matt Moulson also
lit the lamp.

Evgeni Nabokov turned aside 27-of-29 shots in defeat.

The Islanders got a power-play goal from Visnovsky at the 8:17 mark of the
second period. Visnovsky’s blast from the point got past Bobrovsky.

Moulson made it a 2-0 game with 5:59 left in the middle stanza. John Tavares’
backhand pass from the corner found Moulson in the slot. Moulson then used a
backhand shot to beat Bobrovsky.

Columbus finally got on the board at the 7:45 mark of the third frame. A
scramble for the puck in the slot ended with Letestu finding the back of the
net for a power-play goal.

Foligno put home a rebound at the 11:54 mark to make it a 2-2 game.

New York had a great chance to go back in front when Jack Johnson was called
for holding with 41 seconds left. Despite the power play carrying over to
overtime, the Islanders failed to score.

Nabokov and Bobrovsky made five and four saves, respectively, in the extra

Letestu scored in the second round of the shootout to give the Blue Jackets
the edge. Moulson scored in the next round to keep New York alive. Atkinson
then got the winner in the fourth round when he deked Nabokov, went around him
and slid the puck into the net.

Game Notes

Tavares had two assists … Each team went 1-for-2 on the power play … The
Blue Jackets have won three in a row against the Islanders.