Bruins Blasted by Blue Jackets

Connauton helps lead Blue Jackets over Bruins 6-2

       COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Kevin Connauton had a goal and two assists and the Columbus Blue Jackets scored four times in the second period for a 6-2 win against the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.

        Scott Hartnell, in his first game back after missing five games with a broken finger, scored the Blue Jackets’ first two goals for a 2-1 lead early in the second. Nick Foligno and Connauton made it 4-1 before Craig Cunningham scored for the Bruins (18-15-3). Matt Calvert regained the three-goal lead with 51 seconds left in the second.

        Jeremy Morin added a goal for Columbus in the third.

        Patrice Bergeron scored in the first period for the Bruins, 20 seconds after Hartnell had given the Blue Jackets (15-16-3) a 1-0 advantage.

        Columbus backup goalie Curtis McElhinney made 26 saves. He replaced Sergei Bobrovsky, who did not play because of a stomach virus. Boston backup Niklas Svedberg stopped 12 of 15 shots before being pulled for Tuukka Rask, who also had 12 saves.

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