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COLUMBUS — Jake Oettinger Made 27 saves for the Dallas Stars in a 2-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jacks on Monday at Nationwide Arena.

Wyatt Johnston and: Jason Robertson scored for the Stars (19-8-6), who went 3-1-1 on the five-game road trip.

“Tough journey. We kept it pretty peanut butter and jelly, pretty simple,” Dallas Capt Jamie Benn said: “Their goalie was really good. We were seeing him for the first time. And then Jake being Jake, he comes to play every night and fights for us and gives us a chance.

“I thought we got a really good look at them. They had hit several pillars, or perhaps more than a few.’

Kent Johnson scored a goal and Daniil Tarasov Made 32 saves for the Blue Jackets (10-19-2), who have snapped four straight at 14-4 and visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.

“There are a lot of guys here who can score goals,” Columbus forward Gustav Nyquist said: “We have to hold back when we get those opportunities.”

Johnston gave Dallas a 1-0 lead 55 seconds into the second period when he scored on a deflected shot off a rebound. Ryan Suter struck for his eighth goal.

“I just tried to get open and the box just came to me and I just tried to put it in,” Johnston said. “We played a lot of good teams on this trip, so I think we did a really good job of playing in some tough buildings and scoring points.”

Video. [email protected] Johnston scored the first goal of the game

The Blue Jackets nearly tied the score at 1-1 1:00 into the third period on the power play when the shot went in. Marcus Bjork suggested Jack Roslovich off the right record.

Nyquist hit the left post at 17:23.

“I celebrated a little early there,” Nyquist said. “I thought it was in.”

Robertson ended a seven-game scoring drought with his 24th empty-net goal at 18:53 to make it 2-0.

Johnson scored with 15 seconds left to make it 2-1. The rookie forward has seven goals.

“I thought the first period was a little sloppy,” Stars coach Pete DeBoer said. “I thought we stepped up defensively in the second and third games. We just couldn’t extend the lead to really put them in a hole. We have to give them credit for turning around all the way.

“Every time you win a game like this, you learn some things and guys get into situations. I liked our patience…

Tarasov made his third consecutive start Joonas Korpisalo out the last five games with a lower-body injury and Elvis Merzlikins at bat (4-8-0, 4.68 goals-against average, .864 save percentage).

“Most goaltenders want to get into a rhythm if they can,” Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen said. “That was a big reason I wanted to see him. He looked very comfortable tonight. Every time you see him out there, he seems more comfortable.”

Tarasov made 26 saves in the first two quarters.

“I try to do everything to help the boys,” he said. “Sometimes it doesn’t happen, so I just keep working on it.”

NOTES: Columbus striker Yegor Chinakhov did not return after suffering a lower-body injury 1:20 into the first period with Dallas on offense Joel Kiwiranta fell on the back of the left knee. Larsen had no update. … Oettinger, who turned 24 on Sunday, played in his 100th NHL game. He is 54-27-11, second most in his first 100 games in Stars/Minnesota North Stars history behind Ed Belfour (60). … Six of Johnston’s eight goals have come on the road, ahead of only the Seattle Kraken Matty Benniers (7) among newcomers. … Stars Ahead Riley Taft Had one shot and two shots in 12:04 on Dec. 12 after being recalled by Texas of the American Hockey League. … Blue Jackets forward Josh Dunn Played 4:36 in his first NHL game since April 25, 2021. He was recalled from Cleveland of the AHL on Monday to be replaced. Boone Jenner, who will undergo surgery on his thumb on Tuesday and is expected to miss four weeks. … before Columbus Carson Meyer 12:08 made three shots and three shots at the spot Cole Sillingerwho suffers daily from an upper body injury.



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