FLA
38-26-18
CBJ
29-46-7

31 SOG
29 SOG

Blue Jackets 4, Panthers 1

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Assured of the worst record in the NHL, the Columbus Blue Jackets met a simple goal with their second straight victory over a playoff team.

Defenseman Nikita Nikitin scored twice and had an assist, R.J. Umberger also had two goals, and Allen York made 30 saves in the Blue Jackets' 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.

Nikitin followed a two-assist game in a victory over Detroit on Wednesday night with goals in the second and third periods. Umberger scored in the first and added an empty-netter with 47 seconds to play.

"It's definitely something we talked about, coming off a high like that game against Detroit," Blue Jackets forward Derek Dorsett said. "We definitely wanted to respond."

Tomas Kopecky spoiled Allen York's shutout bid, scoring off a rebound with 7:57 left in the third.

"Once it went in I was thinking, `Let's win the game,"' York said. "A shutout would be nice but I'm not playing for shutouts, I'm playing for wins."

York made 29 saves against Detroit for his first NHL win in eight games and was stellar against a Florida team that lost in overtime at Minnesota on Thursday night.

"We looked tired for one," Florida coach Kevin Dineen said. "We looked tight and certainly there were some coaching mistakes that happened that obviously get hung on me. That's the state of things right now."

The Panthers remained four points ahead of Washington in the race for the Southeast Division title. Florida also is four points behind Boston for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson said the team didn't overlook the Jackets.

"Their guys out there are battling for jobs next year, for pride," he said. "They're taking it seriously. No matter where you are in the standings you want to play well."

The Blue Jackets are 13-13-1 in the past 27 games.

"When you look it at, it kind of feels like (the season) is going too fast," Umberger said. "It was a lot of fun tonight and last game was a great effort. We gave the fans something to get excited for. That's what we play for."

Columbus spent 20 percent of the first period killing penalties yet had the lead on Umberger's goal - his second in two games - at 3:41. He played give-and-go and was on the receiving end of the final pass by Derick Brassard that went through the low slot to catch Jose Theodore leaning the other way.

Florida then squandered a two-man advantage for 1:40 of the opening period. The Panthers managed seven shots during the stretch, but York kept his composure and got a key block by defenseman Aaron Johnson.

"It was a great 5-on-3," Florida defenseman," Brian Campbell said. "It was great execution all-around for us. The only part we didn't execute is we have to find ways to score goals."

Nikita scored at 11:48 of the second to make it 2-0.

NOTES: The Panthers failed to pick up at least a point for only the second time in 12 games It was a bitter homecoming for first-year Florida coach Kevin Dineen, an original Blue Jacket in 2000-01. He played 125 games for Columbus over two-plus seasons. ... Nikitin had the first multigoal game of his career. His power-play goal in the second was the Jackets' third in 53 attempts.

1st2nd3rdT
FLA
CBJ
Scoring Summary
1st Period
03:41CBJ R.J. Umberger (16) ASST: Derick Brassard (24), Cam Atkinson (4) 1 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
11:48CBJ PPG - Nikita Nikitin (6) ASST: Mark Letestu (12), Vinny Prospal (36) 2 - 0 CBJ
3rd Period
03:01CBJ Nikita Nikitin (7) ASST: Derek Dorsett (7), Ryan Johansen (12) 3 - 0 CBJ
07:57FLA Tomas Kopecky (9) ASST: Kris Versteeg (28), Dmitry Kulikov (22) 3 - 1 CBJ
19:12CBJ EN - R.J. Umberger (17) ASST: Rick Nash (27), Nikita Nikitin (24) 4 - 1 CBJ
Three Stars of the Game
Nikita Nikitin
1st
Nikita Nikitin
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 25:45
Allen York
2nd
Allen York
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 21-22
PIM: 0PP: 9-9
SV%: .968SH: 0-0
R.J. Umberger
3rd
R.J. Umberger
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 17:53
Penalty Summary
1st Period
07:28CBJ Mark Letestu  Tripping against  Marcel Goc
10:53CBJ Cam Atkinson  Interference against  Scottie Upshall
11:13CBJ Jack Johnson  Roughing against  Dmitry Kulikov
2nd Period
09:14FLA Erik Gudbranson  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
11:18FLA Wojtek Wolski  Too many men on the ice
12:46FLA Erik Gudbranson  Boarding against  Jared Boll
13:50CBJ Derek Dorsett  Slashing against  Ed Jovanovski
13:50FLA Ed Jovanovski  Roughing against  Derek Dorsett
15:19FLA Tomas Fleischmann  Too many men on the ice
3rd Period
19:48FLA Krys Barch  Cross checking against  Aaron Johnson
shots by period
PeriodFLACBJ
1st156
2nd1015
3rd68
Total3129
Team Stats
CategoryFLACBJ
Power Plays0/31/5
Hits2019
Faceoff Wins3223
Giveaways11
Takeaways212
Blocked Shots814
Penalty Minutes128
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  • COLUMBUS
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13C. AtkinsonR0113215:52
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19R. JohansenC0110014:31
22V. ProspalL01-10017:23
23B. LebdaD0001017:32
25R. RussellL0011015:18
40J. BollR0002010:44
43D. BoyceC0001010:32
47D. ProutD0010013:50
61R. NashL0101018:25
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
41A. York3031.96860:00