McElhinney's shutout leads CBJ past Wild, 4-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 6, 2013 at 9:39 pm •  Published: December 6, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets took advantage of the Minnesota Wild, who were coming off an emotional game a day earlier.

The Blue Jackets got goals from Cam Atkinson, Nick Foligno, Boone Jenner and R.J. Umberger and Curtis McElhinney posted his first shutout since 2011 in a 4-0 victory on Friday night.

"We talked about them playing last night and there was definitely an emphasis to jump all over them," Umberger said, referring to the Wild's 4-3 home win over Chicago. "We were moving pretty good."

The Blue Jackets had not played since Tuesday, filling the time with two hard, full practices in which they were able to work on several problem areas.

Minnesota's Zach Parise knew his team didn't have its heart in the game.

"We were just flat and not crisp," he said. "We were pretty brutal through the neutral zone and couldn't get anything generated."

Wild coach Mike Yeo didn't want to use his club's first home win over the Blackhawks since 2008 as an excuse, but still thought that was the root of his club's problems.

"We played right into that (being tired), too, turning pucks over," he said. "We were on our heels, slow reacting, slow getting to places. We were not pressing the way we needed to be."

It was the Blue Jackets' second win in a row, the first time they've won back-to-back games since Oct. 25.

They did it in their first game without last year's Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's top goalie, Sergei Bobrovsky, who will miss the next month or so with a strained groin.

McElhinney made 20 saves in his first shutout since Feb. 5, 2011, while with the Anaheim Ducks.

"It's a good feeling for me to step in here again and have another shutout game, another win," he said, referring to the Blue Jackets' consecutive shutouts. "Hopefully, it's the start of something good and we can keep it going."

Foligno and Umberger each also had assists and Ryan Johansen added two assists to stretch his points streak to four games.

The Blue Jackets have been struggling with injuries.

In addition to Bobrovsky, top offensive threat Marian Gaborik (sprained knee) is out for another two weeks and top offseason free-agent signing Nathan Horton (shoulder surgery) has yet to play in a Columbus sweater and likely won't be ready for at least another month.

McElhinney's third NHL shutout came in his 78th game.

After a scoreless first period, the Blue Jackets took over.



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