Lucic leads Bruins past Blue Jackets
BOSTON -- Milan Lucic recorded his 13th career two-goal performance and Patrice Bergeron scored for the second straight contest as host Boston completed a three-game sweep of the regular-season series with the Columbus Blue Jackets with a 3-1 win Saturday.
David Krejci notched a pair of assists and Chad Johnson turned aside 13 shots for the Bruins, who improved to 10-2-1 in their last 13 contests.
Ryan Johansen spoiled Johnson's bid for his second career shutout by scoring his team-leading 10th goal and fourth in as many games at 6:16 of the third period. Curtis McElhinney finished with 33 saves in his first start since Nov. 15 for the Blue Jackets, who are winless in six straight versus Boston.
After scoring on Friday to snap a six-game drought without a point, Bergeron picked up where he left off at 9:02 of the first period. Bergeron's wrist shot from the hashmarks near the right-wing boards found its way past a screened McElhinney for his eighth goal of the season.
Lucic doubled the advantage nearly five minutes later after deflecting rookie defenseman Torey Krug's shot from the high slot. The burly Lucic added his team-leading 11th of the season at 2:15 of the third after his point shot was deflected by Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson - but the puck sailed skyward before fluttering into the net.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Lucic scored the overtime winner and Johnson made 32 saves in a 3-2 victory over the visiting Blue Jackets on Nov. 14. Boston also posted a 3-1 road win over Columbus on Oct. 12. ... Blue Jackets C Brandon Dubinsky participated in the morning skate on Friday, but was held out versus the Bruins with a bruised foot. ... Lucic dropped the gloves against Columbus D Dalton Prout in the second period for his first fighting major of the season.