With a New Goalie in the Net, Last-Place Devils Lose Again

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Cam Atkinson scored on a penalty shot, Sergei Bobrovsky had 30 saves and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Devils, 2-1, on Thursday night.

Nick Foligno also scored after getting the winner Monday night as the Blue Jackets won their second straight and ended a six-game homestand on a high note. They were 3-2-1 in that stretch and hung on to second place in the Metropolitan Division, 2 points behind Washington.

Taylor Hall scored for the last-place Devils, and Mackenzie Blackwood, making his first N.H.L. start on the first night of back-to-back games, had 36 saves.

Blackwood was recalled from Binghamton of the American Hockey League on Monday after the starter, Cory Schneider, went on injured reserve with an abdominal strain. Blackwood made his N.H.L. debut the next day in relief of Keith Kinkaid, allowing two goals in a 7-2 loss to Toronto.

Blackwood got better as the evening wore on, but not before he allowed the only goals the Blue Jackets would need.

Columbus victimized him 4 minutes 17 seconds into the game. Foligno camped out just to the right of the net, waited for a pass from Pierre-Luc Dubois and tapped in a stunningly easy goal while Blackwood leaned the other way.

Blackwood didn’t look much better when Atkinson poked the puck past him on a penalty shot early in the second period, awarded because the Devils’ Damon Severson hooked Atkinson on a breakaway.

Hall went over the top of a diving Bobrovsky on a breakaway later in the second to score his 200th N.H.L. goal and make it a 2-1 game.

Both goalies made some fantastic saves in the tense but scoreless third period, with Bobrovsky withstanding a 6-on-5 for the last two minutes and making his last stop just as the horn sounded.

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