Blue Jackets shoot down Jets

Patrick Williams  - NHL.com Correspondent | Saturday, 01.11.2014 / 10:06 PM

WINNIPEG - Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel continues to scour his team's roster for solutions, but they seem to be nowhere.

The Columbus Blue Jackets provided Noel with more questions in a 6-3 win against the Jets on Saturday. Columbus won its third straight game while Winnipeg lost its fifth in a row. The Blue Jackets trailed 1-0 after one period but took command by scoring four times in the first 9:07 of the second, capped by Boone Jenner's penalty-shot goal.

Noel overhauled his lineup this week in hopes of arresting his team's slump. Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, who began the game tied with Bryan Little for the team lead with 34 points, moved to the top forward line. Rookie Eric O'Dell moved to the second line to replace injured left wing Evander Kane, and U.S. Olympian Blake Wheeler, the team leader with 16 goals, moved to the third line to spark slumping Devin Setoguchi.

Instead, the Jets fell apart after a good first period. They've allowed four or more goals in each game of the losing streak.

Mark Letestu picked up his third and fourth goals of the season while Cam Atkinson contributed his 13th and Nick Foligno added his 12th. Jenner also scored in the third period and has eight goals this season.

O'Dell, whom Noel moved to the second line with first-year center Mark Scheifele and Michael Frolik, scored his first NHL goal. Tobias Enstrom scored his fifth and Little broke an 11-game goalless streak with his 15th.

Curtis McElhinney, who gave starter Sergei Bobrovsky the night off after a 36-save shutout against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, stopped 28 shots for Columbus. Winnipeg's Ondrej Pavelec made 20 saves.

O'Dell gave the Jets a 1-0 lead 4:32 into the game, stuffing a loose puck into the net after McElhinney failed to secure the carom of Keaton Ellerby's slap shot.

But the Blue Jackets tied the game 36 seconds into the second period. Winnipeg received the game's first three power plays, but Letestu finished a 2-on-1 rush nine seconds into the Blue Jackets' third shorthanded situation.

Columbus took its first lead of the game 3:39 later when Atkinson converted a give-and-go with passes from James Wisniewski and Ryan Murray. Atkinson went eight games without a goal but has scored in three straight games.

Foligno made it 3-1 when he stuffed Ryan Johansen's centering pass from behind the Winnipeg net through Pavelec's pads at 8:26. Jenner followed with his penalty-shot goal after Winnipeg defenseman Adam Pardy pulled him down on a breakaway.

Enstrom cut the margin to 4-2 with a heavy left-circle through traffic in front of McElhinney at 11:55. Jenner restored the Blue Jackets' three-goal lead 4:08 into the third period before Little made it 5-3 at 5:55. Letestu's second of the game finished the scoring.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
04:32WPG Eric O'Dell (1) ASST: Keaton Ellerby (3), Adam Pardy (4) 1 - 0 WPG
2nd Period
00:36CBJ SHG - Mark Letestu (3) ASST: Derek MacKenzie (3), Fedor Tyutin (15) 1 - 1 Tie
04:15CBJ Cam Atkinson (13) ASST: James Wisniewski (21), Ryan Murray (10) 2 - 1 CBJ
08:26CBJ Nick Foligno (12) ASST: Ryan Johansen (17), Jack Johnson (10) 3 - 1 CBJ
09:07CBJ PS - Boone Jenner (7) ASST: NONE 4 - 1 CBJ
11:55WPG Toby Enstrom (5) ASST: Bryan Little (21) 4 - 2 CBJ
3rd Period
04:08CBJ Boone Jenner (8) ASST: Nathan Horton (2), Artem Anisimov (9) 5 - 2 CBJ
05:55WPG PPG - Bryan Little (15) ASST: Andrew Ladd (20), Dustin Byfuglien (25) 5 - 3 CBJ
11:14CBJ Mark Letestu (4) ASST: James Wisniewski (22), Derek MacKenzie (4) 6 - 3 CBJ
Three Stars of the Game
Mark Letestu
Mark Letestu
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 15:23
Boone Jenner
Boone Jenner
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 12:48
Ryan Johansen
Ryan Johansen
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 12:47
Penalty Summary
1st Period
05:50CBJ James Wisniewski  Slashing against  Blake Wheeler
15:38CBJ Mark Letestu  Hooking against  Bryan Little
2nd Period
00:27CBJ Brandon Dubinsky  Holding against  Mark Stuart
14:07WPG Andrew Ladd  Tripping against  David Savard
3rd Period
04:43CBJ Dalton Prout  Cross checking against  Eric Tangradi
05:55CBJ James Wisniewski  Hi-sticking against  Andrew Ladd
07:09WPG Michael Frolik  Interference on goalkeeper against  Curtis McElhinney
11:53WPG Andrew Ladd  Tripping against  Fedor Tyutin
14:00WPG Adam Pardy  Tripping against  Nathan Horton
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/41/5
Faceoff Wins3029
Blocked Shots148
Penalty Minutes108
6N. NikitinD00-12019:09
7J. JohnsonD0123021:55
8N. HortonR0102015:56
11M. CalvertL0010017:54
13C. AtkinsonR1012016:09
17B. DubinskyC0011219:27
18R. UmbergerC0011012:28
19R. JohansenC0102012:47
21J. WisniewskiD0223420:27
24D. MacKenzieC0221012:22
27R. MurrayD0120020:07
38B. JennerC2012012:48
42A. AnisimovC0100016:39
47D. ProutD000126:53
51F. TyutinD0122020:51
55M. LetestuC2022215:23
58D. SavardD00-10018:21
71N. FolignoL1002011:12
31C. McElhinney2831.90360:00
2A. PardyD0111214:02
5M. StuartD00-10020:42
7K. EllerbyD0110012:39
8J. TroubaD00-33022:29
12O. JokinenC0004017:50
16A. LaddL01-24417:57
17J. WrightC00-11010:07
18B. LittleC11-23018:28
22C. ThorburnR00-1006:36
26B. WheelerR00-21019:47
27E. TangradiL00-1007:05
33D. ByfuglienD01-12017:31
39T. EnstromD10-25021:04
40D. SetoguchiR0001013:08
44Z. BogosianD00-24022:11
55M. ScheifeleC0000017:53
58E. O'DellC1011013:48
67M. FrolikR0001218:43
31O. Pavelec2026.76960:00