Wyatt Johnston scored 55 seconds into the second half to keep the Dallas Stars in the lead in the Central Division with a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.
Jason Robertson also scored for Dallas and Jake Ettinger notched his 27 stops in his 100th NHL game.
Ettinger lost his shutout bid when Ken Johnson beat him with a backhand with 15 seconds remaining.
The Stars have won seven of their last nine games, including a 3-1-1 trip.
Daniil Tarasov stopped his 32-shooting streak in his fourth straight loss at home, his third in a row at Columbus, who dropped six of his last eight games (2-5-1). The Blue Jackets were winless in his three-game trip, and the Eastern had finished bottom of his conference.
“We played against a lot of good teams on this road trip,” said Johnston. “We played in some difficult buildings and I think we did a really good job scoring points. Of course it’s good to wrap it up and get the job done.”
“In the second [point], they put us there,” said Blue Jackets manager Brad Larsen. “They cut through our [defense] and weren’t reloading fast enough. That’s what led us to the second. 1st and his 3rd, we were fine.”
Johnson hit with a backhand from the left circle 55 seconds into the second half to put Dallas on the scoreboard and Robertson sealed the win with an empty net, making it 2-0 with 1:05 left in the game.
“It was a tough game,” said Stars manager Peter DeBoer. “They didn’t have much to lose and their goalkeeper was really good so they could hang out. I thought the first hour was a little loose. I thought we strengthened our second and third defenses, but we weren’t able to extend our lead into the hole. I have to commend them for sticking with it.”
- Stars defeat Blue Jackets 2-1 thanks to a Johnston goal
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