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Newly-acquired Eriksson leads Bruins to victory
Boston Bruins left wing Loui Eriksson (21) tries to get around Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson (7) during the third period at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)
Eriksson's goal early in the third period was the game-winner as the Bruins beat Columbus 3-1 in a tightly checked game before 14,092 fans at Nationwide Arena.
Columbus' only score came on a power play late in the first period by defenseman Jack Johnson, his second of the season.
Eriksson was screaming down the right wing when Bergeron funneled a pass across the slot and found him right in stride. Eriksson gathered the puck and flipped it off his backhand past the glove side of Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to make it 2-1.
The Blue Jackets led 1-0 late in the first when Johnson stepped into a one-timer from inside the blue line.
The lead stood until late in the second when Kelly came out of the penalty box and moments later had a clean look from high in the zone. The puck may have been deflected before beating Bobrovsky.
NOTES: Columbus LW Blake Comeau left the game in the third period with a lower-body injury. ... Bruins D Adam McQuaid left the game briefly in the second period after getting high-sticked in the nose and mouth by Blue Jackets LW Boone Jenner. ... Blue Jackets D Fedor Tyutin made his season debut after missing three games with an upper-body injury. D Nikita Nikitin was scratched to fit Tyutin in the lineup. ... Boston D Matt Bartkowski made his season debut, taking D Dougie Hamilton's spot in the lineup. ... Blue Jackets LW Matt Calvert was a late scratch with a groin injury. ... The game was changed from its originally scheduled 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. so it could air live in Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, Czech Republic and South Africa.