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January 29, 2013

Jackets top Stars

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COLUMBUS, Ohio —

Soon after, Vernon Fiddler picked up two minors for a hook and high sticking on the same sequence. Then Tom Wandell gloved the puck in the defensive zone and was called for delay of game — giving the Blue Jackets 2 minutes of a 5 on 3 advantage.

The Stars’ defense completely shut down the power play, limiting Columbus to passes back and forth out front, but no real scoring chances.

There was a smattering of boos when Dallas killed off all the power plays.

Despite generating no offense when they had a man advantage, the Blue Jackets then tied it at even strength.

Artem Anisimov, acquired in the July trade that sent the franchise’s most recognizable player Rick Nash to the New York Rangers, carried the puck up the left wing through the neutral zone and dropped a pass to Fedor Tyutin. Tyutin sent a perfect setup to Dorsett at the left dot for a one-timer that beat Lehtonen.

Lehtonen made a spectacular save in the opening minute of the second. Jack Johnson deked and then fired a shot that Lehtonen got a piece of, the puck flipping over his shoulder. He reached back with his glove to make the grab as the puck was going into the net.

The Stars’ penalty kill also dominated the opening period. Perfect in all six opportunities coming in when on the road and a man down, the Stars stifled the Blue Jackets, who had three power plays. In fact, Dallas generated more offense with one fewer man than did the Blue Jackets, outshooting them 2-1.

Columbus didn’t get its first shot on goal until 13:49 had expired. The Stars, who had one power play, outshot the Blue Jackets 9-3 in the first 20 minutes.

NOTES: Columbus was 0 for 7 on the power play, Dallas 1 for 4. ... Following Tuesday’s road game at Minnesota, Columbus will play six straight games at Nationwide Arena — its longest homestand of the season. The Blue Jackets were without RW Cam Atkinson (lower body) who was placed on the injured list on Saturday night. He’s expected to miss the next week or two. ... Columbus’ first two home games were played before capacity crowds while Monday’s game drew just 10,475.

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