COLUMBUS, Ohio — Vinny Prospal scored from a hard angle at 1:22 of the third and Sergei Bobrovsky had 24 saves to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Monday night, ending a four-game losing streak.
It was the Blue Jackets’ first victory since opening night in Nashville in a shootout. They had been outscored 16-6 since while mustering just a point in a shootout loss to Detroit in the home opener a week ago.
Derek Dorsett also scored for the Blue Jackets.
Philip Larsen had the Stars’ goal with Kari Lehtonen stopping 25 shots.
The Blue Jackets took the lead for good when Prospal collected the puck in the right corner and fired a shot along the goal line that appeared to catch Lehtonen by surprise, slipping into the net.
Bobrovsky preserved the lead with a terrific stop on Michael Ryder’s one-timer from the right hash midway through the period, just before Columbus’ Adrian Aucoin hit a post with a slap shot.
Jamie Benn saw his first action of the season for the Stars, who have lost three in a row. He signed a five-year, $26.5-million contract last week and had missed the first five games during negotiations for a new deal and while awaiting a U.S. work permit.
Jaromir Jagr, needing just one goal to break a tie with Luc Robitaille (667 goals) to move into 10th on the all-time list, returned to the Dallas lineup after missing one game with a bad back.
The second period was filled with frustration for the Blue Jackets, but ended with them getting a loud ovation as they came off the ice.
Larsen scored his first goal of the season on the power play at 4:13, rocketing a shot from the right point that slipped between two players to befuddle Bobrovsky, who was screened on the play. Benn picked up an assist.