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NHL: Columbus 5, Washington 2

Jan. 30, 2014 at 10:07 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Ryan Johansen scored twice while Columbus was building a four-goal lead Thursday and the Blue Jackets went on to down Washington 5-2.

Columbus ended a three-game skid in a contentious contest that included two fights and 19 penalties.

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Derek MacKenzie opened the scoring for the Blue Jackets with 7:42 to go in the first period and Johansen then put a slap shot past Braden Holtby.

Second-period goals from Brandon Dubinsky and Johansen boosted the Columbus lead. Washington fought back within two, but Cam Atkinson closed the scoring for the Blue Jackets 4:22 into the third.

The teams began the night tied for fifth place in the Metropolitan Division and were one point outside a playoff position.

The Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno received three separate penalties, including a 10-minute misconduct, for his role in a fight with Tom Wilson in the first period.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 30 shots to claim the win. Holtby allowed five goals on 29 shots.

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