NHL: Columbus 7, New York Islanders 3

April 7, 2012 at 9:44 PM
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COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 7 (UPI) -- James Wisniewski and Cam Atkinson scored power-play goals 43 seconds apart Saturday, highlighting a 7-3 Columbus win over the New York Islanders.

The Blue Jackets took out a year's worth of frustrations against the Islanders, producing a season-high goal total in the final contest of the campaign.

Columbus lost its first eight games this season and was never a factor in the race for the playoffs. The Blue Jackets won five of their last seven, but still finished with the fewest number of victories (29) in the NHL.

Columbus had only a 3-2 lead when Wisniewski and Atkinson scored during the closing 2 minutes of the second period. Atkinson's goal was his second of the game.

Steve Mason earned the win with 34 saves. Al Montoya allowed all seven goals on 37 shots.

The Islanders finished the season with the fewest goals in the Eastern Conference and they missed the playoffs for the fifth straight season. The one and only post-season appearance for Columbus, which joined the NHL in 2000, came three years ago.

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