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Game Recap: New York

In a battle between two teams fighting to stay out of last place in their respective leagues, the New York Islanders (31-34-10) squeaked out an 4-3 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets (30-32-13) last night at Nationwide Arena.

If there was one good thing that came from the loss for Columbus, it is that the Blue Jackets gained (or lost) a point on New York, whom they will be jockeying with for position with June’s amateur draft.

If the draft were today, Columbus would likely hold the 7th overall pick, however, a few more losses to teams like the Islanders and Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson could be one of the first three to the podium.

Mathieu Garon was given the start in goal, and kept his unbeaten streak in regulation at Nationwide Arena in tact. He made 24 saves in the loss.

After falling behind 2-0 in the first period, Columbus struck back with three unanswered goals culminating in Grant Clitsome’s first NHL goal.

Columbus went the entire game without committing a penalty, and took advantage of one of their four power play opportunities with R.J. Umberger’s second period goal.

The Blue Jackets out shot New York 37-28.

For New York, the win was only their second on the road since Jan. 18, a stretch in which they went 2-10-1 away from home.

Columbus will face Chicago tonight in a game where the Blackhawks will be looking to make amends from the 8-3 beating that Columbus put on them last week.

Twitter: @Rob_Ogden

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