COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kent Johnson’s third-period goal was the tiebreaker, Joonas Korpisalo had 36 saves and the Columbus Blue Jackets rallied to beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 on Thursday night.
The Blue Jackets overcame a terrible first period, tying a season-low with just two shots on goal in the frame. They tied the game in the second period and moved ahead at 9:40 of the third with Johnson’s shot through a screen seconds after a power play had ended.
Patrik Laine also scored for Columbus, and Boone Jenner scored into an empty net with 3 seconds left in the game.
Kyle Connor scored for the Jets, and David Rittich had 21 saves.
With Dallas off on Thursday, the Jets missed a chance to pull even with the Stars at the top of the Central Division. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Winnipeg.
Columbus is still a distant last in the Metropolitan Division.
The Jets got on the board in the final seconds of the first period on a power play.
After a questionable hooking call on Columbus’ Erik Gudbranson, Connor got a pass from Blake Wheeler and buried a shot from the right circle for his 25th of the season.
Laine tied the game on a power play 10 minutes into the second period when he shot over Rittich’s far shoulder from the left circle.
Johnson got the tiebreaker with a shot from the left circle, then survived a 6-on-5 push by the Jets in the last two minutes.
Jets: At New Jersey on Sunday.
Blue Jackets: At Dallas on Saturday.