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Eriksson’s first Bruins goal helps Boston to 3-1 win over Columbus

  • Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask, left, of Finland, makes a save as teammate Dennis Seidenberg, right, of Germany and Columbus Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno wait for the rebound during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

    Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask, left, of Finland, makes a save as teammate Dennis Seidenberg, right, of Germany and Columbus Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno wait for the rebound during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

  • Boston Bruins' Reilly Smith, left, and Columbus Blue Jackets' RJ Umberger chase a loose puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

    Boston Bruins' Reilly Smith, left, and Columbus Blue Jackets' RJ Umberger chase a loose puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

  • Columbus Blue Jackets' Fedor Tyutin, right, of Russia, checks Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand away from the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

    Columbus Blue Jackets' Fedor Tyutin, right, of Russia, checks Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand away from the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

  • Boston Bruins' Jarome Iginla, left, tries to pass the puck as Columbus Blue Jackets' Fedor Tyutin, of Russia, defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

    Boston Bruins' Jarome Iginla, left, tries to pass the puck as Columbus Blue Jackets' Fedor Tyutin, of Russia, defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

  • Columbus Blue Jackets' Blake Comeau, left, checks Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

    Columbus Blue Jackets' Blake Comeau, left, checks Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

  • Boston Bruins' Loui Eriksson, right, of Sweden, celebrates his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets with teammate Patrice Bergeron during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. The Bruins beat the Blue Jackets 3-1. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

    Boston Bruins' Loui Eriksson, right, of Sweden, celebrates his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets with teammate Patrice Bergeron during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. The Bruins beat the Blue Jackets 3-1. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

  • Boston Bruins' Jordan Caron, right, carries the puck away from Columbus Blue Jackets' James Wisniewski during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. The Bruins beat the Blue Jackets 3-1. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

    Boston Bruins' Jordan Caron, right, carries the puck away from Columbus Blue Jackets' James Wisniewski during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. The Bruins beat the Blue Jackets 3-1. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

  • Boston Bruins' Loui Eriksson, right, of Sweden, celebrates his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets with teammate Patrice Bergeron during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. The Bruins beat the Blue Jackets 3-1. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

    Boston Bruins' Loui Eriksson, right, of Sweden, celebrates his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets with teammate Patrice Bergeron during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. The Bruins beat the Blue Jackets 3-1. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

  • Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask, left, of Finland, makes a save as teammate Dennis Seidenberg, right, of Germany and Columbus Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno wait for the rebound during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
  • Boston Bruins' Reilly Smith, left, and Columbus Blue Jackets' RJ Umberger chase a loose puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
  • Columbus Blue Jackets' Fedor Tyutin, right, of Russia, checks Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand away from the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
  • Boston Bruins' Jarome Iginla, left, tries to pass the puck as Columbus Blue Jackets' Fedor Tyutin, of Russia, defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
  • Columbus Blue Jackets' Blake Comeau, left, checks Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
  • Boston Bruins' Loui Eriksson, right, of Sweden, celebrates his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets with teammate Patrice Bergeron during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. The Bruins beat the Blue Jackets 3-1. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
  • Boston Bruins' Jordan Caron, right, carries the puck away from Columbus Blue Jackets' James Wisniewski during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. The Bruins beat the Blue Jackets 3-1. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
  • Boston Bruins' Loui Eriksson, right, of Sweden, celebrates his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets with teammate Patrice Bergeron during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. The Bruins beat the Blue Jackets 3-1. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Loui Eriksson’s game-winning goal didn’t earn any style points, at least in his eyes.

The rest of the Boston Bruins thought it looked just fine.

Eriksson scored from a hard angle in the opening minute of the third period, a goal he said “wasn’t the prettiest one.”

His first goal with Boston helped the Bruins to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets yesterday.

“I think he only scores nice goals,” said Tuukka Rask, who made 26 saves, including a few sterling ones late to preserve a one-goal lead. “I mean, it was an unbelievable goal. He does that in practice all the time, too.”

Eriksson, acquired last summer in the big trade that sent Tyler Seguin to Dallas, had scored his first 150 goals for the Stars. He came in scoreless in three games for the Bruins.

He said he hadn’t reached the point of pressing for goals yet.

“I’ve had some slow starts in other years,” he said. “It’ll come. If you create chances out there, it’ll come. We did that today, and I was able to get one.”

Boston, which trailed and was shut out until late in the second period, took the lead for good on Eriksson’s breakthrough goal.

On a rush, Patrice Bergeron found Eriksson with a nifty cross-ice pass. From the right side of the goal line, Eriksson tucked a high shot just inside the near post over goalie Sergei Bobrovsky’s left shoulder 49 seconds into the third.

Bruins Coach Claude Julien wasn’t worried about Eriksson, a veteran of eight NHL seasons.

“He was really good,” Julien said. “(He made) smart plays, (was) competing better, stuff like that. That’s what we talked about with him. You’ve got to give guys some time to get adjusted, to get acquainted and feeling comfortable. You see a guy like him after a few games finding his stride.”

Playing their first road game, the Bruins also got a goal from Chris Kelly, and an empty-net tally from Milan Lucic.

Rask wasn’t peppered with shots but came up big when most needed. He blocked Marian Gaborik’s tying attempt in the closing moments and then flicked the puck aside with his glove.

Jack Johnson scored on a first-period power play for the Blue Jackets, who won their last two on the road but are now 0-2 at home.

Bobrovsky, last season’s Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s top goalie, stopped 33 shots.

Boston almost tied it 1-1 when Daniel Paille took a chip pass and was all alone for a short-handed breakaway in the second period, but his shot was wide of the net.

An instant after that penalty was killed, the Bruins got even. Iginla dropped a pass to Kelly for a hard slap shot from just inside the blue line that eluded Bobrovsky low on the glove side with 3:42 remaining in the second for his second goal of the season.

Red Wings 5, Flyers 2

Henrik Zetterberg had two goals and an assist, and Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall each had a goal and two assists to lead Detroit over Philadelphia.

Todd Bertuzzi also scored for Detroit, which had three power-play goals after failing on its first 10 opportunities this season. Daniel Alfredsson had three assists, and Jimmy Howard made 32 saves.

AVALANCHE 5, CAPITALS 1

Alex Tanguay scored twice and Semyon Varlamov made 40 saves in his return to Washington as Colorado remained perfect under Coach Patrick Roy.

It is the first time the franchise is 5-0 since the 1994-95 season when the team was the Quebec Nordiques.

PENGUINS 5, LIGHTNING 4

Sidney Crosby had three goals and an assist, and Matt Niskanen scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 18.6 seconds left, lifting Pittsburgh past Tampa Bay.

Niskanen scored the winning goal from the top of the left circle, with an assist from Crosby.

MAPLE LEAFS 6, OILERS 5, OT

Dave Bolland scored the winning goal 2:09 into overtime, after teammate Joffrey Lupul tied it for Toronto with 31 seconds left in regulation in a back-and-forth game against Edmonton.

Bolland finished off a 3-on-1 rush with Cody Franson and Jake Gardiner.

Blues 5, Rangers 3

David Backes scored twice, and the unbeaten St. Louis Blues beat slumping New York. The Blues, who haven’t trailed at all this season, are 4-0 for the first time in franchise history.

Blackhawks 2, Sabres 1

Corey Crawford made 28 saves to lead Chicago over winless Buffalo. Ben Smith and Patrick Kane scored for the Blackhawks.

Predators 3, Islanders 2

Seth Jones scored his first NHL goal and Nashville edged New York. Patric Hornqvist and Ryan Ellis had the other Nashville goals.

Wild 5, Stars 1

Rookies Justin Fontaine and Mathew Dumba both scored their first NHL goals and Josh Harding made 18 saves for his second straight win as Minnesota beat Dallas.

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