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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The Columbus Blue Jackets scored four goals in the second period and cruised to a 6-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night.

Columbus centers Boone Jenner and Mark Letestu both scored a pair of goals as the Blue Jackets earned their third straight triumph to up their record to 21-20-4.

Jenner scored on a penalty shot as part of the offensive outburst in the second period and added a third-period marker for his seventh and eighth goals of the season.

Letestu scored his third and fourth goals of the year.

Forwards Nick Foligno and Cam Atkinson also scored for the Blue Jackets, who host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.

Left-winger Eric O'Dell scored his first-ever NHL goal for Winnipeg (19-23-5), while center Bryan Little and defenseman Tobias Enstrom chipped in the other goals.

Jets coach Claude Noel mixed up his the lines, shifting defenseman Dustin Byfuglien to the right wing where he played occasionally when he was with the Chicago Blackhawks. But it didn't provide the desired effect as his club lost its fifth straight game.

Columbus goaltender Curtis McElhinney made 28 saves, while Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec stopped 20 shots.

Just over a minute after Jets right winger Devin Setoguchi had a goal waved off because he deflected the puck behind McElhinney with a high stick, the hosts hit the score sheet for real.

O'Dell followed the puck into the crease after it took a crazy hop off the end boards, took a few swats with his back to the net and eventually knocked in the milestone marker at 4:32.

The Jets held the lead through the opening 20 minutes but Letestu's short-handed goal just 36 seconds into the middle frame knotted the score at 1. He took a terrific pass from center Derek MacKenzie on a two-on-one and faked out Pavelec.

Atkinson gave Columbus the lead at 4:15 with his 13th goal of the season, busting in on the left side and converting a perfect feed from defenseman James Wisniewski as Pavelec slid across just fraction of a second too late.

Four minutes later, Foligno scored his 12th of the year when he was left unattended in front of Pavelec and made no mistake. On the very next shift, Penner was awarded a penalty shot after being hauled down by defenseman Adam Pardy and he scored his seventh goal of the year to make it 4-1.

Enstrom stopped some of the bleeding when he notched his fifth goal of the year on blast from the point at 11:55 to pull the Jets closer.

Jenner corralled a loose puck in the slot and ripped his second goal of the game at 4:08 of the third period. Just under two minutes later, Little's 15th goal and just his first in 11 games gave the Jets a spark, but Letestu flipped in his second of the night to regain the three-goal advantage for the visitors at 11:14.

NOTES: Four Columbus goals in the second period Saturday night are the most the Jets have surrendered in a period on home ice this season. ... Getting a much-deserved break was G Sergei Bobrovsky, who made 36 saves for his second shutout of the season in the Blue Jackets' 3-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night. The Vezina Trophy winner as the league's top goaltender last season is 12-11-2 this season. ... Jets LW Evander Kane, who is nursing a hand injury, took a quick 10-minute skate in the morning before leaving the ice before practice was over. He did not dress for the game, which would have been the 300th of his career. ... Columbus RW Nathan Horton entered the game just one goal shy of 200 for his career. ... A year ago, Winnipeg D Jacob Trouba was logging big minutes for the Michigan Wolverines. Now, the 19-year-old leads all NHL rookies in average ice time (21:10) per game. ... The Blue Jackets like to crash and bang. The club came into the game leading the NHL in road hits (695) and was fourth in total hits (1,350).
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