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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Four different Columbus Blue Jackets scored goals as they rode their special teams to sloppy 6-3 win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday in Nationwide Arena.

Right winger R.J. Umberger, right winger Cam Atkinson and defenseman David Savard had power play goals, and center Artem Anisimov scored the go-ahead short-handed goal late in the second period as the Blue Jackets snapped a three-game losing streak.

Left winger Nick Foligno and left winger Matt Calvert scored empty-net goals in the final 1:01 for the Blue Jackets.

The Panthers came back from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2, but seemed to run out of gas in the third period.

Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky needed only 17 saves for his 21st victory.

Center Shawn Matthias, center Nick Bjugstad and left winger Sean Bergenheim scored for the Panthers, who have lost four straight and seven of their last eight games.

Panthers goaltender Scott Clemmensen, making a rare start in place of Tim Thomas, finished with 31 saves.

The Blue Jackets dominated the first 15 minutes of the game, jumping to a 2-0 lead. They had an 11-1 advantage on the shot clock, too.

At 7:42 of the first, Umberger pounced on a rebound Clemmensen left after stopping a slap shot by Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski. It was Umberger's 16th goal.

Barely three minutes later, Atkinson scored his 18th goal when he redirected a wrister fired by Savard, sending it over Clemmensen's left shoulder and into the net, making it 2-0.

The Blue Jackets' carelessness with the puck eventually caught up to them.

Wisniewski had two bad turnovers in a five-minute sequence, and the second one ended up costing the Blue Jackets.

Matthias gathered a Wisniewski turnover in the neutral zone, then headed wide of Wisniewski for a clean look on Bobrovsky, beating him with a roofer that cut the lead to 2-1.

At 6:54 of the second, the Panthers made it 2-2 when Wisniewski's defensive partner, rookie Ryan Murray, made a bad read.

Murray was caught pinching and Bjugstad skated past him with the puck, beginning a 2-on-1 that led to his 14th goal.

Once again, the Blue Jackets relied on their power play to take the lead.

Savard, skating in through the right circle, had time to switch to his backhand and lift the puck over Clemmensen's shoulder.

Only 40 seconds later, the Panthers pulled even again, this time on Bergenheim's redirection of a shot by defenseman Tom Gilbert.

Panthers' second-year pro Jonathan Huberdeau made a critical error later in the second. He appeared to let the clock expire, but Anisimov kept playing and worked the puck away along the wall.

Anisimov skated on net and scored off Clemmensen's extended right pad for a 4-3 lead.

Foligno scored with 1:01 to play to make it 5-3 and Calvert scored with 37 seconds left to cap the scoring.

NOTES: The Blue Jackets have won seven straight games against the Panthers, including both meetings so far this season. ... The Panthers made healthy scratches of D Mike Weaver and RW Krys Barch. Weaver has been the focus of intense trade speculation, so he might have been held out of the lineup as a precaution. ... Blue Jackets D Fedor Tyutin is out at least two more weeks because of an ankle injury sustained while representing Russia at the Olympics in Sochi, Russia. ... D Dalton Prout was called up to take Tyutin's spot on the roster, and D David Savard took Tyutin's spot on the No. 1 pair next to Jack Johnson. ... Blue Jackets RW Jared Boll is close to returning to the lineup. He's been out since December following ankle surgery.
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