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BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins closed out November with their fourth win in their last five games, completing a sweep of the three-game season series with the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-1, on Saturday night.

Left winger Milan Lucic scored twice and backup goalie Chad Johnson stopped only 13 shots for his fourth win in five starts, two of them against Columbus, as the Bruins finished the month 9-4-0 and atop the Eastern Conference.

Johnson lost a shutout on Ryan Johansen's 10th goal of the season on a power play goal with 13:44 left.

Lucic scored his team-high 10th and 11th of the season, and center Patrice Bergeron (eighth goal) scored as the Bruins, who were hammered, 6-1, in Detroit on Wednesday night, completed their bounce-back two-win weekend.

It was the third multi-point game of the season for Lucic, who leads the Bruins with 20 points.

Center David Krejci had assists on both Lucic goals, one on the power play.

The Blue Jackets, who were 5-8-3 in November, have alternated losses and wins over their last nine games. They were attempting to win back-to-back games for the first time since winning three straight on Oct. 20-25.

Boston scored twice in a 5:56 span of a first period that saw the Bruins with as many goals as the Blue Jackets had shots.

Bergeron's goal was fluky, but was also a reward for a strong forecheck. He wound up with the puck at the right boards and sent it toward the goal along the ice. With right wing Loui Eriksson providing a screen, the puck found its way home at 9:02.

The power play struck to make it 2-0, with defenseman Torey Krug's shot hitting a Columbus stick and then the shaft of Lucic's in front.

Lucic, who already has four more goals in 27 games this season than he had in 46 last year, was also involved in a spirited fight with Columbus defenseman Dalton Prout in the second period, Prout more than holding his own against one of the league's heavyweights.

Late in the period, Columbus left winger Nick Foligno took exception to a high hit from Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and took a minor and misconduct trying to get at Seidenberg.

The Bruins, who allowed four goals in the three wins over Columbus, are 9-0-2 in their last 11 home games, their longest home stretch without a regulation loss since a 14-gamer Oct. 25, 2008 through Jan. 1, 2009.

NOTES: Former Bruins RW Nathan Horton, who signed a huge free agent deal with Columbus but has yet to play for his new team because of offseason shoulder surgery, is on target for a December return. He missed the three-game season series against Boston. ... The Blue Jackets, missing RW Marian Gaborik (knee) and C Brandon Dubinsky (foot), host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. The Bruins, who play five of their next six on the road, visit the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night in the first meeting of the season between the two rivals. ... Team USA assistant coach Peter Laviolette was at the game; the Columbus roster is loaded with nine Americans. ... An 11-year-old fan wearing a Milan Lucic No. 17 T-shirt was hit near the left eye with a puck at Friday's game and wound up receiving seven stitches in Massachusetts General Hospital. Lucic invited Katie Jablonski of Barre, Mass., to Saturday's morning skate. She met many of the players, who signed her shirt and gave her an autographed stick and a puck. She also took a tour of the locker room.
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