Columbus Blue Jackets defeat Boston Bruins, 3-2

Anton Stralman's stick helped Columbus at both ends of the ice in the closing minutes against the Boston Bruins.

The defenseman appeared to clip teammate Derick Brassard in the face with his stick at one end, only to have referee Dean Morton call a double-minor on Boston's Milan Lucic.

Fifteen seconds later, Stralman's slap shot was tipped in by R.J. Umberger with 1:16 remaining, giving the Blue Jackets a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Bruins on Thursday night...

It was a game between teams on downward spirals. The Columbus Blue Jackets had lost four of five before arriving in Boston for last night’s matchup against the sagging Bruins.

Twice the Blue Jackets fell behind - 1-0 and 2-1 - and not only did they battle back each time, they got a power-play goal by left wing R.J. Umberger with 1:12 remaining to beat the Bruins, 3-2, at TD Garden. The Blue Jackets improved to 20-24-9 but there are plenty of upgrades still needed.


As Milan Lucic skated off to the penalty box at 18:29 of the third period, banished for four minutes by referee Dean Morton for a high-sticking double minor he didn’t think he committed, he felt helpless.

“I was just going to the net,’’ said Lucic. “The puck was free, so I was trying to dig the puck out. I think all their guys in front of the net were trying to lift my stick. I felt like my stick was on the ice the whole time.

“We can complain about it all we want, b...