Kristian Huselius had a goal and an assist
and the Columbus Blue Jackets weathered a late rally to beat
Atlanta 2-1 on Thursday night, with the Thrashers' loss clinching
the Southeast Division title for the Washington Capitals.
The Thrashers, who lost their fourth in a row, had several good
scoring chances after Johnny Oduya's goal with 2:21 left. But
Mathieu Garon made 28 saves, including several big stops in the
final minute while Atlanta had two extra attackers.
R.J. Umberger also scored for the Blue Jackets, who had lost
three in a row at home and opened a four-game homestand.
The Thrashers outshot the Blue Jackets 17-1 in the third period.
The Capitals, who were idle, needed an Atlanta loss to lock up
the division title.
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