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02/11/2013 11:01 PM EST
Blue Jackets go wild, wallop Sharks, 6-2
COLUMBUS 6, SAN JOSE 2

By RUSTY MILLER
AP Sports Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- After the Columbus Blue Jackets' biggest
offensive outburst of the season, forward Brandon Dubinsky was
asked if he saw it coming.



"Something had to give, right?" he said.



Dubinsky had a goal and an assist and the Blue Jackets dominated
against the NHL's stingiest defense in a 6-2 victory over the
San Jose Sharks on Monday night.



James Wisniewski and Nikita Nikitin added goals, Cody Goloubef
picked up his first NHL goal and Vinny Prospal and Mark Letestu
tied a franchise record by scoring 8 seconds apart in the third
period. Nick Foligno and Matt Calvert each had two assists.



No wonder San Jose coach Todd McLellan was fuming after the game
when asked for a brief summation of went wrong.



"Outworked? How about that?" he said after his club's fifth
straight defeat in the wake of a 7-0 start. "It's pretty simple.
The team that works the hardest wins. (We were) outworked,
outexecuted, outdetailed, outgoaltended - out-a lot of things."



The Sharks did not play like a team that flew into Columbus on
Saturday and had only played one game in the last six days. The
Blue Jackets, stuck in a three-game skid during which they
couldn't buy a goal, had played four games in that same span and
were in action at home for the second night in a row.



"We had every excuse tonight not to play well," coach Todd
Richards said. "I liked that there were no excuses."



San Jose came in allowing an NHL-low 1.82 goals per game.
Columbus was next-to-last in the 30-team league scoring just
1.92 goals a game.



Yet Columbus scored 43 seconds into the game, added two goals
1:11 apart in the second period and then scored three goals in
the opening 5:45 of the final period.



"Right off the start, the first shift, they score a goal. You
don't want to do that," San Jose captain Joe Thornton said of
Dubinsky's first goal of the season. "But then we played some
good hockey. You're down 3-1 and then they score again to start
the third period. It was just one of those games you put behind,
you get ready for tomorrow."



In one of the wildest periods of the season - the teams scored
three goals in 84 seconds - the Blue Jackets expanded a 1-0 lead
in the second.



They stacked up three power plays, including 36 seconds of 5 on
3. After that expired, they made it 2-0 with the man advantage
when Derick Brassard skated along the goal line toward the cage,
drawing goalie Thomas Greiss. But Brassard slid a quick pass to
Wisniewski for a one-timer at the left hash to make it 2-0.



Just over a minute later, it was 3-0. Goloubef, playing in his
fifth career NHL game, sat in the right point while Derek
MacKenzie carried the puck along the back boards and slid the
puck from the left corner across the ice to him. He steadied the
puck and then rocketed a slap shot, with Foligno and Derek
Dorsett providing traffic.



"You think about playing your first game and scoring your first
goal," the 23-year-old said. "It's huge. I got a great pass from
Mac and two guys were at the net. I just tried to get it there
hard and low and good things happened."



Before that goal could be announced, San Jose's Patrick Marleau
pulled up at the top of the left circle and hit a hard shot that
Wisniewski couldn't block and goalie Steve Mason, who had 25
saves, couldn't stop. It was Marleau's 10th goal of the season -
but first point in six games - and came just 13 seconds after
Goloubef's goal.



"I don't think we came in here taking them lightly," said Joe
Pavelski, who ended a 1 for 27 power-play drought when he scored
late for the Sharks. "It didn't happen for us tonight. You can't
have that. You don't want to lose like that."



After the second intermission, the Blue Jackets were at it
again. Just 21 seconds in Calvert slid a pass from behind the
goal cage to the onrushing Nikitin, who put his blade on the ice
and almost pushed the puck through Greiss for his first of the
year.



"I didn't see the puck very well," said Greiss, who came in
allowing 1.01 goals a game but was tagged for all six with more
than 13 minutes left on the clock in the third. "I just didn't
play well."



Dubinsky came to Columbus in the blockbuster deal that sent Rick
Nash to the New York Rangers last summer. He was encouraged by
what he saw on Monday night.



"We all played the right way for 60 minutes," he said. "You saw
the result that should happen when we play that way."



NOTES: Columbus RW Jared Boll fought RW Matt Pelech, called up
earlier in the day, early in the first period. It was Boll's
120th career NHL fight giving him an unofficial Blue Jackets
franchise "record," breaking the mark of 119 set by Jody
Shelley. ... It was the most goals scored by the Blue Jackets
since the final game of the otherwise forgettable 2011-12
season. With the worst record in the NHL, they beat the New York
Islanders 7-3 on April 7, 2012. ... The two goals in 8 seconds
by Prospal and Letestu tied a franchise mark set Oct. 17, 2008
(Jake Voracek, Nikita Filatov). ... The Blue Jackets completed a
franchise record-tying six-game homestand with a record of
2-3-1.



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