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NHL

Blue Jackets beat Canucks, end 4-game skid

– R.J. Umberger scored his first goal of the season with 8:46 left and the Columbus Blue Jackets ended a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.

Curtis McElhinney, making his first appearance for the Blue Jackets in place of Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky, had 37 saves. Bobrovsky was given the night off.

Marian Gaborik and Ryan Johansen also scored for the Blue Jackets, who won for the first time at home this season after losing their first two.

Henrik Sedin had the goal for the Canucks. Eddie Lack stopped 26 shots in place of Roberto Luongo, rested on the second night of back-to-back games for Vancouver.

Umberger and Johansen each had an assist as well.

PREDATORS 3, JETS 1: In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Carter Hutton made 37 saves for his first NHL win and Eric Nystrom, Patric Hornqvist and Matt Cullen scored for Nashville.

Evander Kane had the lone goal for Winnipeg. The Predators had only seven shots in the second period but made three of them count. The win extended Nashville’s point streak to five games.

DUCKS 6, STARS 3: In Anaheim, Calif., Emerson Etem got his first career short-handed goal late in the second period after Corey Perry scored twice to tie the game, and Anaheim Ducks extended the best start in franchise history with its seventh straight win after a loss to Colorado on opening night.

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