Columbus, O.H.- The New Jersey Devils entered Columbus after shutting out the rival New York Rangers for their first win of the 2013-14 season, but that win streak did not last long.
The Devils grabbed a lead after a scoreless first period at 6:24 in the second period. Michael Ryder received a pass in the slot that he shot upper-left over Vezina trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky. It was on the power play and it is the third consecutive game with a power play goal for the Devils.
After that, it was all Columbus. Just 3:32 later, the Jackets added a power play goal of their own when Brandon Dubinsky tapped in a rebound in the crease.
Cam Atkinson scored the game-winning-goal six minutes later on a back-hand shot from the top of the circles. It was a soft goal that Cory Schneider should have stopped, but it slipped inside the right post.
The Devils were not playing terrible at this point, but just had a few unlucky bounces that costed them the game.
The Jackets would score another goal from James Wisniewski and an empty netter from Marian Gaborik.
Bobrovsky was what killed the Devils tonight. He made some outstanding saves that should have and could have been goals, but it just was not the Devils night.
The loss brings the Devils now to 0-5-2 on the road, not the start to the season that they need. The Devils will play their next game at home on Thursday against the Vancouver Canucks. The Devils played the Canucks earlier in the season and lost 3-2 in overtime.
1st Star - Brandon Dubinsky
2nd Star - Sergei Bobrovsky
3rd Star - James Wisniewski
Jaromir Jagr played his 1,400th career game tonight.
This is the first time that the Devils have lost to the Blue Jackets since 2005.