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Cam Atkinson injured after taking Ryan Kesler skate toface By Adam Gretz on Oct 25 2014, 12:39a + Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports Columbus Blue Jackets winger Cam Atkinson was cut Friday night when he accidentally got hit in the face by the skate blade of Ryan Kesler. Columbus Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson was cut when he was accidentally struck in the face by Ryan Kesler’s skate blade late in the third period of their game in Anaheim on Friday night. Kesler was involved along the wall with Atkinson and Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson when he lost his balance causing his right skate to fly in the air. It was then that it cut Atkinson across the face. Here is a link to the play via @PeteBlackburn , but be warned that it’s pretty scary. Blue Jackets beat writer Aaron Portzline reports that there was no damage to Atkinson’s eye and that the cut was just below his right eye. Told #CBJ Cam Atkinson did not sustain any damage to right eye. Cut was below eye. On Tuesday, New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey was involved in a similar incident against the Toronto Maple Leafs when he was struck by the skate blade of Mike Santorelli . In six games this season Atkinson has scored three goals and recorded two assists for the Blue Jackets. More from source:

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Scott Hartnell had a power-play goal for the Blue Jackets and Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves. Perry, who got his second hat trick of the season in Wednesdays 4-1 win over Buffalo, opened the scoring with a backhander from the edge of the crease just 1:28 after the opening faceoff and 64 seconds after David Savard was sent off for hooking Jakob Silfverberg. It was the third straight game in which the Ducks scored on their first shot on net. Matt Beleskey did it against St. Louis Brian Elliott last Sunday, and Perry did likewise on Wednesday against Buffalos Michal Neuvirth. The 2011 MVP has nine goals in his first eight games in the fastest start in franchise history. Vatanen made it 2-0 at 8:37, scoring on a screened 45-foot slap shot while Matt Calvert was off for hooking William Karlsson. Columbus came in having allowed one goal in 16 short-handed situations over its first six games. The Blue Jackets got on the board at the 14-minute mark of the first with Hartnetts first goal of the season, just 14 seconds after Ben Lovejoy went off for tripping Mark Letestu. But Devante Smith-Pelly restored the Ducks two-goal margin at 13:06 of the second with a perfect redirect of Perrys soft cross-ice pass into the low slot lifting his left leg just in time after the puck hit the blade of his stick. Columbus right wing Adam Cracknell, who made his Blue Jackets debut in Thursdays 5-4 win at San Jose, left the game with an injured left knee after he and Nate Thompson slid into the boards going after a loose puck in left corner of Ducks zone at 2:54 of the third period. source:


“I’m playing simple, the way I want to. I’m working hard in practice and it pays off in the games.” It certainly did Wednesday, when Andersen made 22 saves in a 4-1 win over Buffalo. Fast starts are nothing new for Anaheim (6-1-0), which needs a win over Columbus to match its start from last season — dropping the opener before reeling off seven straight victories. Perry was the other key figure Wednesday, recording his second hat trick of the season to tie Rick Nash of the New York Rangers for the league lead with eight goals. “Corey is one of the best scorers in the game. And when you have that touch, the puck follows you,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “When you’re a natural goal-scorer like he is, the puck tends to find your stick and good things happen.” Of Perry’s seven career hat tricks, two came against the Blue Jackets (4-2-0) during the 2011-12 season, but he’s been limited to two goals in the past five meetings. He didn’t get a point in a 4-2 home defeat Feb. 3. Ryan Getzlaf had a goal in that meeting after joining Perry on the score sheet in a 4-3 win at Columbus on Oct. 27. source:


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