Greenwich native Atkinson helps Blue Jackets stay in NHL playoff hunt

Greenwich native and Columbus Blue Jackets' Cam Atkinson takes to the ice during a recent game. — photo courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets

Greenwich native and Columbus Blue Jackets’ Cam Atkinson takes to the ice during a recent game. — photo courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets

The National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets are making a strong push to the Western Conference playoffs and Greenwich native Cam Atkinson was a key contributor last night.

During yesterday’s game against fellow Western Conference playoff hopeful Dallas Stars, Atkinson scored two of the Blue Jacket’s three goals and was the leader in the team’s 3-1 victory.

Atkinson’s two-goal performance couldn’t have come at a better time for Columbus. With the victory, Columbus sits tied with the Minnesota Wild in points with 53 and sit ninth overall in the Western Conference. The Detroit Red Wings are seventh in the conference with 54 points.

The Blue Jackets, who move to 7-3 in their last 10 games, will be in action Saturday to finish their regular season with a home game against the Nashville Predators. The Wild play tonight at home against Edmonton and tomorrow on the road against the Colorado Avalanche to wrap up their season. Like Columbus, the Red Wings will finish their regular season with a road game against the Dallas Stars Saturday.

The Greenwich native started Thursday night’s game in grand fashion, scoring 19 seconds into the contest. Blake Comeau and Brandon Dubinsky were credited with assists on the play. Atkinson struck again and iced the contest late in the third period. With only 1:40 to play in the game and the Blue Jackets clinging to a 2-1 lead, Atkinson found the back of the net again. This time Jack Johnson and Dalton Prout were given assists on the goal.

Atkinson led Columbus with seven shots on goal and also tallied one hit for good measure. So far this season, Atkinson has eight goals and eight assists.

For his efforts in the contest, Atkinson was named the game’s top star. Dubinsky was the second star of the game and teammate Sergei Bobrovsky was the game’s third star.

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