Greenwich’s Atkinson helps Columbus win club’s first NHL playoff game

Greenwich native and Columbus Blue Jacket forward Cam Atkinson fires a shot at net during a game against the New York Rangers. — John Ferris Robben photo

Greenwich native and Columbus Blue Jacket forward Cam Atkinson fires a shot at net during a game against the New York Rangers. — John Ferris Robben photo

Playing in his first National Hockey League playoff series in his young career, Greenwich native Cam Atkinson netted an assist in double overtime to help the Columbus Blue Jackets stun the No. 2 seeded Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3.

At the 1:10 mark of the second overtime, with both teams tied 3-3, Atkinson got the Brandon Dubinsky pass from behind the net and fired a shot at Pittsburgh goalie Mark-Andre Fleury. Although Fleury made the initial save, Columbus’ Matt Calvert got possession of the loose puck and was able to push the puck in the back of the net for the 4-3 victory.

The win was the Columbus Blue Jacket’s first ever playoff victory and knotted the NHL playoff first round series at 1-1. Atkinson and the Blue Jackets return home Monday night when Columbus hosts game three of the series. The puck drops at 7 p.m.

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