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Anisimov scored
COLUMBUS, Ohio - While Artem Anisimov has found another level of play, the Blue Jackets are still trying to find how to keep the pressure on as they chase a playoff spot. Anisimov scored twice, including a late insurance goal, as Columbus held off a third-period Dallas rally for a 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars. "Right now might be as good as weve seen him play in a Columbus uniform," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said of Anisimov, who has scored five times in the last four games. "Two huge goals for us, especially the last one with the way the game was going." Columbus dug in for its third straight win to climb into a tie for seventh with the Rangers in the Eastern Conference. "Bobs (Sergei Bobrovsky) our last line of defence and its a great last line to have," Richards said. "But as a young team going forward and playing with leads, a 3-0 lead, thats where you want to continue to go after teams." The Blue Jackets are vying for only their second post-season appearance since joining the league in 2000. Columbus scored on the first shot of the game and bolted ahead on first-period goals by Boone Jenner, R.J. Umberger and Anisimov against backup Dan Ellis. Ellis was shaky early in making his first appearance since Feb. 1. "Its not easy," Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said of his goalies long layoff. "I kind of felt for him. The first shot got by him and I think that maybe rattled him a little bit." At the other end, Bobrovsky finished with 31 saves, one on an open shot by Jamie Benn with 5 minutes left with the Blue Jackets clinging to a one-goal lead. Bobrovsky nimbly tracked loose pucks and shots from near the crease all game to improve to 5-0-1 against Dallas. Defencemen Alex Goligoski and Trevor Daley had goals early in the third period for the Stars. With the loss, Dallas, which had won five of seven, still sits in eighth place in the Western Conference. Leading 3-0 entering the final period, Columbus seemed in control even though it had been drastically outshot since taking the big lead near the midpoint of the first. But the Stars finally broke through, scoring about two minutes apart. Goligoski fired home a rebound on the power play from near the crease, his fourth goal and second in as many games after a 48-game drought. Daley followed with his fifth on a redirection from between the circles off a soft point shot by Sergei Gonchar. "Sometimes you are going to get hit with some adversity," Ruff said of his teams slow start. "We were knocking on the door and we had a couple of good opportunities." Dallas kept coming, but Anisimov all but ended it with his 18th at 15:53 on a backhander after circling toward the crease from behind the net with Goligoski on his back. "We wanted to start fast," Umberger said. "We were prepared for a fast game. They get up and down the ice pretty quick. The first period definitely was the reason we won tonight. Bob held the fort for us the rest of the game." The Blue Jackets benefited from one stick-handling flub after another by Dallas defensive corps in the first period. With a fill head of steam, Jenner sent a long snap shot from the left circle into the far corner above Ellis outstretched glove for his 11th. Then the miscues. Aaron Rome then swept the puck off Brandon Dubinskys stick in the slot to a streaking Umberger, who scored his 17th. Just over four minutes later, the Stars Jordie Benn cleared the puck into traffic to teammate Cody Eakin, who bobbled it back toward the net to Anisimov. The big centre turned and sent a backhander past Ellis to make it 3-0. "Hes just stepping up and making big plays," Umberger said of Anisimov. "You can see hes capable, hes confident right now. Hes strong on the puck." The Stars outshot Columbus 12-1 in the second period but didnt have many prime scoring chances other than two by Tyler Seguin on a power play that Bobrovsky smothered. "We had a good first and the second wasnt our strongest period," Jenner said. "I thought we did a good job in the intermission of regrouping, knowing we still had the lead. I thought we had good desperation in the third." Notes: The Stars traded injured D Stephane Robidas to the Ducks on Tuesday for a conditional fourth-round pick. ... Columbus played without injured defencemen Fedor Tyutin and Ryan Murray, both out with lower-body injuries. ... Dallas entered 16-5-3 against the Blue Jackets in Nationwide Arena. ... Dallas C Rich Peverley did not play due to an upper-body injury. ... Stars LW Antoine Roussel become the fourth player from France to appear in at least 100 NHL games. Raul Mondesi Jersey . Russell Wilson against Darrelle Revis, former teammate Brandon Browner and whatever schemes Bill Belichick dreams up. 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Hopefully, we dont have Wednesday night football.Arians said the short week is a lot tougher on the road team.You have to travel on Wednesday and flying at any time you have swelling, its not a good match, he said.Arizona is playing meaningful games in December, and thats always a goal, the coach said.For some teams, it (playing in December) doesnt mean a damn thing except the seasons almost over, Arians said. Ive been on that side. This one means a lot because everything rides from here on in, so every game is a real playoff game, especially in the NFC with so many teams sitting at nine (wins).One of those teams is Seattle. The Seahawks are a game behind the Cardinals and come to Arizona a week from this Sunday. The flip side of playing on a short week is getting extra time to rest and prepare for the next game.Yeah, its a bad week until Friday, Arians said, then its a nice week and youre glad you played Thursday night.With iits 17-14 win over Kansas City on Sunday, Arizona reached 10 wins two years in a row for the first time since 1976.dddddddddddd.The Cardinals coaches put the game plan together for the Rams last week, even as the team was preparing for Kansas City. It better be a good one because St. Louis has outscored its last two opponents, Oakland and Washington, by a combined 77-0.Theyre playing as good a football as anybody now, defensive end Calais Campbell said. Its a division game, a team you know. They know us, guys youve played against multiple times. Its going to be a good football game.The Cardinals had lost two straight, both on the road, before beating the Chiefs. The team improved to 7-0 at home, the most for the franchise in the 16-game era.Arizona is 13-2 at home in Arians two seasons with the team.The Cardinals ground game, so bad most of the season, broke out behind Kerwynn Williams, who had never carried the ball in a regular-season game until Sunday. Two days after being elevated from the practice squad, Williams rushed for 100 yards, the first time this season anyone had reached the century mark.But Williams wont necessarily be the featured back in St. Louis.With Andre Ellington out for the season with a hip injury, the Cardinals plan to rely on the trio of Williams, Stepfan Taylor and Marion Grice.But have no doubt, Williams will get the ball.Oh yeah, Arians said. Hell get his chances to do it again.___AP NFL websites: and ' ' '

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