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Anisimov's 2 goals lead CBJ past Wings, 4-2

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Anisimov's 2 goals lead CBJ past Wings, 4-2

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Artem Anisimov scored twice in the second period, and Steve Mason stopped 32 shots to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Saturday night.

Mark Letestu added a short-handed goal, and James Wisniewski also scored for the Blue Jackets before leaving with an injury after he struck the end boards with his back early in the second period. Fedor Tyutin had two assists.

Mason, who earned his first win of the season, overcame an early goal by Johan Franzen. Damien Brunner added his fourth goal in the final seconds.

Anisimov was acquired last July in the blockbuster deal that sent captain Rick Nash to the New York Rangers. The Blue Jackets also sent a minor-league defenseman and a conditional third-round pick to the Rangers for Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon and a first-round pick.

Anisimov leads the offense-starved Blue Jackets with four goals.

The Blue Jackets started the second period on the power play, but they were at their best 5 on 5.

Early in the period, Columbus lost Wisniewski. He was chasing the puck when Detroit's Justin Abdelkader made contact with Nick Foligno, who then bumped into Wisniewski. He spun and hit the end boards hard, back first.

Wisniewski lay face down on the ice for a couple of minutes before medical personnel helped him turn over and eventually sit up. He was helped off the ice, skating between two teammates.

Anisimov got the first goal when Detroit defenseman Nicklas Kronwall tossed a blind pass that Anisimov intercepted. He carried the puck to the right corner, where he eluded Jonathan Ericksson, and then lifted the puck over goalie Jimmy Howard's shoulder.

Late in the period, Columbus defenseman John Moore slid a pass to Anisimov as he skated in from the left wing. Anisimov faked and got Howard to commit, then pulled the puck back and backhanded it into the vacant net for his fourth goal of the year.

It was Anisimov's first two-goal game since Nov. 11, 2010, when he was playing for the Rangers against Buffalo.

He made a run at a hat trick early in the third period, chipping the puck past Kronwall and then swooping in on Howard, who stopped his backhander.

Letestu made it 4-1 with a short-handed goal with 6:35 left, taking a lead pass from Dubinsky and sliding the puck between Howard's pads for his third of the season.

On Thursday, the Blue Jackets surrendered three goals in the first 14 minutes and were never really in a 4-1 loss to St. Louis. Coach Todd Richards and several players stressed that the club had to get off to a better start.

They did eventually against the Red Wings.

Detroit got on the board first - making it seven of the first nine games that Columbus gave up the first goal - when Franzen scored his second of the year. Kronwall's blast from the left corner of the blue line got through, perhaps even clipping Franzen's left skate, before Mason blocked it with his right pad. But Franzen was alone to jam in the rebound.

Howard made two big stops when the Blue Jackets went on their second power play, one on a slap shot by Vinny Prospal and then blocking Foligno's follow by diving to smother it.

But moments later, Tyutin circled the cage and fed Wisniewski for a hard drive from the point.

NOTES: Columbus goalies Mason and Sergei Bobrovsky each came in with a 2.97 goals-against average. ... Howard played in his 200th NHL game for the Red Wings. ... Wisniewski's goal stretched his point streak to four games (1-3-4). ... Two Wings had birthdays: Todd Bertuzzi turned 38, and Jordin Tootoo is 30. Tootoo, who wears No. 22, was born on 2/2.

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Miami tagged Jarvis Landry - what does it mean for the Redskins?

Miami tagged Jarvis Landry - what does it mean for the Redskins?

Everything in the NFL feels like a powder keg, but the reality of Tuesday's opening of the franchise and transition tag period will play out as much more of a slow burn.

Few teams ever actually make moves on the opening day of the tag period, though the Dolphins bucked that conventional wisdom and used the non-exclusive franchise designation on wide receiver Jarvis Landry. 

Astute Redskins fans know the tag system all too well. Landry can now sign a one-year, fully guaranteed contract with the Dolphins worth more than $16 million, the average of the Top  5 paid receivers in the NFL. They can also trade Landry, and the compensation discussion with a non-exclusive tag begins at two first round draft picks, though it can eventually be settled for much less. 

What, if anything, does Miami's move mean for the Redskins? Let's take a look:

  1. Not gonna work here - Landry never really seemed like a great fit for the Redskins as a free agent, and that was before the franchise tag. He's a really good slot WR, but Washington already has that in Jamison Crowder. Whether or not Landry actually gets a deal done with the Dolphins or gets traded, it seems highly unlikely the Redskins are his next team. 
  2. "Spirit of the tag" - Miami putting the tag on Landry so early in the process signals that the team might be trying to trade him instead of actually trying to sign him. If that's the case, and plenty of people are suggesting just that, it would seem to be in contrast with the "spirit of the tag." The idea is that a franchise or transition tag is supposed to be used as a tool by an NFL franchise to get a long-term deal done with one of their own players facing free agency. Using the tag as a mechanism to pull of a trade seems very different. Why does any of this matter for Redskins fans? As reports emerged that Washington might look to use a tag on Kirk Cousins and work to trade him, the Cousins camp has made clear they would file a grievance against that technique. Why? Because it would violate the spirit of the tag. Well, it sure looks like Miami is doing the same thing, and as of now, nobody has complained. The situations aren't identical, few resemble the Redskins long, slow, awkward dance with Cousins, but certainly worth monitoring. 
  3. $$$$Wide Receivers$$$$ - The Redskins could use a veteran wideout to help their young group of Crowder and Josh Doctson. Well, with Landry getting tagged, the price tag just went up. The player that seems to make the most sense in Washington would be Jaguars wideout Allen Robinson. Coming off a knee injury in 2017, some thought Robinson could be signed on a somewhat team-friendly deal. If Landry can get franchised after a season where he didn't even get to 1,000 yards receiving, any thought of a team-friendly deal for Robinson is dead. Make no mistake, Landry and Robinson are good players, but the ever-increasing NFL salary cap will make both young receivers very well paid. 

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Caps make second blue line addition, acquire Jakub Jerabek from Montreal

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Caps make second blue line addition, acquire Jakub Jerabek from Montreal

The Capitals continued to retool their scuffling blue line on Wednesday, acquiring 26-year-old defenseman Jakub Jerabek from Montreal in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2019.

The move comes a couple of days after GM Brian MacLellan dealt a conditional third-round selection to Chicago for swift skating Michal Kempny.

Both Jerabek and Kempny are left shot, puck-moving defensemen who move well and make crisp outlet passes. Both also hail from the Czech Republic.

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The team sees Jerabek as a No. 5 or 6, I’m told.

On Wednesday, the Caps also officially said goodbye to Taylor Chorney, who was claimed off waivers by Columbus. Chorney will report to the Blue Jackets.

The Caps were off on Wednesday as they made their way Florida for Thursday night’s meeting with the Panthers, so it’s unclear how Coach Barry Trotz intends to deploy his new defensemen.

But it’s probably safe to assume that Kempny will move into a spot within the top four with John Carlson, Dmitry Orlov and Matt Niskanen.

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That figures to leave Brooks Orpik and Jerabek on the third pair, while rookies Christian Djoos and Madison Bowey jockey for position as the next man up.

Kempny is expected to make his Caps’ debut on Thursday night.

Is the Caps’ D corps better? Well, that remains to be seen. But it had become clear to MacLellan and Co. in recent weeks that the status quo was not going to cut it. This month, in fact, the team has allowed 39 goals in 10 games. Only the Rangers (40) have allowed more in the same span.

With the trade deadline looming next Monday, the Caps now have roughly $617,000 in cap space, according to www.capfriendly.com, and are at the roster maximum of 23 players. So they would need to make a move in order to add another body.