National Sports

Blue Jackets have share of conference lead for the moment


UNDATED (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets held a piece of the NHL's Metropolitan Division lead for a few hours on Saturday, only to fall back to second place with Washington's win at Tampa Bay.

Cam Atkinson scored 79 seconds into overtime to complete the Jackets' 3-2 win over the New York Islanders in Brooklyn. Oliver Bjorkstrand and Josh Anderson had second-period goals to give Columbus a 2-1 lead, but the Isles earned a point by getting a John Tavares goal 8:48 into the third.

New York fell one point behind Toronto for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

The Capitals had dropped five of six before T.J. Oshie (OH'-shee) recorded a hat trick and had an assist in a 5-3 win at Tampa Bay. Justin Williams and John Carlson supplied goals early in the third period as the Caps became the first team to clinch a Stanley Cup playoff berth.

Nicklas Backstrom collected four assists against the Lightning, who are two points out of an Eastern Conference playoff slot.

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