Atlanta at Columbus

    Blue Jackets 4, Thrashers 3 wire reports

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Nikita Filatov scored his second of the game with 4:53 remaining to send the Columbus Blue Jackets off to Sweden -- where they will open the regular season -- on a high note by beating the winless the Atlanta Thrashers 4-3 on Saturday.

    The Blue Jackets rallied from a two-goal, third-period deficit in the final NHL preseason game for both teams.

    Gliding patiently down the right wing, Filatov waited for a defenseman to drop to the ice to defend him and banked in a shot off goalie Chris Mason.

    Antoine Vermette, who also added an assist, tied it five minutes earlier from the edge of the crease, converting a long centering pass from Kristian Huselius in the right corner.

    Huselius also had a goal, and Rick Nash added two assists for Columbus (4-4-0), which left for Europe after the game. The Blue Jackets play an exhibition game Tuesday against Malmo before opening the regular season Oct. 8 in Stockholm against San Jose.

    Tobias Enstrom had a goal and two assists, and Freddy Meyer and Nigel Dawes also scored for Atlanta (0-5-1). The Thrashers begin their 2010-2011 campaign Oct. 8 against visiting Washington.

    Steve Mason made 29 saves for Columbus. Mason had 25 for Atlanta.

    Meyer opened the scoring with a shot from the right point at 2:50 of the first period. Filatov responded just 1:12 later, converting a 2-on-1 rush with Vermette.

    Working the power play, Enstrom scored on another point shot to make it 2-1 at 18:07.

    Huslius tied it late in the second period on a long shot from the top of the left circle. Dawes stuffed home his own rebound to give Atlanta the lead at 8:24 of the third.

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    Scoring Summary
    1st Period
    2:50Freddy Meyer - Assist: Tobias Enstrom
    3:12Nikita Filatov - Assists: Antoine Vermette and Rick Nash
    18:07Power Play - Tobias Enstrom - Assists: Bryan Little and Chris Thorburn
    2nd Period
    16:53Kristian Huselius - Assists: R.J. Umberger and Anton Stralman
    3rd Period
    8:24Nigel Dawes - Assists: Alex Burmistrov and Tobias Enstrom
    10:23Antoine Vermette - Assists: Kristian Huselius and Rick Nash
    15:07Nikita Filatov - Assists: Ethan Moreau and Nate Guenin
    Penalty Summary
    1st Period
    4:41Eric Boulton: fighting - major
    4:41Jared Boll: fighting - major
    6:31Tobias Enstrom: high-sticking - minor
    10:22Nate Guenin: tripping - minor
    14:52Antoine Vermette: tripping - minor
    17:08Ethan Moreau: high-sticking - minor
    2nd Period
    11:13Anthony Stewart: roughing - minor
    11:13Jared Boll: charging major - major
    14:40Evander Kane: high-sticking - minor
    17:41Alex Burmistrov: cross-checking - minor
    Shots on Goal
    Chris Mason58:47254
    Steve Mason60:00293
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    Referees - Gord Dwyer, Stephen Walkom
    Linesmen - Thor Nelson, Scott Cherrey
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