Hofmann scored 1st NHL goal, Blue Jackets defeated Dallas 4-1

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Gregory Hofmann scored his first NHL goal and added an assist, leading the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars Monday night.

Oliver Bjorkstrand added a goal and his 100th career assistant, and Zach Werenski had a goal and an assist as Columbus won for the second time in three games. Alexandre Texier scored in an empty net.

Tyler Seguin scored for Stars.

Elvis Merzlikins stopped 31 shots and is unbeaten in four starts this season. He returned a barrage of shots back and cleared the zone with a confident poke check, carrying a shutout bid into the final three minutes of the game.

Bjorkstrand put Columbus on the board early, taking a pass from Jack Roslovic and Hofmann at 5:53 in the first period and beating Braden Holtby in a hurry with his third goal and team-leading eighth point.

Bjorkstrand has three multipoint matches this season.

The Jackets looked to go up 2-0 at 7:17 in the second, but Cole Silinger’s shot was considered not to be completely across the goal line.

Hofmann made it 2-0 and brought the home crowd to their feet with his first NHL goal 10:39 in the second, a shot from a feed from Bjorkstrand.

Columbus went up 3-0 on Werenski’s goal at 5:14 of the third, redirected a Sean Kuraly shot and gave Kuraly his first point since joining his home team from Boston.

Seguin made it 3-1 at 17:41 of the third after Holtby was pulled for an extra skater.

An empty nights of Texier at. 18:11 extended the Columbus lead to 4-1.

Holtby, who got his fifth start in six games, stopped 22 shots in the defeat.

NEXT UP

Dallas: Hosts for Vegas on Wednesday

Columbus: Visits the New York Rangers on Friday.

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