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Loui Eriksson, right, celebrates his first goal as a Bruin.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Loui Eriksson’s game-winning goal didn’t earn any style points, at least in his eyes.

The rest of the Boston Bruins thought it looked just fine.

Eriksson scored from a hard angle in the opening minute of the third period, a goal he said "wasn’t the prettiest one."

His first goal with Boston helped the Bruins to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

"I think he only scores nice goals," said Tuukka Rask, who made 26 saves including a few sterling ones late to preserve a one-goal lead. "I mean, it was an unbelievable goal. He does that in practice all the time, too."

Bruins center Brad Marchand rated it a masterpiece.

"It’s great to see him get one there," he said. "It was a beautiful goal. That gets the monkey off his back."

Eriksson, acquired last summer in the trade that sent Tyler Seguin to Dallas, had scored his first 150 goals for the Stars. He came in scoreless in three games for the Bruins.

He said he hadn’t reached the point of pressing for goals yet.

"I’ve had some slow starts in other years," he said. "It’ll come. If you create chances out there, it’ll come. We did that today, and I was able to get one."

Boston, which trailed and was shut out until late in the second period, took the lead for good on Eriksson’s breakthrough goal.

On a rush, Patrice Bergeron found Eriksson with a nifty cross-ice pass.


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From the right side of the goal line, Eriksson tucked a high shot just inside the near post over goalie Sergei Bobrovsky’s left shoulder 49 seconds into the third.