Columbus right wing Cam Atkinson, right, is pressured by Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski.	AP PHOTOSun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our
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BOSTON (AP) -- Milan Lucic saved the Boston Bruins from a lackluster defensive night, blocking a shot in the final minute of overtime and turning it into the game-winning goal.

Lucic stepped in front of a shot by Cam Atkinson just inside the blue line and the puck took a big bounce toward the Columbus end with nobody between Lucic and Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobvrosky. Lucic corralled the puck and poked a shot between Bobvrosky's pads for a 3-2 win.

"It's my first overtime goal that I ever scored and it ends up being a big one," said Lucic, who leads the Bruins with eight goals.

Loui Eriksson and Shawn Thornton also scored the Bruins.

Boston goalie Chad Johnson stopped 32 shots, making his third start this season with No. 1 netminder Tuukka Rask getting a night off.

Columbus was coming off a 4-3 overtime loss in Washington on Tuesday and has won just once in the last eight games.

Boston's two goals in regulation both came on unintentional deflections and another fortunate bounce allowed the Bruins to extend their winning streak to four straight.

Atkinson's shot bounced hard off Lucic and headed straight in the opposite direction.

Even Lucic called it a "lucky bounce" as the Bruins won despite getting outshot 12-7 in the third period and 2-1 in overtime.