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Elbow to the head knocks Rask and entire Bruins team off kilter

Rask went unavenged by the offense which failed to score a goal for the first time all season.
Credit: AP Photo/Paul Vernon
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Markus Nutivaara, of Finland, checks Boston Bruins forward Chris Wagner during the first period of a game in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Elvis Merzlikins recorded his second consecutive shutout and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Atlantic Division-leading Boston Bruins 3-0 for their fourth win in five games. 

Alexander Wennberg, Kevin Stenlund and Riley Nash scored for Columbus. 

Boston goaltender Jaroslav Halak entered the game at 1:12 of the first period after Tukka Rask was inadvertently struck in the head by an elbow in the crease. 

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Halak stopped 24 shots in relief as the Bruins lost their second straight and were shut out for the first time this season.