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Werenski, Anderson score as Blue Jackets beat Panthers 2-1

Columbus Blue Jackets' Josh Anderson, left, tries to knock Florida Panthers' Aleksander Barkov, of Finland, away from the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets beat the Panthers 2-1. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Columbus Blue Jackets' Josh Anderson, left, tries to knock Florida Panthers' Aleksander Barkov, of Finland, away from the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets beat the Panthers 2-1. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Zach Werenski and Josh Anderson scored 3:26 apart in the second period to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 33 saves for his NHL-leading 38th win to help Columbus pull two points behind Washington in the Presidents' Trophy race for the best record in the league. The Blue Jackets have won six of their last eight games.

Jonathan Marchessault scored with 1:45 left in the first period for Florida, which lost for the ninth time in 11 games.

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Columbus tied it with 4:05 left in the second when Werenski shot from the far left side of the ice caught Panthers goalie James Reimer looking for his 11th.

Anderson, who had an assist on Werenski's goal, then put the Blue Jackets ahead with 39 seconds remaining in the second when he knocked Jack Johnson's blue-line shot down and into the net for his 15th.