COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Artem Anisimov has had trouble staying healthy this season for the Columbus Blue Jackets, missing games already because of a bruised foot and a concussion.
On Sunday, he left the ice limping again, this time after getting drilled in the knee by a puck shot by Colorado's Ryan O'Reilly in the first period. But this time he returned to finish the game.
Oh, did he finish the game.
Anisimov's goal at 2:26 of overtime sent Columbus to a long-awaited 2-1 win over Colorado before 13,778 in Nationwide Arena. The Jackets had lost their four previous games this season that went to overtime or a shootout.
"I wasn't sure where the puck hit him, and the original report from the trainers wasn't good," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "I wasn't anticipating him coming back.
"But it was great to hear at the start of the second period that he was coming back and going to try to play. For him to be part of the game-winning goal, it probably doesn't hurt as bad."
Anisimov beat Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov to the near post with the Blue Jackets on a 4-on-3 power play. It was the second overtime game winner of Anisimov's career.
"I moved closer and closer to the net," Anisimov said, reliving the play. "I looked to the back door, it was closed. I looked far side, it was closed. So I shot short side. It went in.
"We need to start winning, and this is the first step. We can be a dangerous club if we continue to play like this."
Ageless winger Vinny Prospal also scored for the Blue Jackets, who have a season-long three-game point streak (1-0-2). Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had 18 saves, earning just his second win since Jan. 28.