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Moreau's overtime winner lifts Blue Jackets past Sharks

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The Columbus Blue Jackets beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Saturday thanks to an overtime goal from Ethan Moreau that gave the team a split of their two-game series in Sweden that opened the NHL season for both teams.

Moreau scored the winner less than two minutes into the overtime period with a wrist shot that beat San Jose goalie Antero Niittymaki in front of a crowd of 9,537.

The game was one of six regular-season matches being played in Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic this week as part of the NHL's biggest opening tour in Europe.

San Jose got on the board early when Devin Setoguchi scored a power-play goal two minutes into the game that gave San Jose a 1-0 lead, but Columbus sniper Rick Nash answered 71 seconds later with his first of the season.

Columbus goalie Steve Mason turned aside all 12 shots he faced during the second period and San Jose went 0-for-4 on the power play during a scoreless second period.

Sweden's Kristian Huselius gave Columbus their first lead of the game when he tallied on the power play for his second goal of the season about five minutes into the third period.

But San Jose answered about two minutes later when Joe Thornton scored his second of the season on a power-play goal assisted by Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau.

The Sharks, who hit the post twice during the final period, had a great chance to win the game in regulation when Rostislav Klesla took a boarding penalty with about two minutes to play but came up short.

(Writing by Philip O'Connor in Budapest, Editing by Frank Pingue)

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