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Atkinson was credited with the Blue Jackets ' only goal Monday during 2-1 loss to the Lightning in Game 4 of their first-round Series. It's not exactly accurate to say he scored it-Pierre-Luc Dubois snap shot from the high slot that caught Andrei Vasilevskiy in the chest, and the rebound carom off the leg of off-balance Atkinson and into the net as he skated by. After missing the last two games, though, 31-year-old was a welcome presence in the Jackets lineup even as they came up short. Atkinson has three goals and six points through seven postseason contests, and he'll try to help the club avoid elimination in Game 5 on Wednesday. Atkinson will return to the lineup against the Lightning for Monday's Game 4, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports. Atkinson should jump back into second-line role with Nick Foligno and Booner Jenner. Prior to getting hurt, 30-year-old Atkinson notched five points in six postseason clashes while averaging 3: 06 of ice time with man advantage. Despite all the time on the power play, Atkinson still hasn't converted outside of even strength. Atkinson won't play in Thursday's Game 2 against the Lightning. Atkinson was driven into the net hard by Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman during the Fifth overtime of Tuesday's Game 1 loss, and although he didn't appear to suffer injury during that play, his absence from Game 2 is more than likely result of that collision. The 31-year-old winger will be reevaluate ahead of Saturday's Game 3. In the meantime, Nick Foligno will likely get bump up into top-six role. Atkinson supply two assists and five shots on goal in Thursday's 4-3 overtime win over the Maple Leafs in Game 3. Atkinson had helper on the first two of Pierre-Luc Dubois' three tallies in the contest. The two-assist effort gives Atkinson four points, eight shots and a plus-4 rating through three games in the Series. The winger was limited to 26 points in 44 regular-season contests, as he missed 26 games due to injuries. Atkinson recorded a goal, assist and a plus-2 rating in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Maple Leafs in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers. Atkinson broke a scoreless tie with his tally at 1: 05 of the third period, and that would stand as the game-winning goal. He added helper to Alexander Wennberg's empty-net marker. Atkinson had a down year with 12 goals and 26 points in injury-riddle 44 games, all of which were his lowest totals since 2013. Now fully healthy and serving in a top-line role, Atkinson could make a big impact during the playoffs. Atkinson managed just 12 goals and 14 assists in 44 games before being suspension from playing in mid-March. The Connecticut native missed two large chunks of games due to injury, but the lack of goal scoring is still bothersome after last year's 41-tally explosion.

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