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Blown Leads Haunt Jackets

In short, third period blown leads haunt Columbus again.

Last Four:

At Ottawa:

Antoine Vermette returned to Ottawa for the first time since being traded to Columbus last season.

For the fourth straight game, the Blue Jackets relinquished a lead on the road and lost the game.

Columbus took the lead late in the first period on a Kristian Huselius power play goal, but held it for less than a minute before Ottawa’s Jason Spezza tied the game with his second goal of the year.

Ottawa took the lead for good with just over six minutes remaining in the game when Nick Folingo scored on the power play.

Columbus goaltender Steve Mason made 34 saves in the loss.

Calgary:

After a road trip filled with blown games and injuries, the Blue Jackets returned home to face Jerome Iginla and the Calgary Flames.

The Jackets have been heavily outscored in the third period all year long, and that was again the case last Saturday night.

Columbus entered the third leading 3-1 after second period goals from the captain Rick Nash, Mark Methot, and Jared Boll.

The Jackets held that lead all the way under the six-minute mark. However, Columbus allowed two goals in the span of 1:19, sending the game to overtime.

In the shootout, the first two shooters for each team scored, sending the shootout to a fourth shooter.

Jamie Lundmark put one past Mason to give the Flames the win.

It was the fifth straight loss for Columbus.

St. Louis:

After dropping five of six games to the Blues a year ago, the Blue Jackets won the first game between the teams this season.

Columbus forward R.J. Umberger recorded his second career hat-trick in the 5-2 win. The Ohio State alum’s only other three-goal performance came while he was still playing for Philadelphia on Dec. 11, 2007 against Pittsburgh.

Russell and Vermette also added goals for Columbus.

Steve Mason made 27 saves for Columbus in the win.

The game was not all good news for the Blue Jackets however, as they lost defenseman Rostislav Klesla to injury.

Klelsa had to helped off the ice by teammates and trainers after a collision with St. Louis’ Barret Jackman.

Tuesday, the club announced that Klesla suffered a torn groin and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

At Chicago:

With a 4-3 shootout loss, Columbus extended its point streak to three games.

However, the Blue Jackets again surrendered a third period lead, sending the game to overtime.

After a scoreless OT period, the teams entered what would become the longest shootout in Blackhawks history.

After Jakub Voracek tied the score at one in the third round of the shootout, eight more rounds ensued before a winner was determined.

Brent Seabrook finally put one behind Mason to give Chicago the victory.

The Youth:

Kris Russell has tallied two goals and two assists in his last two games.

Also, Nikita Filatov has five goals, 10 points, and a +7 rating in six games for CSKA Moscow of the KHL.

Power Play Watch:

Columbus was 1-6 on the pp at Ottawa, 1-2 against Calgary, 0-5 against St. Louis, and 0-3 at Chicago, bring the season total to 25-104, or 24 percent, third best in the NHL.

The Kill:

The Jackets fought off 3 of 4 power plays at Ottawa, 2-3 against Calgary, 3-4 against St. Louis, and 2-4 at Chicago.

This brings the season total to 94-121, or 77.7 percent. This ranks 22nd in the NHL

Central Race:

Chicago leads in the central with 37 points. Nashville and Columbus follow with 31. Next is Detroit with 30, then St. Louis with 25.

Injury Report:

The Blue Jackets have placed defenseman Rusty Klesla on IR and is expect him to miss 4-6 weeks.

Up Next:

The Blue Jackets return home on Thursday to face Eastern Conference foe Toronto.

The Leafs are last place in the Northeast Division but are 4-2-4 in their last 10 road games.

Saturday, Columbus will face the Colorado Avalanche, who have cooled off lately after a hot start.

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