Blue Jackets lose to Chicago in a Shootout
In the final game before the Olympic break, the Columbus Blue Jackets picked up a point in the 5-4 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. The game started with three first period goals; started by Kristian Huselius’ 17th of the season. The goal was aided by Antoine Vermette and Milan Jurcina. The Blue Jackets added to the lead at the 13:19 mark with a Raffi Torres goal. It was his 19th of the season, and Jakub Voracek and Derick Brassard picked up assists. The Central leading Blackhawks cut the lead in half with just 6 seconds remaining in the quarter, when Patrick Kane picked up his 25th of the season; on a power play from Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith. In the period, the Blue Jackets were whistled for six penalty minutes to Chicago’s 2.
The second quarter was all Chicago. The Blackhawks scored three unanswered goals, with Bryan Bickwell getting the party started at the 3:07 mark. Bickwell’s goal was assisted by Jake Dowell and Jordan Hendry. With the game tied at 2, Jake Dowell picked up his first goal of the season at the 12:42 mark. Troy Brouwer and Patrick Sharp picked up assists on the goal. Chicago added to their lead at the 13:59 mark when Patrick Sharp netted his 19th goal of the season. Jonathan Toews and Tomas Kopecky picked up assists on the goal. Columbus cut into the lead with 2:16 to go in the period when Rick Nash added his team leading 28th goal with assists from R.J. Umberger and Kristian Huseluis.
The final period saw only one goal: from Columbus. Just over 12:00 to go in the game, Fedor Tyutin scored his fourth goal of the season, with assists from Kris Russell and Fredrik Modin. The Blue Jackets held off quite a barrage of Blackhawks shots to send the game into overtime.
After a scoreless overtime, the two teams went into a shoot-out. After two Blue Jacket players failed to score, Patrick Kane snuck one past Mathieu Garon. Kristian Huselius tied the game, and Garon saved a Patrick Sharp miss to keep the game tied. Antoine Vermette failed to score, which sent the shoot-out to the final shooter – Troy Brouwer, who sent one past Garon for the win.
The Blue Jackets will now take until March 2nd off, when they host the Vancouver Canucks.