Depleted Jackets Fall At Chicago, 3-2

Sunday, 09.25.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
Columbus Blue Jackets

A shorthanded Blue Jackets squad dropped a phycisal 3-2 decision at Chicago on Sunday evening. The Jackets were limited to just 18 players -- 16 skaters and two goalies, two skaters less than the normal number -- after a flu-like virus infected half the team's roster.

The Blue Jackets took an early 1-0 advantage at 14:04 of the first period when Trevor Letowski scored his first goal of the preseason, a power-play goal. Manny Malhotra took a pass from Nikolai Zherdev, who leads the team with four points, giving Malhotra and Letowski a two-on-one advantage with Letowski beating Nikolai Khabibulin to the stick side, giving the Jackets the early lead.

The Blackhawks' Kyle Calder scored goals with less than a minute remaining in the first period to tie the score.

Between the first and second periods the Blue Jackets were forced to make a goaltending change, when starter Pascal Leclaire fell ill with the same virus, giving way to rookie Tomas Popperle. Leclaire stopped 11-of-12 shots in the first period, continuing his strong training camp showing. Popperle, making his North American debut, stopped 18-of-20 shots and five-of-five shootout opportunities, including several athletic pad saves.

Calder netted his second goal of the evening, a power-play tally midway through the second period to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead. The Blue Jackets’ Steven Goertzen scored at 13:54 of the third period to tie the game at two. Ben Simon and Jody Shelley earned assists on the play, with Goertzen scoring on the rebound. Simon was the key to play, keeping the puck alive to the left of the Chicago goal, before he was finally able to poke it free from the scrum to Goertzen at the far post. Goertzen was one of the stars of the night for the Blue Jackets, playing a physical all-around game with several big hits and a couple of strong drives to the nets.

Calder played a role in the final goal for Chicago, assisting Rene Borque on the power-play for the game-winner just 55 seconds into the third period.

The Blue Jackets nearly tied the game on several occasions in the third period, including a wrist shot by Nikolai Zherdev midway through the stanza which beat Khabibulin clean, but rang off the post.

In the shootout exhibition following the game, the teams remained scoreless through four rounds before Mark Hartigan snapped a shot past Khabibulin and Popperle made sure it held up by turning aside Bourque.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
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