Zherdev Adds His Team-Leading Fifth Assist
"/>
 

Balastik and Brule Score For Columbus; Jackets Fall 7-2
Zherdev Adds His Team-Leading Fifth Assist

Tuesday, 09.27.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
Columbus Blue Jackets
Jaroslav Balastik continued his strong preseason with a goal and the Blue Jackets top pick in 2005 Gilbert Brule also scored, but the Penguins were too much for the young, undermanned Jackets, as they fell, 7-2 at Mellon Arena on Tuesday night.

Still recovering from a flu-like virus that infected most of the Blue Jackets’ roster, Columbus fell behind 3-0 early in the second period, on goals by Ric Jackman, Mario Lemieux and Ryan Malone.

But just 25 seconds after Malone’s goal, Nikolai Zherdev worked the puck along the boards and fired a pass in front of the net where Balastik scored his second goal of the preseason to cut the lead to 3-1. Peter Sarno and Zherdev earned assists on the play. For Zherdev, it was his team-leading fifth assist of the preseason.

The Penguins scored three more times in the second period for a 6-1 lead, when Tomas Popperle relieved Martin Prusek in the CBJ goal. Popperle shined in the net, stopping 11-of-12 shots, making many acrobatic saves.

In the shootout, Popperle stopped the Penguins first two shot attempts, denying both Mark Recchi and Sidney Crosby to bring his streak to seven consecutive shootout saves after stopping five-of-five against the Blackhawks on Sunday night. But the future Hall of Famer Lemieux finally solved the young netminder on Pittsburgh’s third and final attempt, as the Penguins prevailed in the shootout, 1-0.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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
 
Columbusbluejackets.com is the official Web site of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Columbus Blue Jackets and columbusbluejackets.com are trademarks of The Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Club.  NHL and the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup are registered trademarks and the NHL Shield and NHL Conference logos are trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P.  Copyright © 2009 Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Club and the National Hockey League.  All Rights Reserved. View the Columbus Blue Jackets Privacy Policy AdChoices NHL.com Terms of Service
Please use the feedback form if you have any recommendations or comments.