Rookie Gilbert Brule Records An Assist In NHL Debut
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Ohio Native Dan Fritsche Scores Two; Jackets Fall, 3-2
Rookie Gilbert Brule Records An Assist In NHL Debut

Wednesday, 10.05.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
Columbus Blue Jackets
Ohio native Dan Fritsche scored two goals and rookie Gilbert Brule recorded an assist in his NHL debut as the Blue Jackets fell in their season opener, 3-2 at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday night.

The Jackets took the early 1-0 lead on the first of Fritsche’s two goals on the evening. Brule flipped a pass over the head of the Washington defense and Fritsche used his speed to track down the puck and beat Washington goaltender Olaf Kolzig for the early lead.

The Capitals’ Alexander Ovechkin, the No.1 pick from the 2004 draft, knotted the score just 29 seconds later on the first of his two goals on the evening.

The Jackets regained the lead at 10:22 when Luke Richardson put a shot on net that Kolzig deflected toward the goal line to his right. Fritsche corralled the lose puck and made an athletic move to beat Kolzig to his stick side, giving Columbus a 2-1 lead.

But Washington scored two power-play goals to close out the second period and give the Capitals a 3-2 lead at the second intermission that they would not squander.

The Jackets out shot Washington 17-6 in the third, and 37-19 for the game, but were unable to solve Kolzig to tie the game. Pascal Leclaire made 16 saves in taking the loss in his third career NHL start. Washington finished 2-for-8 on the power play, while the Jackets went 0-for-9.

Fritsche, Todd Marchant, Geoff Sanderson and free agent acquisition Bryan Berard paced the Jackets with four shots each.

The Jackets return to action on Friday night, in the team’s home opener, facing the Calgary Flames at 7 p.m.

SCHEDULE

HOME
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 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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