Columbus improves to 6-0-1 in OT games
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Zherdev Ties It, Balastik Wins It in 4-3 Victory Over Chicago
Columbus improves to 6-0-1 in OT games

Monday, 12.26.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
Columbus Blue Jackets
(AP) - Nikolai Zherdev tied the game with an acrobatic goal in the final seconds of regulation and Jaroslav Balastik scored in overtime to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night.

Balastik took a pass from Radoslav Suchy for a slap shot from near the right faceoff dot to beat Nikolai Khabibulin 2:35 into the overtime and end the Blue Jackets' six-game losing streak. It was Balastik's sixth goal of the season and fourth in the last three games.

Zherdev tied it with 23 seconds left in regulation, skating end-to-end and muscling past four defenders in the Columbus zone before charging in on Khabibulin. Khabibulin stopped Zherdev's jam in the crease, but Zherdev tapped in the follow while flying through the air after the goalie knocked him off his skates.

The dramatic victory improved Columbus to 6-1 in overtime games and shootouts - and 4-25-0 in games decided in regulation.

Rostislav Klesla and Adam Foote had goals for Columbus, with Klesla and Zherdev each adding an assist and Ron Hainsey had two.

Martin Lapointe, Anton Babchuk and Duncan Keith scored for the Blackhawks, who have lost four in a row and six of seven.

The Blackhawks went up 1-0 on their second shot of the game. Matthew Barnaby dug the puck out of the corner and tossed it back to Lapointe for a one-timer from the top of the right circle. It was Lapointe's seventh goal of the year and second in as many games.

Chicago survived almost a minute with a two-man disadvantage but Columbus tied the game soon after on the power play. Klesla's shot, a hard one-timer from close to the blue line, eluded Khabibulin on the stick side. It was Klesla's second goal of the year and his 50th career point.

In a wild second period, the teams combined for three goals - two short-handed and one on the power play.

Klesla's long pass to Zherdev helped set up Foote's short-handed goal to give Columbus a 2-1 lead. Zherdev saucered a pass to Foote for a shot from the right circle 1:57 in.

The Blackhawks pulled even on Babchuk's second of the year, on the power play. His long slap shot made it through traffic with 8 seconds left on the man advantage.

Keith then broke the tie on a shot from the point off a drop pass from Mikael Holmqvist. The soft goal led several fans to begin jeering Columbus goaltender Marc Denis, who finished with 42 saves.

Notes: RW David Vyborny, Columbus' leading point scorer, returned from a rib injury that caused him to miss the last two games and end a 194-game playing streak. ... Barnaby received a 10-minute misconduct in the first period for inciting. ... The Blue Jackets scored short-handed goals in consecutive games for the second time in franchise history.

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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

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2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Dubinsky 4 1 5 1 6
J. Johnson 4 3 2 1 5
R. Johansen 4 2 3 0 5
B. Jenner 4 2 2 -2 4
M. Calvert 4 2 1 3 3
D. Savard 4 0 3 2 3
M. Letestu 4 1 1 -1 2
C. Atkinson 4 1 1 2 2
J. Wisniewski 4 0 2 -4 2
A. Anisimov 4 0 2 -1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 2 2 0 .900 3.22
 
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