Balastik Wins It As Columbus Rallies

Saturday, 03.25.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
Columbus Blue Jackets
(AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets took the hard way in becoming the first team to rally to victory in the third period against the Detroit Red Wings.

Jaroslav Balastik capped a comeback with the only goal of the shootout to give the Blue Jackets a 5-4 win over Detroit on Saturday night.

David Vyborny, Rostislav Klesla and Rick Nash each had a goal and an assist, and Manny Malhotra also tallied for Columbus, which scored four times in the third period after trailing 3-0. Ron Hainsey added two assists.

"To stop those three guys is a feat in itself," Blue Jackets coach Gerard Gallant said.

Pascal Leclaire, who also made 40 saves in regulation and overtime, turned aside Pavel Datsyuk, Jason Williams and Henrik Zetterberg in the tiebreaker.

Nash and Vyborny failed for the Blue Jackets against Chris Osgood.

Steve Yzerman, Robert Lang, and Datsyuk each had a goal and an assist, and Johan Franzen also scored for Detroit in regulation. The Red Wings had been 32-0-1 when leading after two.

"We stopped playing and doing the things you need to do to win," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.

The Red Wings led 3-0 in the third period, but Columbus rallied to take a 4-3 lead on Malhotra's goal with 5:15 left in the third period.

"It was kind of getting to desperation time for us," Malhotra said. "We weren't very happy the way we started the game."

But Datsyuk tied it with 1:50 remaining with a wrist shot from the high slot.

"Shocked and definitely disappointed," forward Mark Mowers said.

Nash pulled Columbus into a 3-3 tie with 5:44 left when he moved in off right wing, cut across the crease and slid the puck past Osgood.

Klesla put Columbus on the board with 7:48 remaining, when he scored on a slap shot from the right point.

Vyborny cut the deficit to 3-2 with 9:21 left when Klesla's shot went in off him.

"We buried our chances," Nash said. "I think we got most of our chances in the third. We were working a lot harder and we owe a lot to Pascal Leclaire. "

Franzen gave Detroit a 1-0 lead at 3:23 of the first period when he put a shot in from the slot after knocking down Brendan Shanahan's pass.

Yzerman made it 2-0 with just 22.8 seconds remaining in the opening period, when he tipped Andreas Lilja's shot out of the air.

Lang scored on a shot from the inside edge of the left circle with 7:07 left in the second period.

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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
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
F. Tyutin 2 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 2 0 0 -1 0
B. Comeau 2 0 0 -2 0
N. Nikitin 2 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 2 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
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