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A Big Lift

The Blue Jackets’ 4-3 shootout win over Minnesota was the perfect tonic in a sour stretch

Wednesday, 12.29.2010 / 2:45 PM / Features
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

Midway through the third period of Monday's tilt between the Blue Jackets and Wild at Nationwide Arena, the game hung in the balance.

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Minnesota was white-knuckling its 2-1 lead thanks to a Mikko Koivu goal with 1.5 seconds left in the second period. Columbus was riding momentum from multiple penalty kills and came to life in the final frame.

Then, Anton Stralman sealed the wall and the puck found its way to Fedor Tyutin low in the left circle. He blasted a slapper over Wild goalie Jose Theodore’s left shoulder to tie the game with 13:06 remaining.

The Blue Jackets were back in business, and they fed off that goal. Their strong third-period effort paid off in a 4-3 shootout win over the Wild.

"I think everyone needed this one," said center Kyle Wilson, who also scored the deiciding goal in the shootout.

"We were down one going into the third period and to be able to come back, the good teams are the ones that are able to do that. It shows that we are ready to make a push here."

Under a minute later, Andrew Murray tucked a surprise wrap-around behind Theodore and gave Columbus its first lead of the game.

The Blue Jackets built the game piece by piece, and made sure that each minute passing was another step forward.

Steve Mason made four big stops on the most dangerous player in the game—Koivu—three in overtime and once in the shootout.

Of his 37 saves, those were the highlight for the goalie that head coach Scott Arniel hopes gains confidence from the win.

"We've had a tough time (of late), but we found a way to scramble back," Arniel said. "At the end of the day, we got the two points and that's what we needed.

"(Mason) gave us a chance to win. He got himself a win in a really crazy game. Hopefully, confidence-wise, this a good jolt for him."

Most encouraging for Columbus was its character-building third period, and taking control of the game when the outcome was unsettled.

"For myself it's a big win, but for the team, it's an even bigger win," Mason said. "We really needed this one and our guys really came through tonight."

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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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