Pre-season Post Game: vs. Washington

Mayorov tallies again and Giroux pots game-winner

Wednesday, 09.21.2011 / 10:54 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

The exhibition season serves many purposes, and one of them is to acclimate players with new teammates and get into the flow of NHL games again. Against the Washington Capitals at Nationwide Arena, there was a lot of that.

But first, the result: the Blue Jackets weathered a late two-goal splurge from the Capitals, and earned the win thanks to Alexandre Giroux's one-timer on the power play in overtime. Washington, down 3-1 with 2:26 to play, tallied goals from Andrew Carroll and Roman Hamrlik to force extra time.

Columbus and Washington played a spirited preseason contest for the better part of 60 minutes, chock full of penalty minutes, a couple of fluke goals and some combativeness.

Head coach Scott Arniel wanted to get the remaining veterans into the lineup, and that list included center Jeff Carter, captain Rick Nash and starting goaltender Steve Mason. Making his first start of the preseason, Mason looked every bit the part of a cool and composed goalie – steering rebounds into the corner off his stick or absorbing the puck into his equipment.

Notable Nuggets
-For the second consecutive game, winger Maksim Mayorov made a good account of himself on the ice. He scored a gorgeous shorthanded goal in the second period, going top-shelf on a touch feed from R.J. Umberger. Arniel has said there are some forward spots up for grabs during training camp, and it looks like Mayorov heeded the message.

-Carter was confident with the puck in his debut, and the top line overall played a sturdy game. They threatened late in the third period and nearly won the game in overtime. It’s just the first go-round, but we will see a lot more of the Nash-Carter tandem in the coming games.

-Injury news: Arniel revealed post-game that goalie Mark Dekanich suffered a high-ankle sprain Tuesday night vs. Winnipeg, and is expected to miss four weeks. Theo Ruth (lower-body) and Tomas Kubalik (concussion) are among the injured, as well.

-Another game, another strong showing from Cam Atkinson. The Boston College product put his nifty hands on display with a backhander in the first period.

-A beauty from David Savard made it 3-1 Columbus midway through the third period. Mayorov, from behind the net, found Savard off the point and the defenseman deked to the slot and beat Braden Holtby to the glove hand side.

-Steve Mason: solid. Looked in position, top of his crease and in control for most of the night. He played the balance of the game and made 27 saves.

Some Quotables…
Arniel on Steve Mason: "I thought he was outstanding. When we were slow to get going there in the early going, they had some quality chances and he came up with the stops. He made the saves he needed to make, and it’s unfortunate we gave up a couple of sloppy goals late. He was good tonight."

Arniel the play of young players: "When you have young guys (playing well), they are the players you want to see a spark from. We played a few kids tonight, gave them lots of minutes and put them in positions to have success. I thought there were guys that got to play against some pretty good hockey players and did a good job." Arniel on the play of Mayorov: "As a penalty-killer and a shutdown guy, (Mayorov understands) that has skill can come from that. Max knows his role, he knows there's a job open there and from day one of training camp he's been very determined. He's a guy that's looking to stay here."

Three Stars:
1.Maksim Mayorov (CBJ) – 1 goal, 1 assist (+1)
2.David Savard (CBJ) – 1 goal, 1 assist (+1)
3.Alexandre Giroux (CBJ) – game-winning goal (PP)

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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 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Johansen 82 33 30 3 63
J. Wisniewski 75 7 44 0 51
B. Dubinsky 76 16 34 5 50
C. Atkinson 79 21 19 -4 40
A. Anisimov 81 22 17 -2 39
N. Foligno 70 18 21 5 39
R. Umberger 74 18 16 -3 34
M. Letestu 82 12 22 1 34
J. Johnson 82 5 28 -7 33
B. Jenner 72 16 13 6 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 32 20 5 .923 2.38
C. McElhinney 10 11 1 .909 2.70
 
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