Zucker scores lone shootout goal to give Wild the win

Kristyn Repke  - BlueJackets.com | Monday, 09.23.2013 / 10:37 PM


The Blue Jackets spent a significant amount of practice time working on the power play and penalty kill, and those units put in a lot of work tonight. Both teams were off to a slow start in the first period, but, after going 0-for-2 on the first two power plays without any shots, James Wisniewski converted the Blue Jackets' first power play shot for a goal off a Marian Gaborik pass.

Despite the shot clock proving otherwise through the first two periods, with the shots totaling 20-10 in favor of the Wild, the Blue Jackets maintained possession of the puck for the majority of the first 40 minutes.

The Blue Jackets also had the advantage on the physical side of the game through the first 40 minutes. Matt Calvert and Boone Jenner were phyiscal presences on both ends of the ice, totaling a combined 13 hits, leading the Blue Jackets to a 35-21 advantage in the hits department by the end of the game.

However, the Blue Jackets' control and momentum was short-lived as Keith Ballard tied the game with just about nine minutes to play, which eventually forced the game into overtime. Despite starting the extra time on the man-advantage, the Wild were unable to convert and both teams were evenly matched through the additional five minutes.

Then came one of the most high-pressure situations in the game: the shootout (sure, even if it's preseason!) After Anisimov failed to convert on his attempt, Jason Zucker snuck the puck just through the pads of Bobrovsky, which ended up sealing the win for the Wild as Blue Jackets forwards Cam Atkinson and Matt Calvert failed to score on Harding.



After stopping 26 of 27 shots in regulation and coming up big when it counted in the first 60 minutes for the Blue Jackets, Jason Zucker snuck a puck in past Bobrovsky in the shootout to give the Wild the win. Despite being on the losing side of the scoresheet, Bobrovsky looked to be close to regular-season form than he has in his past exhibition game play and finished the night with a 0.963 save percentage.


Harding finished the night with a 0.952 save percentage and stopped shots by Anisimov, Atkinson and Calvert in the shootout. His big saves late in the game and during the shootout are what sealed the win for his team, even though he did not have to work too much until the back half of the game.


Once again, Jenner made his presence felt at of the ice as he tallied nearly 16 minutes of ice time, and recorded four shots and four hits on the night. As one of the guys fighting for one of the two remaining forward spots for the Blue Jackets' opening night roster, Jenner once again made his case for a position through his play tonight.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
06:19CBJ PPG - James Wisniewski (1) Slapshot - ASST: Marian Gaborik (1), Jack Johnson (1) 1 - 0 CBJ
3rd Period
11:36MIN Keith Ballard (1) Snap shot - ASST: Jason Zucker (1), Justin Fontaine (1) 1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
1CBJArtem Anisimov - Save
2MINJason Zucker - Goal
3CBJCam Atkinson - Save
4MINErik Haula - Save
5CBJMatt Calvert - Save
Shootout Summary
RNDColumbus Blue JacketsMinnesota Wild
1Artem AnisimovJason Zucker
2Cam AtkinsonErik Haula
3Matt Calvert
Three Stars of the Game
Sergei Bobrovsky
Sergei Bobrovsky
SA: 27TOI: 65:00
GA: 1
PIM: 0
SV%: .963
Josh Harding
Josh Harding
SA: 21TOI: 65:00
GA: 1
PIM: 0
SV%: .952
Boone Jenner
Boone Jenner
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 0PIM: 5
+/-: -1TOI: 15:56
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:41MIN Matt Dumba  Holding  - 2 min against  Michael Chaput
09:10MIN Jake Dowell  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Fedor Tyutin
16:55CBJ Dalton Prout  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Erik Haula
2nd Period
04:58MIN Jon Landry  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Boone Jenner
04:58CBJ Boone Jenner  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Jon Landry
04:58MIN Jon Landry served by Kristopher Foucault  Roughing  - 2 min against  Boone Jenner
10:14CBJ Matt Calvert  Interference  - 2 min against  David Steckel
11:51MIN Carson McMillan  Too many men/ice - bench  - 2 min
17:08CBJ Dalton Prout  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Nino Niederreiter
3rd Period
00:09CBJ Cam Atkinson  Hooking  - 2 min against  Matt Cooke
18:47CBJ Blake Comeau  Interference  - 2 min against  Jason Zucker
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/51/4
Faceoff Wins2430
Blocked Shots199
Penalty Minutes1315
2K. BallardD1012022:33
4C. StonerD0002021:50
7J. BlumD0001021:34
16J. ZuckerL0113019:15
17T. MitchellC0001014:28
18J. DowellC0000211:02
21K. BrodziakC0004020:56
22N. NiederreiterR0001018:13
24M. CookeL0001020:04
26D. SteckelC0003012:25
34J. LandryD0001713:18
39N. ProsserD0001022:20
45C. McMillanR0001011:37
52J. FontaineR0111018:55
53T. GraovacC0000011:49
55M. DumbaD0012222:36
56E. HaulaC0013017:29
72K. FoucaultL0000012:19
31J. Gustafsson00.0000:00
37J. Harding2021.95265:00
7J. JohnsonD0102027:10
10M. GaborikR01-13022:20
11M. CalvertL0001215:31
12R. CraigC000009:50
13C. AtkinsonR0001214:29
14B. ComeauL0001213:45
17B. DubinskyC00-12022:55
20T. ErixonD00-10019:48
21J. WisniewskiD1002022:54
24D. MacKenzieC000008:24
27R. MurrayD0001015:32
32C. BassC000109:20
38B. JennerC00-14515:56
39M. ChaputC0000014:08
42A. AnisimovC0000017:36
47D. ProutD00-12419:56
51F. TyutinD0001024:19
71N. FolignoL0000016:07
30M. McKenna00.0000:00
72S. Bobrovsky2627.96365:00