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game recap

Zucker scores lone shootout goal to give Wild the win

Monday, 09.23.2013 / 10:37 PM

Kristyn Repke - BlueJackets.com

Three Stars of the Game
Sergei Bobrovsky
1st
SA: 27TOI: 65:00
GA: 1
PIM: 0
SV%: .963
Josh Harding
2nd
Josh Harding
SA: 21TOI: 65:00
GA: 1
PIM: 0
SV%: .952
Boone Jenner
3rd
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 0PIM: 5
+/-: -1TOI: 15:56

THE RUNDOWN

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.

THREE STARS

1. SERGEI BOBROVSKY (CBJ)

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.

2. JOSH HARDING (MIN)

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.

3. BOONE JENNER (CBJ)

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
NONE
2nd Period
06:19
CBJ
PPG - James Wisniewski (1) Slapshot - ASST: Marian Gaborik (1), Jack Johnson (1)
1 - 0 CBJ
3rd Period
11:36
MIN
Keith Ballard (1) Snap shot - ASST: Jason Zucker (1), Justin Fontaine (1)
1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
00:00
MIN
Jason Zucker (1) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
1 - 1 Tie
Shootout
RNDCBJMINTOTAL
1A. Anisimov
J. Zucker
0 - 1
2C. Atkinson
E. Haula
0 - 1
3M. Calvert
0 - 1
penalty summary
1st Period
03:41
MIN
Matt Dumba  Holding  - 2 min against  Michael Chaput
09:10
MIN
Jake Dowell  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Fedor Tyutin
16:55
CBJ
Dalton Prout  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Erik Haula
2nd Period
04:58
MIN
Jon Landry  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Boone Jenner
04:58
CBJ
Boone Jenner  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Jon Landry
04:58
MIN
Jon Landry served by Kristopher Foucault  Roughing  - 2 min against  Boone Jenner
10:14
CBJ
Matt Calvert  Interference  - 2 min against  David Steckel
11:51
MIN
Carson McMillan  Too many men/ice - bench  - 2 min
17:08
CBJ
Dalton Prout  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Nino Niederreiter
3rd Period
00:09
CBJ
Cam Atkinson  Hooking  - 2 min against  Matt Cooke
18:47
CBJ
Blake Comeau  Interference  - 2 min against  Jason Zucker
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
NONE
goalie stats
Josh Harding
Josh Harding
SA: 21TOI: 65:00
GA: 1SV%: .952
Sergei Bobrovsky
SA: 27TOI: 65:00
GA: 1SV%: .963
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