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No revenge as Blue Jackets beat Chicago for the second time in 4 days

compiled from staff, wire and internet reports

After the Blue Jackets demolished the Chicago Blackhawks this past Thursday at Nationwide Arena, 8-3, most of the Blackhawks players including head coach Joel Quenneville couldn’t wait until Sunday to get the Jackets on their home ice for a payback. After all, Chicago had 3 days of practice to get ready, while the Jackets had to play on Saturday night at home and lost in overtime to the New York Islanders and had to travel late Saturday night to the Windy City for back-to-back games. All scenarios led to the rested Blackhawks ready to have a blow out of their own? Not at all!

Steve Mason, Jakub Voracek, Andrew Murray, Mike Commodore, Derick Brassard and R.J. Umberger led the way for a 4-2 Columbus win over Chicago on Sunday night.

Steve Mason seems to be finally rounding into the form that everybody saw last season as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year, as he made 33 saves and allowed only 1 goal. The other Chicago goal was knocked into the net by a Columbus player by accident.

Jakub Voracek scored two goals and had an assist in the win over the reeling Chicago Blackhawks who are 2-4-2 in the last eight games.

Andrew Murray and Mike Commodore also scored for Columbus. Derick Brassard and R.J. Umberger each had two assists for the Blue Jackets.

Eventhough Columbus is out of the playoff chase, clinging to 5th place in the Central Division and 14th in the Western Conference, they have played well under interim coach Claude Noel who is 9-5-4 since taking over for the fired Ken Hitchcock on February 3.

Despite all of their recent inconsistent play, the Blackhawks remain seven points ahead of second-place Nashville in the Central Division, but they keep missing opportunities to gain on San Jose in the race for first place in the Western Conference.

Coach Claude Noel (cbj)

Early in the game, Chicago played as if they were out to put the game away early.  Dave Bolland was credited with the goal that opened the scoring at the 8:58 mark of the first period. Steve Mason stopped a Brent Seabrook shot off the right wing, and Bolland failed in his attempt to put in the rebound from the side of the net. Columbus center Antione Vermette  tried to clear the puck out of the crease area but accidentally knocked it past Mason, giving Chicago a 1-0 lead.

Andrew Murray brought the Jackets back into a 1-1 tie just shy of two minutes later during a delayed penalty call when he knocked in a loose puck from a scramble in the crease area.

Columbus basically put the game away in the second period by scoring twice for a 3-1 lead. Jakub Voracek knocked in a loose puck into a wide-open net with 6:35 left in the second  period for a 2-1 lead. After Chicago goalie Antii Niemi blocked Derick Brassard’s shot from the right circle and dropped to the ice and Voracek pounced on the rebound from the left side of the crease.

Mike Commodore pushed the lead out to 3-1, scoring on a shot from the point with 6.3 seconds left in the second period while his teammate Jakub Voracek was screening Niemi’s vision.

Goalie Steve Mason (cbj)

Patrick Sharp cut the deficit to 3-2 in the third period with 3:13 left when he scored on a short-handed breakaway. The goal gave Chicago late momentum, but Voracek scored on an empty net goal with 8 seconds remaining to seal the win.

New York Islanders win a rare road game in Columbus

Columbus, Ohio– The New York Islanders inability to win road games is the real reason they’re in 11th place in the Eastern Conference. New York earned only its second road victory since January 18 with a  4-3 come-from-behind win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in overtime. During that span, the Islanders are 2-10-1 on the road during that span.

The Islanders struck twice in a 62-second span early in the first period to take  the lead, 2-0.

But Columbus started to come back. R.J. Umberger scored in the second period off a deflected 50-foot shot.

The Blue Jackets trailed 2-1 heading into the third period, but Rick Nash and Grant Clitstone scored goals :45 seconds apart early in the period to put Columbus in front.

Dwayne Roloson Islanders (NYI)

Nash put a giveaway by Mark Streit 33 seconds into the net off a pass from Kristian Huselius for his 31st goal. Clitstone followed with a wrist shot from the left circle for his first NHL goal.

Kyle Okposo, Sean Bergenheim and Jon Sim scored in regulation for the Islanders.

Josh Bailey Islanders (NYI)

Josh Bailey scored 2:58 into overtime to give New York their first win at Nationwide Arena in their sixth try. The Columbus, Ohio arena was the only NHL venue in which the Islanders had never won.

On the game-winning goal, Columbus defenseman Mike Commodore got caught pinching deep in the New York zone. The Islanders Mark Streit moved rapidly out of the zone and slid the puck into the slot for John Tavares, who dumped it off to Bailey. The speedy center snapped a low shot past Mathieu Garon from inside the left circle and that was the game.

SOUNDS FROM THE POSTGAME LOCKER ROOM (to listen to an audio file, click on the number)

44 684 John Taveres NY Islanders Hard fought game Islanders fortunate to win in OT

44 685 John Tavares NY Islanders NY had a nice first period up quick at 2-0

44 686 John Tavares NY Islanders Dwayne Roloson came up big in goal in the 3rd period and OT

44 687 John Tavares NY Islanders This time of year its pride for non playoff teams

44 691 Josh Bailey NY Islanders They take some pride in playing hard every game whether in playoff race or not

44 693 Claude Noel Columbus Overall he didn’t like his team’s play in the game at all

44 694 Claude Noel Columbus coach His defense wasn’t there to prevent OT goal

44 695 Claude Noel Columbus coach His team came back from 2-0 deficit to tie

44 697 Claude Noel Columbus coach On rookie Grant Clitsome’s goal in 3rd put CBJ up 3-2

GAME NOTES
* Columbus is 7-1-4 all-time against the New York Islanders, including 5-0-2 at Nationwide Arena.

* John Tavares tied the Islanders club record for points in a game with a five-point game on Tuesday March 23, 2010 against the Vancouver Canucks. Tavares joins Dave Hutson, Mike Bossy, Pat Lafontaine, Mikko Makela and Bryan Trottier as the only other rookies to have recorded five-point games. Hudson’s five-point night ironically came against the Canucks on March 3, 1973.  Bryan Trottier had two five-point games as a rookie.  Tavares’ five-point night is the most by any rookie this season in a sigle game.

* Islanders first year center, John Tavares is ranked second in the NHL in rookie scoring.  Tavares has 21 goals and 23 assists for 44 points in 74 games.  He is tied with Colorado Avalanche forward, Matt Duchene for the league lead in power-play tallies with 10.  Taveras leads all rookies in power-play scoring with 21 points coming on the man-advantage.

ENTERTAINMENT: Saturday is Huntington Hat Night at Nationwide Arena

Courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets

Huntington presents Hat Night at Nationwide Arena when the Blue Jackets host the New York Islanders on Saturday, May 27 at 7 p.m. All fans in attendance will receive a Blue Jackets hat courtesy of  Huntington. Tickets starting at $20.00 are available at Ticketmaster and www.BlueJackets.com.

Rick Nash leads Columbus against New York (cbj)

In addition, a minimum of 250 Huntington Green Seats are available for just $10.00 at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office starting at 5 p.m.

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