In front of 18,381 fans, The Blue Jackets were edged by the Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 3-2 Saturday at Nationwide Arena. Chicago is now 5-0 to start the regular season, while Columbus is now 1-3-1.
Columbus dominated the first part of this contest, and as a result, they scored the game’s first goal. At the 7:35 mark of the first period, Mark Letestu (pictured) shoveled the puck past a sprawled out, and turned around, Corey Crawford to make the score 1-0. Derek Dorsett and Nick Foligno assisted on the tally.
With just over two minutes remaining in the opening frame, David Bolland scored his third goal of the season to tie the game. Patrick Kane came in on a partial breakaway and was originally stopped by Steve Mason. The rebound went right to Bolland though, who backhanded the puck over a scrambling Mason, and into the top part of the net.
Bryan Bickell and Jonathan Toews added goals to increase the Blackhawks’ lead to two goals.
Columbus pulled their goalie with about two and a half minutes left in the third period. Artem Anisimov scored his second goal of the year to cut Chicago’s lead in half with 2:19 remaining in the frame. Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Johansen earned the assists on the play.
Columbus outshot Chicago 28-26 in the contest.
* With 7:25 to go in the second period, the Blue Jackets had a goal waved off because of “incidental contact”. RJ Umberger and Foligno were in front of the Chicago goal crease, but there was literally no contact made whatsoever with Crawford. In fact, Crawford didn’t even complain at all after the goal was scored. Bad breaks will happen though, and that was certainly a bad break for the Jackets.
*Mason had a strong night in net. He made a couple of tremendous glove saves, while none of the goals he allowed could be identified as soft.
*The Blue Jackets will be home on Monday night against the Dallas Stars at 7:00.
More to come,