Chicago at Columbus

Blue Jackets diminish Blackhawks' postseason hopes with shutout

CBSSports.com wire reports
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The last two times the Columbus Blue Jackets hosted the Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus was run out of its own building.

The Blue Jackets were determined not to let that happen again.

In his second NHL game, Clay Wilson notched his first goal and assist to lead the Blue Jackets to a 4-0 victory against the Blackhawks on Wednesday.

Wilson, David Vyborny and Michael Peca scored in the third period after Joakim Lindstrom put Columbus ahead in the first period.

The Blackhawks won their previous two visits to Columbus 7-2 and 6-3. This time they managed only 17 shots.

Fredrik Norrena had his second shutout of the season for the Blue Jackets, who ended a three-game losing streak.

"They crushed us the last couple of games at home," Norrena said. "We underestimated them for some reason. It's the two toughest games I've had all year. Tonight we slowed them down."

Columbus had a 12-4 shot advantage through the first 20 minutes, holding Chicago without a shot for more than 11 minutes.

"We didn't have too many shots, too many good scoring chances for whatever reason," Chicago coach Denis Savard said. "To get as few a shots as we did is frustrating. It's tough to take now. It was a big game."

Chicago is six points out of the final playoff spot with five games to play.

Wilson, a defenseman called up Tuesday from Syracuse of the American Hockey League, assisted on the power-play goal by Lindstrom at 4:49 of the second and he made it 2-0 off a centering pass from Nikolai Zherdev at 7:13 of the third.

"It's unbelievable," Wilson said. "I came up here not expecting too much, just trying to keep it simple.

"Luckily, tonight went well. (Zherdev) made a nice pass to me in the slot. I closed my eyes and the puck went in. It's just a great feeling. It's something you wait your whole life for. The first period I was nervous but as the game went along I was more comfortable."

Vyborny scored 1:26 later when his shot went off a Chicago player and past Nikolai Khabibulin. Peca scored at 11:57 with each team down a man.

"We've been up and down for a while, playing a good period here and a bad period there," Columbus captain Rick Nash said. "Finally, tonight we put three periods together and it shows what we can do when we play our style."

Khabibulin had 32 saves.

"The first four minutes we played pretty good, came out strong," Savard said. "Then we took some bad penalties, gave them the momentum and never recovered."

Notes

  • Chicago C Robert Lang (sore back) played but D Cam Barker (concussion) was scratched.
  • The Blue Jackets had six regulars out because of injuries: G Pascal Leclaire (head), D Kris Russell (groin), D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen (upper body), RW Jared Boll (hip), RW Dan Fritsche (broken hand) and LW Fredrik Modin (concussion).
  • Columbus was 1-for-5 on the power play; Chicago 1-for-3.
  • Columbus leads the season series 4-3 with the final meeting Sunday in Chicago.
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Rookie defenseman Clay Wilson celebrates his first NHL goal with a score in the third period.  (AP)
Rookie defenseman Clay Wilson celebrates his first NHL goal with a score in the third period. (AP)

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Scoreboard
Chicago (36-33-8)0000
Columbus  (34-32-11) «0134
Three Stars
C. Wilson
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Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
J. Novotny
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Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
F. Norrena
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Saves: 17
Save Pct.: 1.000
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
04:49Power Play - Joakim Lindstrom (3), Snap Shot. Assist: Clay Wilson, Jiri Novotny
3RD PERIOD
07:13Clay Wilson (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Nikolai Zherdev, Manny Malhotra
08:39David Vyborny (7), Snap Shot, Unassisted.
11:57Short - Michael Peca (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Rostislav Klesla, Rick Nash
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
04:23Bolland, 2 min, Slashing
16:10Toews, 2 min, Tripping
16:10Novotny, 2 min, Roughing
16:39Hjalmarsson, 2 min, Tripping
2ND PERIOD
04:42Byfuglien, 2 min, Hooking
06:12Nash, 2 min, Interference
12:42Klesla, 2 min, Hooking
3RD PERIOD
02:15Bolland, 2 min, Boarding
09:59Sharp, 2 min, Tripping
11:23Novotny, 2 min, Slashing
15:08Kane, 2 min, Hooking
18:40Rome, 5 min, Fighting
18:40Seabrook, 5 min, Fighting
20:00Zherdev, 2 min, Holding
Shots On Goal
 123T
Chicago46717
Columbus12111336
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Nikolai Khabibulin59:56324
Fredrik Norrena59:57170
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Chicago0-for-0
Columbus1-for-2
Game Information
Attendance - 14454
Referees - Stephane Auger, Dan O'Rourke
Linesmen - Pierre Champoux, Tony Sericolo
 
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