Chicago at Columbus

Modin scores pair in second, Blackhawks officially eliminated

CBS wire reports

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Scoring goals can take the sting off playing games without a chance at the playoffs.

Fredrik Modin scored twice in the second period to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Tuesday night.

The Central Division teams entered the contest with 63 points. Philadephia and Phoenix are the only NHL teams with fewer points.

"Its fun to score some goals," said Modin, who now has 19 on the season. "I thought our line played well. We held on to the puck and created some chances down low. David (Vyborny) and Alex (Svitov) made some great passes for the goals. It was a good night for us."

Gilbert Brule added a goal and an assist for Columbus, which had lost four of its last five. Derrick Walser and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen scored their first goals of the season. Vyborny had the first assist on each of Modin's tallies.

Rene Bourque and Patrick Sharp found the net for Chicago, which was officially eliminated from postseason contention with the loss. The Blackhawks have lost three of their last four games. Cameron Barker assisted on both scores.

"We made a lot of mistakes," Chicago coach Denis Savard said. "We need consistent play from everybody, starting with your best players all the way down."

Tied 1-1 entering the second period, the Blue Jackets dominated the middle frame with precision passing between Vyborny and Modin, who scored his goals 5:13 apart.

Moments after goalie Fredrik Norrena stopped Tony Salmelainen on a breakaway, Vyborny fed Modin a slick backhand pass across the crease. Modin skated past Dustin Byfuglien, who was recalled for the game, for the tap in at 5:13.

"He's (Vyborny) a smart player," said Modin, who has 10 points in his last 12 games. "It just feels that it's easy to read off him, what he was trying to do. I was trying to get open. He's that kind of player that can get you the puck. I have fun playing with him."

Later skating 4-on-4, Vyborny and Modin made three passes between them, with the last one a give-and-go around Danny Richmond. Modin skated in from the right wing and roofed a shot over Nikolai Khabibulin at 10:26 to make it 3-1.

Sergei Fedorov, starting his fourth straight game on defense, started the play from near the Columbus net and picked up an assist.

"He's (Modin) a guy you take for granted," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. "You don't worry about whether he's going to show up and play the right way. You know he will."

Walser, reacquired from Carolina in the offseason, scored his first goal since Dec. 13, 2003, at 18:08 on a Blue Jackets power play to make it 4-1.

"The guys played great," said Walser, recalled for the game because four Columbus defensemen are out with injuries. "I thought they moved the puck, they backchecked."


  • The lights went out in Nationwide Arena for a few seconds late in the first period. Play resumed about 20 seconds later with a faceoff.
  • Modin, acquired in an offseason trade from Tampa Bay, registered his first multi-goal game as a Blue Jackets player.
  • Chicago has allowed 11 power-play goals in seven games against Columbus. The Hawks are worst in the league at penalty killing.
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Fredrik Modin is psyched after picking up his second marker in the second period.  (AP)
Fredrik Modin is psyched after picking up his second marker in the second period. (AP)
Chicago (27-36-9)1012
Columbus  (29-37-7) «1315
Three Stars
F. Modin

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
G. Brule

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
O. Tollefsen

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
02:40Gilbert Brule (8), Wrist Shot - Unassisted.
12:33Rene Bourque (7), Wrist Shot - Assist: Cam Barker
05:13Fredrik Modin (18), Wrist Shot - Assists: David Vyborny, Alexander Svitov
10:26Fredrik Modin (19), Wrist Shot - Assists: David Vyborny, Sergei Fedorov
18:08Power Play - Derrick Walser, Slap Shot - Assists: Nikolai Zherdev, Rick Nash
07:14Power Play - Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, Tip-In - Assists: Alexandre Picard, Gilbert Brule
09:44Power Play - Patrick Sharp (16), Slap Shot - Assists: Jason Williams, Cam Barker
Penalty Summary
06:57Arkhipov: Holding - 2 min.
10:16Modin: Hooking - 2 min.
16:44Hamilton: Holding - 2 min.
02:16Seabrook: Roughing - 2 min.
02:16Seabrook: Cross Check - 2 min.
02:16Picard: Roughing - 2 min.
08:46Nash: Hooking - 2 min.
09:41Barker: Hooking - 2 min.
17:07Byfuglien: Hooking - 2 min.
19:02Modin: Hooking - 2 min.
05:18Malhotra: Fighting - 5 min.
05:18Richmond: Fighting - 5 min.
05:18Richmond: Holding - 2 min.
08:51Methot: Hooking - 2 min.
09:23Fedorov: Holding - 2 min.
15:00Arkhipov: Hooking - 2 min.
Nikolai Khabibulin59:54255
Fredrik Norrena59:55222
Game Information
Attendance - 15195
Referees - Wes McCauley, Craig Spada
Linesmen - Derek Amell, Tony Sericolo
Other Games
Bos 0 Final
Mon 1
Fla 4 Final
Phi 1
NJ 1 Final
Tor 2
NYI 3 Final
TB 4
Pho 2 Final
Min 3
Ott 4 Final
StL 2
Det 1 Final
Cal 2