Columbus at San Jose

Jackets split two-game series with Sharks in Sweden


STOCKHOLM -- Ethan Moreau scored in overtime for the Columbus Blue Jackets to beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 and tie their two-game NHL series in Sweden on Saturday.

Joe Thornton's power-play goal tied it at 2 in the final period, after Swedish-born Kristian Huselius had thrilled the crowd when he scored his second goal of the season on a power play to put the Blue Jackets up 2-1 at the start of the third.

"It was nice to bounce back and get the win here," Huselius said.

San Jose took the lead with a power-play goal from Devin Setoguchi 2:02 into the first period.

Columbus' Rick Nash leveled a little over a minute later when his wrist shot beat Sharks goalie Antero Niittymaki.

Niittymaki started the game ahead of Antti Niemi in the San Jose goal and made 22 saves. Steve Mason in Columbus' goal had a big game, stopping 33 shots.

"I think it's safe to say that he's [Mason] probably got his game back to where it was two years ago," said Columbus coach Scott Arniel. "Last night he got off to a slow start but he was outstanding from that second period on, and tonight all three periods."

San Jose won Friday's game 3-2.

There were a lot more empty seats at the 13,500-capacity Globen Arena compared to Friday, probably due more to high ticket prices than an apathetic Swedish public.

"I guess it was more fans here the first game but it felt like it was more noise and they were more into the game tonight," said Huselius. "We had some good times here."

Like in the first game, the frantic start was followed by a cagey second period with neither team able to add to the score.

As well as being the Blue Jackets' first win of the season, it was also coach Arniel's first in the NHL.

"I didn't want this to drag on," Arniel said. "The longer it goes on you start to worry and wonder when it's going to come but certainly in that dramatic fashion tonight, we had a pretty happy bench and a pretty big group hug behind the bench after Ethan scored."

San Jose hit the post twice in the second period with the score at 2-2.

"I didn't think we were very competitive early in the game," said San Jose coach Todd McLellan. "It's been a long trip."

McLellan added that he has a better idea of what the team needs to improve on.

"At least we have a measuring tool, we know where we're at, we have some points in the bank that people can't take away from us and we start building on our season," McLellan said.

The teams' next matches will be back on more familiar territory. Columbus hosts Stanley Cup-holder Chicago next Friday and San Jose plays Atlanta a day later.

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Ethan Moreau (center) celebrates his overtime winner with teammates Kris Russel (10) and Fedor Tyutin. (AP)
Ethan Moreau (center) celebrates his overtime winner with teammates Kris Russel (10) and Fedor Tyutin. (AP)
Columbus  (1-1-0) «10113
San Jose (1-0-1)10102
Three Stars
S. Mason

Saves: 33
Save Pct.: .943
J. Thornton

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
E. Moreau

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
02:02Power Play - Devin Setoguchi (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Demers, Clowe
03:13Rick Nash (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Vermette, Huselius
05:07Power Play - Kristian Huselius (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Filatov, Stralman
07:05Power Play - Joe Thornton (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Heatley, Marleau
01:56Ethan Moreau (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Tyutin
Penalty Summary
06.0Vermette, 2 min, Holding the Stick
05:52Demers, 2 min, Slashing
18:08McGinn, 2 min, Kneeing
15.0McGinn, 2 min, Hooking
49.0Vermette, 2 min, Slashing
03:22Moreau, 2 min, Roughing
09:08Stralman, 2 min, Hooking
11:22Hejda, 2 min, High-Sticking
04:40Setoguchi, 2 min, Interference
05:30Commodore, 2 min, Hooking
10:23Moreau, 2 min, Tripping
18:07Klesla, 2 min, Boarding
Shots On Goal
San Jose7121635
Steve Mason 61:56332
Antero Niittymaki 61:23223
Game Information
Attendance - 9537
Referees - Stephane Auger, Eric Furlatt
Linesmen - Vaughan Rody, Dan Schachte
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TB 5
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Wash 7
Dal 5 Final
NYR 6 Final
Buf 3
Phi 1 Final
StL 2
LA 2 Final
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