COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Blue Jackets advanced to the championship game of the Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan after defeating the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Monday. The Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues each finished with a record of 2-1 in the division with the Blue Jackets winning the tiebreaker based on goals for (15-14). Columbus’ opponent in the championship game will be the New York Rangers.
Blue Jackets forward Philippe Dupuis, the club’s fifth pick, 104th overall, in the 2003 Entry Draft, led the club in scoring with a goal and two assists, while Adam Pineault, Columbus’ second pick, 46th overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft, scored two goals. Jakub Voracek (1st pick, 7th overall, 2007), Derick Brassard (1st pick, 6th overall, 2006) and Kris Russell (3rd pick, 67th overall, 2005) each had an assist apiece.
John Murray and Dan LaCosta split time in net with the two combining to stop 16 shots. The Blue Jackets outshot the Stars 39-17, including 37-7 through the first two periods of play. After allowing four goals in the first period of their first game of the tournament, the Blue Jackets have outscored their opponents 16-6 en route to qualifying for the championship game.
“The first period in the first game of the tournament we were out worked,” Director of Amateur Scouting Paul Castron said. “Since then we have played really well.”
After a scoreless first period, Dupuis put the Jackets up 1-0 just 1:51 into the second frame. Less than five minutes later Pineault scored his first goal of the game at 5:40 to make it 2-0. Both teams were scoreless with the man advantage as Columbus went 0-for-7 and Dallas 0-for-5.
NHL clubs participating this year’s tournament include the Atlanta Thrashers, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Tampa Bay Lightning. The championship game is set for 6:30 p.m. on Republic Rink on Tuesday.
Individual tickets for Blue Jackets 2007-08 regular season home games go on sale Saturday, September 15, at 9 a.m. at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The Blueline Team Stores at The Chiller Ice Rinks and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (614) 431-3600 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. Season and group tickets, as well as preseason individual game tickets, are on sale now. For information, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.
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