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Jackets and Blackhawks Do It Again

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
The Jackets and Blackhawks had so much fun last night that they thought they would do it again.

Well the game wasn't as fun for the Jackets, who lost 5-2 last night to Chicago and will be looking to even the score at Chicago tonight, with the puck dropping at 8:30 p.m.

Defenseman Duvie Westcott and forward Geoff Platt scored in the second period, giving the Jackets a 2-1 lead.

However, the Blackhawks tallied four unanswered goals to hold on for the win. It was the second straight loss for Columbus, after starting the season 2-0.

Ty Conklin got the nod for CBJ, surrendering five goals on 28 shots. Tonight, Fredrik Norrena and Tomas Popperle will be the goaltenders on the roster for Columbus.

Tonight, the team will have a strong mix of veterans and young players that are vying for roster spots, led by Gilbert Brule, Anson Carter, Manny Malhotra and Jason Chimera.

The two Central Division rivals know each other well, facing each other eight times last season and eight again in 2006-07 as the NHL has moved to a more rivalry based schedule.

That has heated things between the two clubs, as the squads combined for 35 penalties and 94 penalty minutes last night.

Patrick Sharp and Jim Vandermeer both scored twice as the Chicago Blackhawks had three power-play goals to secure the win.

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