Live Blog - Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Dallas Stars
Hello Blue Jackets Fans!!
6:00 p.m. Danny Gare and I are here in our familar booth here in the press box... only difference is that we will not be televising tonight's game against the Stars but we will blog our impressions of tonight's tilt throughout the contest.
Happy to see that Pascal Leclaire is back in goal tonight. We will need two healthy goaltenders and after playing well on the Western Canadian trip... Freddie Norrena deserves the night off.
The Blue Jackets today recalled Joakim Lidstrom from Syracuse and he will be in tonight's lineup. Lidstrom is averaging bettter than a point per game with the Crunch and will get a good look tonight. He skated on a couple of different line combinations this morning so look for him to play with either Fritsche and Chimera or with Shelly and Beech.
No Malhotra or Vyborny tonight... so the Jackets will be looking for more of that Beech and Glencross magic!!
Danny feels the key tonight for a Jackets win will fall in the hands of "special teams" The Jackets must shut down the Stars potent power-play... #2 in the league and capitalize on their own power-play. The Stars are ranked 4th in penalty killing in the NHL. This, says Danny, is the big reason the Stars have won 7 of their last 9 overall.
This is the first of 11 of the next 13 at home for Columbus and the last of a 6 game two week road trip for the Stars.
7:10 Puck drop
7:17: first power play in-effective. Says Danny: strong pk by Dallas.. Jackets fail to get pucks to the net despite Tuco looking shaky.
7:29: 11 minutes into first period... Jackets get best scoring chance... Chimera on a breakaway... great save by Turco... stacks pads for save... Danny says... Chimmer should have shot earlier.
7:31... 7 minutes left... Klesla hits the post... Jackets keep the pressure on and finally... Jackets score... Nash great move gets it to the net and Zherdev tips it in for his 9th goal of the season and his second in as many games... 1-0 CBJ!!!!!!!! Zherdev from Nash at 13:50.
15:45... Glencross goes off for hooking... Jackets need to be strong on PK... again Dallas #2 on PP... strong kill by Jackets and then when Penalty ends Jackets get 3 on 1 break... Nicky stopped by Turco.
18 minutes plus into 1st... delayed Penalty to Klesla... Leclaire robs Stu Barnes with a great save! Dallas now on their second power play... Jackets need to stay 5-on-5! Dallas too strong. Best penalty killer has to be your goalie and Pazzy doesn't let the Jackets down! Outstanding glove save in the final minutes.
First period ends... Dallas outshoots Jackets 9-8, but Columbus leads 1-0.
2nd period. Jackets kill off remaining time in penalty and at 1:34 Jeff Halpern the Stars best penalty killer goes off for hooking!
Stars kill off CBJ power play and 4 minutes in Lelaire makes terrific back to back saves...he looks real sharp tonight!
5 and a half minutes into second periodl.....Lidstrom makes a terrific pass from the right corner out to Jody Shelly who redirects the pass off the crossbar!!
8:12--7:37 gone in period 2. Blue Jackets have been outshot 16-12....Leclaire is on his game!
tv timeout...Danny Gare leans over and says...today in Hockey history is the day he was traded from the Sabres to Detroit...blockbuster deal.
9:49 of the second another Columbus power-play. Stars kill it off.
We talked earlier about special teams..Jackets have to cash in..they are 0 for 3 on pp.. ...4TH upcoming...Ott goes off for slashing at 12:59.
great puck movement on this power play...two good shots...but Turco turns them aside.
18:57 of of the second....Pecca goes off for hooking....like the first...CBJ forced to kill of a late period penalty... Leclaire robs Zubov and Jokinen from close range
Period ends....bit of a scrum.... Stars 13 shots...2 period total of 22....for the Jackets....10...2 period total of 18. Leclaire # 1 star to this point!
8:51....start of period 3.....Jackets must kill off first 56 seconds of Stars power play.
good strong pk!
3:11 of the third.....Chris Conner gets behind the Jackets defense and beats Leclaire for his 3rd of the season.....Grossman the assist.... its tied 1-1
5:17 of third......Pecca gets hooked....Robidas goes off.....Cbj on the power play for the 5th time! They must get that goal back.....
9:55 Hejda goes off for holding.... Need a strong kill here. 4th power play for the Stars!
Jackets kill of the penalty!
6:26 left in Regulation.
Little more than 3 minutes left...CBJ fail to clear the zone.......trouble in their end...Tollefson gets called for hooking..........fifith Power play for the Stars at 16:55.... Yet another strong kill needed!!
Great Kill. Little more than a minute left
9:23...Regulation time over.........here comes overtime.....Jackets get a point now head to OT for the second straight game!
Pecca sends Russell in on Turco....great save by Turco. Under 3 minutes left in OT!
Minute 40 left. Pazzie great save on Conner!
5 MINUTE OVERTIME DONE! SHOOTOUT!
SHOTS DALLAS 34 BLUE JACKETS 26
PECCA FIRST SHOOTER.......MISSES THE NET!
FOR DALLAS SERGEI ZUBOV.....DENIED
ZHERDEV SCORES.... 1-0 CBJ
JOKINEN SECOND SHOOTER FOR DALLAS....HITS THE POST!
NASH CAN WIN IT FOR THE JACKETS.... NO GOAL...TRIED TO DEKE TURCO
PAZZIE MUST STOP MODANO....HE ROOFS ITS........1-1
GLENCROSS SCORES..HIGH STICK SIDE!!
RIBEIRO IS NEXT FOR DALLAS
HE DEKES LECLAIRE AND SCORES.....2-2
5TH FOR DALLAS HAGMAN.........AND HE SCORES STARS WIN! 2-1 final.
Again the Jackets inability to cash in on their power plays costs them a win tonight.....Pascal Leclaire deserved better...he was terrific in his return to the nets!