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NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Chicago



(Sunday, October 9th)

Final Score: Columbus 3, Chicago 2

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Bryan Berard had a goal and an assist during a big second period which propelled Columbus past Chicago, 3-2, at the United Center.

Marc Denis stopped 30 shots while Jody Shelley and newly-acquired Jason Chimera also scored for the Blue Jackets, who began their 2005-06 season with losses to Washington and Calgary.

"After 18 months (due to the lockout), we were getting a little anxious for a victory," said Shelley. "We gave a little extra and it paid off tonight."

Pavel Vorobiev recorded his second straight two-goal outing for the Blackhawks, who were coming off a 6-3 home victory over San Jose on Friday. Tyler Arnason assisted on both of the tallies.

After each squad scored once in the first period, the Blue Jackets dominated the second to build a two-goal lead.

Columbus was awarded a power play when the Blackhawks' Tuomo Ruutu was whistled for a slash nearly six minutes into the second session. Less than 30 seconds after the call, Berard ripped a shot past Chicago goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin to put the Jackets up 2-1. David Vyborny and Nikolai Zherdev each received assists.

The Blue Jackets struck again less than three minutes later when Shelley knocked home a rebound of Berard's shot from the point for his first goal of the season.

Columbus outshot Chicago 13-4 over the middle 20 minutes.

"We weren't committed in the first two periods, and I'll take responsibility for that," said Chicago head coach Trent Yawney. "We have to realize the game is 60 minutes, not 20."

The Blackhawks would cut their deficit to one early in the third. After the Jackets' Manny Malholtra was given a tripping penalty, Vorobiev beat Denis from the right circle with 5:32 elapsed in the frame.

Chicago would ring up 16 shots in the final period, but Denis was up to the challenge and preserved the win.

Chimera, who was part of a five-player trade with Phoenix on Saturday, made an immediate impression with his new club. The young forward scored off a Malhotra feed less than five minutes into the contest to put the visitors up 1-0.

The Hawks would draw even with 4:41 left in the first. Denis stopped a long shot from Vorobiev, but Arnason got the rebound and fed the talented rookie for his first goal of the night.

"There seems to be some chemistry between (Vorobiev) and Arnason," said Yawney. "I'm not going to tinker with something that's working well."

Game Notes

Chimera, forward Mike Rupp and defenseman Cale Hulse were sent to Columbus from Phoenix in exchange for veteran wing Geoff Sanderson and Tim Jackman...Chicago finished just 1-of-8 from the power play...The Blue Jackets were without star left wing Rick Nash, who has a high ankle sprain, for the second straight game. Center Gilbert Brule was also scratched by Columbus because of a sternal clavicular sprain...Chicago was without left wing Eric Daze (back) and defenseman Adrian Aucoin (groin)...Sunday's contest began a four-game road trip for the Blue Jackets.

10/09 22:13:37 ET

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