NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Columbus
(Saturday, November 1st)
Final Score: Chicago 4, Columbus 3 (SO)
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Jonathan Toews scored the lone shootout goal and the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3, at Nationwide Arena.
Kristian Huselius, who tied the game with just about eight minutes to go in the third, started the shootout for Columbus and was stopped by Cristobal Huet. Then the 20-year-old Toews, who is the third-youngest captain in NHL history, snapped a shot that beat Fredrik Norrena on the stick side.
After Huet turned aside Rick Nash's offering, Patrick Sharp failed to get the puck past Norrena. Jakub Voracek looked to extend the extra segment but the rookie winger was denied by Huet and Chicago prevailed.
Sharp, Martin Havlat and Brent Seabrook each scored in regulation for the Blackhawks, who have won two straight. Duncan Keith and Kris Versteeg both collected two assists, while Huet made 48 saves.
"He (Huet) was great and we battled back there," said Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville. "I feel like he (Huet) was the story of the night and I feel that Jonny (Jonathan Toews) has been great in shootouts and we found a way (to win).
Off-season additions R.J. Umberger and Fedor Tyutin lit the lamp for the first time as Blue Jackets while Norrena stopped 21-of-24 shots for Columbus, which has dropped four of its last five contests.
"You don't want to waste efforts like tonight; this is now five games in a row that we've had great effort," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We have three points to show for it and that's the frustrating part. We've not been rewarded for our efforts."
While shorthanded, Nash dropped the puck to Tyutin in the slot and he let go a wrister that slid between the pads of Huet, tying the game at two at the 8:18 mark of the third period.
The Blackhawks, though, remained on the power play and scored 33 seconds later, as Havlat banged home a rebound.
Huselius tied the game with 7:52 remaining in the frame, walking out of the right corner and firing a shot over Huet's left shoulder.
Chicago was called for too many men one minute into overtime but Columbus couldn't convert.
The clubs traded goals in the opening period. Sharp put Chicago on the board with 6:15 to play, but Columbus answered on the power play as Umberger, driving hard to the net, tipped in a feed from Voracek, the seventh overall pick in 2007, past Huet with 3:47 remaining.
Seabrook's power-play marker gave Chicago a 2-1 lead with 1:55 left in the middle stanza.
Derick Brassard recorded two assists for the Blue Jackets...Columbus finished 1-for-10 on the power play, while the Blackhawks went 2-for-4...Columbus forward Jared Boll was not in the lineup because he was serving a one-game suspension for receiving an instigator penalty late in the third period Thursday against Colorado...Before the game, the Blue Jackets activated forward Raffi Torres off injured reserve. He had missed the first 10 games of the season with a shoulder injury suffered in the preseason.
11/02 01:29:55 ET