NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Columbus
(Wednesday, March 18th)
Final Score: Columbus 4, Chicago 3 (OT)
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Antoine Vermette scored with 2:22 left in overtime, and the Columbus Blue Jackets continued their push for the playoffs with a 4-3 win over the struggling Chicago Blackhawks.
R.J. Umberger, Derek Dorsett and Rick Nash scored in regulation for Columbus, which has won five of six to solidify its sixth-place standing in the Western Conference, only three points behind fifth-place Vancouver. Steve Mason made 24 saves to earn the victory.
"I just tried to work hard and tried to go to the net," Vermette said of his game-winner. "(Umberger's) a good player; he made a great pass. He put a perfect pass there on my stick, and I just tried to get a good shot at it, and I found a way to put it in. Pretty lucky."
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each had a goal and an assist, while Dave Bolland also scored for Chicago, which has dropped four in a row and six of seven but moved a point ahead of the Canucks for fourth place in the West. Cristobal Huet allowed four goals on 28 shots to take the loss.
"The confidence (of the team) is a little bit off," Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville said. "Now we have to think about winning and getting a little more confident at critical times of games."
Working in a 2-on-2 rush, Umberger skated up on the right side and sent a saucer pass to Vermette, who was able to sneak the puck through Huet's legs to give the Blue Jackets the victory.
"I think (Vermette) and I have really found each other a lot," Umberger said. "We kind of see each other on the ice where we're at before we get the puck."
Bolland put the Blackhawks on the board a minute into the game on a wrister from in close, but Umberger evened up the score 2 1/2 minutes later for Columbus.
Later in the period, the puck caromed off the boards behind the net to Dorsett right in front of the crease, and he was able to hammer it home at 11:09 for a 2-1 Columbus advantage.
"It was a good play out there," Dorsett said. "(Michael Peca) won the draw, and (Marc Methot) got it through, and it was just laying there in the crease, and I got it up above (Huet)."
With 2:12 still to go in the first, Kane tied the game up on a snap shot for his 24th goal of the season. Chicago went back in front during a second period power play, as Toews took a cross-ice feed from Cam Barker and punched it in from the crease area at 9:50.
Nash, though, made it 3-3 with a nifty shot from a side angle that went over Huet's shoulder at 10:48.
Neither team could net the game-winner in the latter half of the second or the third, and the game needed overtime.
The season series is tied, 2-2...Columbus went 0-for-5 on the power play, while Chicago converted on 1-of-7 chances...Nash's goal was his 34th of the season...Umberger added an assist...Kane now has 40 assists.
03/18 23:00:48 ET