First Period Goals for the Blue Jackets Not Enough in Shootout Loss to Blackhawks

By Peter Fish on December 29, 2019 at 7:50 pm
Dec 29, 2019; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Dennis Gilbert (39) steals the puck from Columbus Blue Jackets center Alexandre Texier (42) during the first period at Nationwide Arena.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets picked up the early lead, but saw it fall apart in the third and lost in the shootout.

The Blue Jackets started the game off strong and their strong play lead to picking up two goals in the first. The first one came off the stick of Riley Nash - who received a pass in the Jackets zone from Gavrikov before heading up ice and firing the puck past Lehner, who probably wants that one back - and the second was put in by Pierre-Luc Dubois after a busted breakout by Chicago sent them scrambling and Nick Foligno found him at the opposite post.

  1 2 3 SO F
BLUE JACKETS 2 0 0 1 2
BLACKHAWKS 0 0 2 2 3

Five minutes into the second, Korpisalo was pulled out of his net, but Gavrikov slid into the net and made the save on the wraparound chance and keep the Jackets up by two. The Jackets defense limited the Blackhawks offense to only eight shots in the second and while they weren't all easy saves, Korpi was in the right position to make the stop.

A neutral zone turnover lead to a shot from the blue line and a deflection out front to put the puck over Korpi's shoulder to cut the Jackets lead to one. Late in the period the Jackets went from penalty kill to penalty kill and on the second one, the Blackhawks broke through again to tie the game.

The highlight for the fans in the third was when the glass popped out after a hit by Dubois.

A couple of penalties by both teams lead to some chances, but the only chance to went in was off the stick of Zach Werenski, unfortunately the period was already over.

In the shootout, Dubois was stopped, while Toews found the back of the net. Korpisalo left the ice after Toews goal and Elvis entered the building. In the next round, Nyquist scored, but so did Kane. Gerbe hit the post on his chance, which gave the Blackhawks the win.

Injury Update

Joonas Korpisalo left the ice after Toews took his shot in the shootout.

Next Up

The Blue Jackets face Sergei Bobrovsky and the Florida Panthers Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

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