WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 26: Vinny Prospal #22 of the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrates with teammates after scoring in the third period against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on September 26, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Blue Jackets Fail To Complete Upset, Lose 2-1 In Shootout To Bruins

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Blue Jackets Vs. Bruins Final Score: Columbus Fails To Score Upset, Loses 2-1 In Shootout

The Columbus Blue Jackets couldn't complete their upset of the Boston Bruins on Thursday night, succumbing to a 2-1 loss in the shootout. Rich Peverley scored as the Bruins' second player in the lineup for the shootout, but Mark Letestu responded with a goal of his own. Boston scored with their third, David Krejci, and when Antoine Vernette's shot was stopped, Boston earned the win.

It was a mostly uneventful game, with the Blue Jackets controlling much of the play in the second period, and all others being essentially similar. Columbus shot 14 points in that second period to Boston's eight, and the count was 31-27 in Columbus' favor, but they failed to finish scoring opportunities and were handed the loss, lifting the Bruins to a seven-game winning streak.

Derek MacKenzie got the scoring started at 2:49 into the second period when Gregory Campbell was serving a two-minute hi-sticking penalty. MacKenzie scored assisted by Nikkita Nikitin and Grant Clitsome. But Boston quickly retaliated with the only other goal in regulation just a little under two minutes later, when Adam McQuiad scored unassisted. 

A scoreless third period in which both teams had eight shots on goal took the game into overtime. Curtis Sanford stopped 26-of-27 shots in a losing effort, while Tuukka Rask stopped 30 of 31. The Blue Jackets fail to pickup their fourth win of the season and will next play the Predators on Saturday.


Blue Jackets Vs. Bruins: Columbus Trying To End Boston Win Streak

The Columbus Blue Jackets are having a pretty dismal season as they've posted a victory in just three of their first 17 games, but the season is still early. The Blue Jackets could pick up quite a bit of momentum on Thursday night, too, as they try to put a stop to the Boston Bruins' six-game winning streak.

The Blue Jackets will be missing forward Kristian Huselius and defenseman Radek Martinek due to injury once again, leaving them to rely on Vinny Prospal and Rick Nash. Prospal has 14 points in 17 games while having a pretty solid +/-, at least considering the team's record, at just -3. Nash has scored four goals and eight assists, good for second-best on Columbus's roster, but his +/- is less than desirable at -12.

The Bruins brought home a six-game winning streak led by Tyler Seguin, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand. Seguin has 20 points in 16 games, Lucic is second on the club with 14 and Marchand has 13 points after scoring either a goal or an assist in Boston's last six games.


Blue Jackets Vs. Wild: Columbus Blows Early Lead, Loses 4-2

The Columbus Blue Jackets went up 2-0 in the first period, but were unable to hold onto the lead and ultimately lost yet again on Tuesday night, falling 4-2 to the visiting Minnesota Wild.

Cal Clutterbuck scored the go-ahead goal in the third period to bring the Wild all the way back in another distressing loss for the Blue Jackets.

It was Clutterbuck, you might recall, whom James Wisniewski elbowed in a preseason game, resulting in an eight-game suspension. That Clutterbuck would score the winning goal in their first matchup since then is fitting for a season in which virtually nothing has gone to plans for the Blue Jackets.

In our preview, we noted that "Niklas Backstrom has been huge for the Wild," and he was again on Tuesday night, stopping a season-high 43 shots for the Wild. So while Columbus easily outshot Minnesota, 45-23, they could not break through against Backstrom in the final two periods.

The tough luck continues, and so the 3-13-1 Blue Jackets remain stuck on seven points and buried in last place in the Western Conference, eight points behind the Calgary Flames and Anaheim Ducks. They head to Boston next to face the Bruins on Nov. 17, who sit in last place in the Northeast Division but sport a respectable 6-5-0 record at home.

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