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.