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Mason shines as Blue Jackets stymie Islanders

Dec 14, 2008 - 4:26 AM
By Dave Holstein PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- Steve Mason is making a difference for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The rookie goaltender made 24 saves as the Blue Jackets received goals from three different players Saturday en route to a 3-1 triumph over the New York Islanders.

Fredrik Modin and Jason Chimera scored in the second period and Andrew Murray added his fourth of the season in the third for Columbus, which has won two in a row following a three-game losing streak.

"We've been playing well," Chimera said. "We just have to keep playing well. The wins will come, the goals will come, and it's just a matter of time before we can start getting some wins."

A third-round pick in 2006, the 20-year-old Mason has started 13 of the Blue Jackets' last 17 games. He turned aside eight shots in the first period, six in the second and 10 in the third in improving to 8-4-1.

"The guys made it really easy for me tonight," Mason said. "There were not a lot of second chances and they made sure I could see all of the shots from the point, so everybody did a good job in front of me."

Richard Park scored a shorthanded goal and Joey MacDonald stopped 32 shots for the Islanders, who dropped their sixth straight contest.

"It's tough, but we still have to try to keep it positive and do the things that we know work for us," New York captain Bill Guerin said. "We can't be too negative. We just have to keep going, we can't quit here."

Modin opened the scoring four minutes into the middle session.

With Columbus on the power play, defenseman Fedor Tyutin unleashed a shot from the right point. The puck went off captain Rick Nash before Modin wristed it past MacDonald for a 1-0 lead.

Chimera doubled the advantage late in the session, beating MacDonald from the doorstep with 1:54 left for his seventh of the season.

"The puck set down nicely for me," Chimera said. "When I was going to shoot it, he exposed the high glove a little bit and I was able to chip it in."

The goal was one MacDonald would have liked to have back.

"He was coming in with a lot of speed, so I didn't want to come out," MacDonald said. "It's tough when a player is coming in that fast, and he just put the shot in over my glove."

The Islanders halved the deficit with just 10 seconds to go in the period, when Park collected a loose puck in the neutral zone and skated in alone to beat Mason with a backhander.

Columbus regained its two-goal bulge when Murray tapped in a rebound midway through the third.

"It's just a matter of guys working hard down low," Murray said. "And I get rewarded with the goal."

Along with the Buffalo Sabres, the Islanders never have won a game at Nationwide Arena. New York fell to 0-5-1 all-time in Columbus.

"We just have to keep working and playing hard," Islanders coach Scott Gordon said. "This is a tough stretch for us right now, and we need to keep things positive and in perspective and try and get a win or two and build on that."






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY ISLANDERS 0 1 0 1
    COLUMBUS 0 2 1 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: COB - (PP) FREDRIK MODIN 6 (RICK NASH, FEDOR TYUTIN) 4:01
    COB - JASON CHIMERA 7 (MIKE COMMODORE) 18:06
    NYI - (SH) RICHARD PARK 5 (ANDY HILBERT, CHRIS CAMPOLI)
    19:51
    3RD PRD: COB - ANDREW MURRAY 4 (JAKUB

    Dec 13 9:28 PM


  • NHL
    NY ISLANDERS 1
    COLUMBUS 3 5:23 LEFT, 3RD PRD

    Islanders 1, Blue Jackets 3  3rd - 5:23Dec 13 9:15 PM
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    Islanders 1, Blue Jackets 2  3rd - 19:55Dec 13 8:50 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY ISLANDERS 0 1 1
    COLUMBUS 0 2 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: COB - (PP) FEDOR TYUTIN 4 (CLAY WILSON, RICK NASH) 4:01
    COB - JASON CHIMERA 7 (MIKE COMMODORE) 18:06
    NYI - (SH) RICHARD PARK 5 (ANDY HILBERT, CHRIS CAMPOLI)
    19:51
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST

    Dec 13 8:34 PM


  • NHL
    NY ISLANDERS 1
    COLUMBUS 2
    2ND PRD: NYI - (SH) RICHARD PARK 5 (ANDY HILBERT, CHRIS CAMPOLI) 19:51

    Islanders 1, Blue Jackets 2  2nd - 0:09Dec 13 8:34 PM


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    NY ISLANDERS 0
    COLUMBUS 2
    2ND PRD: COB - JASON CHIMERA 7 (MIKE COMMODORE) 18:06

    Islanders 0, Blue Jackets 2  2nd - 1:54Dec 13 8:28 PM


  • NHL
    NY ISLANDERS 0
    COLUMBUS 1
    2ND PRD: COB - (PP) FEDOR TYUTIN 4 (CLAY WILSON, RICK NASH) 4:01

    Islanders 0, Blue Jackets 1  2nd - 15:59Dec 13 8:04 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY ISLANDERS 0 0
    COLUMBUS 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NYI 8 8
    COB 14 14
    GOALIES: NYI - JOEY MACDONALD
    COB - STEVE MASON

    Dec 13 7:38 PM