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Umberger propels Blue Jackets past Sharks

Dec 18, 2008 - 3:59 AM
By Dave Holstein PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- R.J. Umberger scored with 2:05 remaining in overtime as the Columbus Blue Jackets recorded a 2-1 triumph over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday.

Michael Peca netted his second goal of the season and rookie Steve Mason turned aside 47 shots for Columbus, which notched its fifth consecutive victory at Nationwide Arena.

"We thought we played three pretty strong games against them this year," Umberger said. "For us to come out on the winning end - especially at home - it's something to build on."

"It was a hard game for both teams," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. "San Jose has a great team. They brought their heavy game and we were forced to match it. We can draw back from this stuff and know we can play at this level."

Devin Setoguchi opened the scoring 3:41 into the third period and Evgeni Nabokov finished with 30 saves for San Jose, which is 12-0-2 in its last 14 games.

"It was a great game," Setoguchi said. "Everyone is going to play our team hard because we are No. 1 in the league. I thought we played great, we got a point out of it, now we can put it behind us and we've got a bigger game to worry about (on Thursday, at Detroit)."

"It's very bearable," San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. "We didn't get the win, but in a sense, we won in a different way. We weren't very good against this hockey club in our building twice. The last time wasn't even close; our goalie had to save our hides."

In overtime, Kristian Huselius skated in on a 2-on-1 and fed Umberger, who buried the shot past Nabokov for his first goal in 11 games.

"Huselius made a good play at the blue line there," Umberger said. "We caught them in a 2-on-1 and we knew that Nabokov comes out far. He was out so far so that by the time that it got to me, he was out of position - and it was an empty net."

Mason's 47 saves was one shy of the team record.

"Every time you are getting a lot of shots like that, you don't really have a chance to get cold out there," Mason said. "I like getting a lot of shots. It keeps you sharp and the results show."

"Both goaltenders had to be good and our guy was great," Hitchcock said. "To beat teams like that, we're going to need our goaltender to be our best player and he was."

The game remained scoreless after two periods with each team having numerous scoring opportunities.

Each team hit a post as Columbus rookie Derick Brassard did so as the first period expired and San Jose defenseman Christian Ehrhoff hit the iron at the 6:50 mark of the second period.

Setoguchi scored his team-leading 16th goal of the season after redirecting a pass from defenseman Rob Blake past Mason.

"Patty (Marleau) made a great pass to Blake and I just finished my play," Setoguchi said. "It was kind of a simple play that went in the back of the net."

Columbus answered when Peca scored from the high slot to level the contest with 7:28 remaining in the session.

San Jose defenseman Dan Boyle tried to clear the puck out of the zone from behind the net. Columbus captain Rick Nash stopped the puck along the wall and fed rookie Jakub Voracek in the slot. Voracek then passed the puck to Peca, whose shot went off Nabokov's pad and in the net.

"A great play by Nash to keep it in the zone and start the play," Peca said. "Voracek got me the puck and I was able to bury it."








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    FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    SAN JOSE 0 0 1 0 1
    COLUMBUS 0 0 1 1 2 FINAL IN OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: NONE
    3RD PRD: SAN - DEVIN SETOGUCHI 16 (ROB BLAKE, PATRICK MARLEAU) 3:41
    COB - MICHAEL PECA 2 (JAKUB VORACEK, RICK NASH) 12:32
    OT: COB - R.J. UMBERGER 9 (KRIST

    Dec 17 9:35 PM


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    SAN JOSE 1
    COLUMBUS 2
    OT: COB - R.J. UMBERGER 9 (KRISTIAN HUSELIUS, FEDOR TYUTIN) 2:55

    Sharks 1, Blue Jackets 2  End of OTDec 17 9:32 PM
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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
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    SAN JOSE 0 0 1 1
    COLUMBUS 0 0 1 1 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: NONE
    3RD PRD: SAN - DEVIN SETOGUCHI 16 (ROB BLAKE, PATRICK MARLEAU) 3:41
    COB - MICHAEL PECA 2 (JAKUB VORACEK, RICK NASH) 12:32
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    Dec 17 9:24 PM
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    SAN JOSE 1
    COLUMBUS 1
    3RD PRD: COB - MICHAEL PECA 2 (JAKUB VORACEK, RICK NASH) 12:32

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    SAN JOSE 1
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    3RD PRD: SAN - DEVIN SETOGUCHI 16 (ROB BLAKE, PATRICK MARLEAU) 3:41

    Sharks 1, Blue Jackets 0  3rd - 16:19Dec 17 8:58 PM


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    COLUMBUS 0 0 0 END OF THE 2ND
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    Dec 17 8:34 PM


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    COB 8 8
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    Dec 17 7:41 PM