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Mason impenetrable again, Blue Jackets roll without Nash

Jan 10, 2009 - 4:11 AM
By Tim Hipps PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- The absence of injured captain Rick Nash did not deter rookie goaltender Steve Mason from blanking another opponent.

Without the club's lone All-Star selection, Mason made 45 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets halted the Washington Capitals' seven-game winning streak with a 3-0 victory on Friday.

Mason turned aside 18 shots in both the first and third periods while making nine saves in the second en route to his league-leading sixth shutout of the season.

"We were getting lots of shots, but we didn't have many that were quality scoring chances. But we still need to put some in," Washington rookie defenseman Karl Alzner said. "We were talking about trying to get up high on (Mason). A lot of times when you're shooting from so far out, it's hard to get a great chance on a goalie like that."

Mason's performance was encouraging considering he had been bothered by muscle spasms in his upper body prior to the game.

"I think the players expected him to play," Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said. "The lift was his saves in the first period. That was the lift we needed."

Defenseman Fedor Tyutin and Jared Boll each recorded a power-play goal and an assist, R.J. Umberger also scored and Manny Malhotra set up a pair of tallies in support of the 20-year-old Mason, who was named the NHL's rookie of the month in both November and December.

"It's huge for us," said Mason, who stopped all 71 shots he faced in two meetings with the Capitals this season. "Obviously, with a lot of guys out of the lineup, it was a big opportunity for other guys to step up. They did that. We had a down first period, but the guys bounced back in the second and the third."

Jose Theodore stopped 20 shots for the Capitals, who had won nine contests in a row at home.

"It wasn't all Steve Mason, even though he was fabulous," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We got frustrated, and when you get frustrated, you try to do it yourself and you become individualistic and the game plan goes out the window."

Washington outshot Columbus, 45-23, overall - and by an 18-4 margin in the opening session - but could not solve Mason, who has allowed two or fewer goals in 15 of his last 19 starts. He has yielded only one even-strength tally in his past seven games.

"We just had to have the self-confidence in everybody in this room that we have the ability to get it done," Mason said. "We can't be intimidated by them. They are a good team, but we can't be thinking they're a better team or anything like that because if we're playing our best, we can compete with anybody."

Mason felt his defensemen deserve a lot of credit for the shutout.

"That's something we've been doing all year long," Mason said. "Our defensemen, I don't think they get enough credit. They do a great job in front of me. They make sure that the opportunities they do get aren't the highest quality. When I do make a save and they get a rebound, they make sure there's not second opportunities."

Stationed in front of the net, Umberger gave Columbus a lead it would not relinquish by wristing the puck past Theodore at 9:27 of the first after receiving a pass from rookie Jakub Voracek.

"When we got the first goal, we kind of lifted ourselves from there," Hitchcock said.

Tyutin buried a one-timer from above the right faceoff circle with 1:54 left in the second, converting a pass from Malhotra to double the Blue Jackets' advantage.

Boll capped the scoring with a backhander off the rebound of Tyutin's shot with 5:09 remaining in the third. Malhotra notched his second assist of the game and seventh of the season on the play.

"We scored on our chances, our power play came through for us and our goalie was our best player," Hitchcock said.

The Capitals, who went 0-for-6 on the power play, failed to score during a two-man advantage that lasted 40 seconds late in the second session.

"I think their second goal at the end of the second (period) was the straw that broke the camel's back," Boudreau said. "We were having such a tough time to score one, and you go into the third period and you know you have to score two to tie - it was pretty frustrating. ... I guess those things happen when you're used to winning and things are going your way."

Columbus had not visited the nation's capital since Opening Night of the 2005-06 season, when Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin scored two goals in his NHL debut.

Ovechkin recorded 12 shots on goal, one shy of his season high.

"That's a pretty good ratio for myself," Mason said. "(Ovechkin's) got a heck of a shot. Some of the shots, you just kind of drop down and hope it hits you because it's coming head-high and you have no idea where it's going."








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    COLUMBUS 1 1 1 3
    WASHINGTON 0 0 0 0 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COB - R.J. UMBERGER 12 (JAKUB VORACEK, MARC METHOT) 9:27
    2ND PRD: COB - (PP) FEDOR TYUTIN 4 (MANNY MALHOTRA, JARED BOLL) 18:06
    3RD PRD: COB - (PP) JARED BOLL 1 (FEDOR TYUTIN, MANNY MALHOTRA) 14:51
    POWER-PLAY CONVERSIO

    Jan 9 9:39 PM


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    COLUMBUS 3
    WASHINGTON 0
    3RD PRD: COB - (PP) JARED BOLL 1 (FEDOR TYUTIN, MANNY MALHOTRA) 14:51

    Blue Jackets 3, Capitals 0  3rd - 5:09Jan 9 9:31 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLUMBUS 1 1 2
    WASHINGTON 0 0 0 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COB - R.J. UMBERGER 12 (JAKUB VORACEK, MARC METHOT) 9:27
    2ND PRD: COB - (PP) CRAIG MACDONALD 2 (FEDOR TYUTIN, MANNY MALHOTRA)
    18:06
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COB

    Jan 9 8:40 PM


  • NHL
    COLUMBUS 2
    WASHINGTON 0
    2ND PRD: COB - (PP) CRAIG MACDONALD 2 (FEDOR TYUTIN, MANNY MALHOTRA)
    18:06

    Blue Jackets 2, Capitals 0  2nd - 1:54Jan 9 8:39 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLUMBUS 1 1
    WASHINGTON 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COB - R.J. UMBERGER 12 (JAKUB VORACEK, MARC METHOT) 9:27
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COB 4 4
    WAS 18 18
    GOALIES: COB - STEVE MASON
    WAS

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    Blue Jackets 1, Capitals 0  1st - 5:20Jan 9 7:45 PM


  • NHL
    COLUMBUS 1
    WASHINGTON 0
    1ST PRD: COB - R.J. UMBERGER 12 (JAKUB VORACEK, MARC METHOT) 9:27

    Blue Jackets 1, Capitals 0  1st - 10:33Jan 9 7:30 PM
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