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Vermette's OT goal lifts Jackets over Hawks

Mar 19, 2009 - 2:45 AM
By Rusty Miller AP Sports Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The latest addition to the Columbus Blue Jackets is proving to be a perfect fit.

Antoine Vermette took a pass from R.J. Umberger and scored 2:38 into overtime, giving the Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.

"It doesn't get much better than a playoff race," said Vermette, acquired this month in a trade-deadline deal with the Ottawa Senators. "It's great. I'm pretty happy."

Umberger carried the puck up the right wing on a 2-on-1 in overtime, saucering a pass that tumbled to the high slot, where Vermette beat defenseman Brian Campbell to the puck and chipped it past Cristobal Huet for his first game-winner in more than a year.

How valuable an addition has he been to the Blue Jackets' first stretch run? He's scored points in five of his six games with Columbus.

Umberger, Derek Dorsett and Rick Nash added goals for the Blue Jackets, who came into the night sixth in the Western Conference. Columbus tied a franchise record with 80 points while winning for the fifth time in six starts.

For the first time, the Blue Jackets find themselves watching the scoreboard to see how it affects their playoff run.

"When you're in this kind of race, everybody checks every once in a while," Dorsett said. "No one really pays too much attention. You've just got to worry about yourself and make sure you're getting the two points."

Rookie goalie Steve Mason stopped 24 shots to improve to 29-17-3.

Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews each had a goal and an assist, and Dave Bolland also scored for the Blackhawks, who have lost four in a row and six of seven. Huet made numerous spectacular saves, stopping 24 shots.

"Obviously, the way we've been playing, it's good to get a point," Kane said. "But you want to go in and win that game. So it's disappointing not to get two. You can tell by everyone's reaction in the locker room that we're not real happy."

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville looked at the game as a small step.

"The confidence is a little bit off," he said. "We stemmed a little bit of the flow going against us. (But) we've got to (start) winning and feeling a little more confident at critical times of games."

The teams traded goals throughout the game before a scoreless third period.

Bolland scored in the opening minute before Umberger redirected a tape-to-tape pass from Jake Voracek to tie it.

After Dorsett jammed in a rebound, Troy Brouwer deftly slid a pass from behind the net to Kane for a hard one-timer to even it at 2-2.

Toews was the beneficiary of two nifty passes when he scored his 29th for a 3-2 Blackhawks lead. Kane tossed a cross-ice pass to Cam Barker, who set up Toews with a centering pass.

Nash then wristed in a wicked shot from a hard angle high over Huet's right shoulder for his 34th.

That set the stage for the overtime drama - and Vermette's big moment.

"He's been solid since we got him," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He's an unassuming player. He doesn't stick out until you look at the scoresheet, and he's won key faceoffs, got the puck out and he's done the good job killing penalties and scored big points. Every night, he gets the job done."








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    FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    CHICAGO 2 1 0 0 3
    COLUMBUS 2 1 0 1 4 FINAL IN OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CHI - DAVE BOLLAND 16 (ANDREW LADD, MARTIN HAVLAT) 1:00
    COB - R.J. UMBERGER 24 (JAKUB VORACEK) 3:29
    COB - DEREK DORSETT 3 (MARC METHOT, MICHAEL PECA) 11:09
    CHI - PATRICK KAN

    Mar 18 9:37 PM


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    CHICAGO 3
    COLUMBUS 4
    OT: COB - ANTOINE VERMETTE 13 (R.J. UMBERGER, ROSTISLAV KLESLA)
    2:38

    Blackhawks 3, Blue Jackets 4  End of OTMar 18 9:36 PM
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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    CHICAGO 2 1 0 3
    COLUMBUS 2 1 0 3 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CHI - DAVE BOLLAND 16 (ANDREW LADD, MARTIN HAVLAT) 1:00
    COB - R.J. UMBERGER 24 (JAKUB VORACEK) 3:29
    COB - DEREK DORSETT 3 (MARC METHOT, MICHAEL PECA) 11:09
    CHI - PATRICK KANE 24 (TROY BROUWER, JONATHAN

    Mar 18 9:29 PM
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    CHICAGO 2 1 3
    COLUMBUS 2 1 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CHI - DAVE BOLLAND 16 (ANDREW LADD, MARTIN HAVLAT) 1:00
    COB - R.J. UMBERGER 24 (JAKUB VORACEK) 3:29
    COB - DEREK DORSETT 3 (MARC METHOT, MICHAEL PECA) 11:09
    CHI - PATRICK KANE 24 (TROY BROUWER, JONATHAN TO

    Mar 18 8:38 PM


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    CHICAGO 3
    COLUMBUS 3
    2ND PRD: COB - RICK NASH 34 (JASON WILLIAMS, KRISTIAN HUSELIUS) 10:48

    Blackhawks 3, Blue Jackets 3  2nd - 9:12Mar 18 8:21 PM


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    CHICAGO 3
    COLUMBUS 2
    2ND PRD: CHI - (PP) JONATHAN TOEWS 29 (CAM BARKER, PATRICK KANE) 9:50

    Blackhawks 3, Blue Jackets 2  2nd - 10:10Mar 18 8:21 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    CHICAGO 2 2
    COLUMBUS 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
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    1ST PRD: CHI - DAVE BOLLAND 16 (ANDREW LADD, MARTIN HAVLAT) 1:00
    COB - R.J. UMBERGER 24 (JAKUB VORACEK) 3:29
    COB - DEREK DORSETT 3 (MARC METHOT, MICHAEL PECA) 11:09
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    CHICAGO 2
    COLUMBUS 2
    1ST PRD: CHI - PATRICK KANE 24 (TROY BROUWER, JONATHAN TOEWS) 17:48

    Blackhawks 2, Blue Jackets 2  1st - 2:12Mar 18 7:41 PM


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    CHICAGO 1
    COLUMBUS 2
    1ST PRD: COB - DEREK DORSETT 3 (MARC METHOT, MICHAEL PECA) 11:09

    Blackhawks 1, Blue Jackets 2  1st - 8:51Mar 18 7:30 PM


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    CHICAGO 1
    COLUMBUS 1
    1ST PRD: COB - R.J. UMBERGER 24 (JAKUB VORACEK) 3:29

    Blackhawks 1, Blue Jackets 1  1st - 16:31Mar 18 7:14 PM


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    CHICAGO 1
    COLUMBUS 0
    1ST PRD: CHI - DAVE BOLLAND 16 (ANDREW LADD, MARTIN HAVLAT) 1:00

    Blackhawks 1, Blue Jackets 0  1st - 19:00Mar 18 7:11 PM