It had all the makings of another lost night for the Blue Jackets.
After an early surge against the Calgary Flames, the Jackets seemed to lose their grip and fade fast, giving up three straight goals. Then out of nowhere, the Blue Jackets stole a victory from a team that is enduring almost as bad a season as they are.
The Jackets scored two goals in the final 4:05 of regulation last night, including Rick Nash's deflection of a Nikita Nikitin shot with 57.2 seconds remaining and goaltender Curtis Sanford pulled for an extra skater to force a tie. Nash then delivered a 4-3 shootout win when he scored in the third round of a shootout, splitting the pads of Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.
"It's the first game we've won like that all year, coming back late and kind of stealing one," Nash said. "I don't think we've won a shootout, either. It's great. It's a big lift. We're desperate for points now, fighting for points. These two are big."
Blue Jackets 4, Flames 3 (SO): Late goals by Nikitin, Nash spark rally
Columbus Dispatch | Dec 2