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It could have been worse. A miscommunication between the Blue Jackets' defensive tandem led to Patrick Kane coasting in all alone on Mason in the last minute. Mason stopped him but never controlled the puck, looking back over his shoulder into the net. With the puck sitting in the crease and Andrew Brunette bearing down for an easy jam shot, the officials blew the play dead.
After a scoreless second period, Sharp picked up his second on a one-timer from the right circle off a drop pass from Hossa on the power play. Hossa then made it 5-0 by crashing the net to score thanks to a centering pass from Shaw.
NOTES: Viktor Stalberg had eight goals and two assists in the six games against Columbus, while Keith (0-8-8), Jonathan Toews (3-4-7), Dave Bolland (5-2-7), Hossa (3-4-7), Seabrook (1-5-6), Sharp (4-2-6) each averaged at least a point a game vs. the Blue Jackets. ... Columbus was without front-line G Curtis Sanford (leg muscle tear) and D James Wisniewski (hit in the face by a puck). Sanford will likely miss the rest of the season. ... Sharp and Hossa extended their points streaks to six games, Stalberg and Seabrook to five games. ... Nash has eight consecutive seasons with at least 25 goal.
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