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Richardson scores first goal in 183 games

2/28/2004

CHICAGO (AP) -- Luke Richardson's first goal in more than two
years couldn't have come at a better time for the Columbus Blue
Jackets.

Richardson scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:51 left in the
third period and the Blue Jackets ended a five-game losing skid
with a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.

Richardson scored his first goal in 183 games from 50 feet out
on a wrist shot through traffic that beat Michael Leighton on the
glove side. He last scored on Dec. 8, 2001, while with
Philadelphia.

"This was my first goal in Columbus and it made it a little
more meaningful to be a game-winner, even though two guys made a
great play on it," Richardson said. "Rick Nash screened the
goalie and (David) Vyborny made a great pass to me.

"It's still meaningful to know that your name is at the end of
the (goal-scoring) list."

Columbus rallied from a 3-1 deficit to end an 11-game winless
slump on the road (0-8-3). The Blue Jackets won for the first time
this season when trailing after two periods.

"I thought the guys battled back," Columbus coach Gerard
Gallant said. "To win when we were trailing 3-2 going into the
third period was great for our team."

Vyborny, Geoff Sanderson and Tim Jackman each had a goal and an
assist for Columbus. Jackman's points were his first in the NHL.

"It was more exciting for me to see Tim Jackman come up and
play a hell of a game and scored his first NHL goal," Richardson
said. "I was more exciting for him than myself."

Chicago's Kyle Calder and Bryan Berard each had a goal and an
assist. Brett McLean also scored for the Blackhawks.

"We just got outworked," Chicago defenseman Stephane Robidas
said. "That shouldn't happen in our building. There's no way they
should come back."

Columbus goalie Fred Brathwaite made 33 saves. Leighton made 25.

Calder opened the scoring midway through the first period when
he drove to the net and tucked in the rebound of Matt Keith's shot
from the left wing.

Jackman tied it 1-all at 1:20 of the second. He one-timed a feed
from Sanderson from the right circle despite being covered by
Berard.

Berard's power-play goal from the top of the left circle at 9:16
gave Chicago a 2-1 lead. His slap shot beat Brathwaite high on the
glove side.

McLean's power-play goal with 3:10 left in the second extended
the Blackhawks' lead to 3-1. His shot from the left circle struck
Brathwaite's pad, but slid into the net.

Vyborny cut it to 3-2 on a power play with 50 seconds remaining
in the period. He fired in Anders Eriksson's centering pass from 10
feet.

Sanderson tied it 3-all with 8:58 left in the third. He
accelerated around Chicago defenseman Jason Strudwick, broke in
alone and beat Leighton on the stick side.

Leighton stopped Aaron Johnson, who had just left the penalty
box, on a breakaway with 5:30 left.
^Notes:@ The Blue Jackets took the season series from Chicago, 4-2.
... Calder has two goals and three assists in his last two games.
... Chicago D Nathan Dempsey missed his third game with a
concussion. ... Chicago rookies Matt Keith and Johnathan Aitken
earned their first NHL points by assisting on Calder's goal. ...
Columbus C Manny Malhotra was a healthy scratch. ... Vyborny has
two goals and four assists in his last five games. ... Vyborny's
power-play goal ended Columbus' 0-for-33 drought with the man
advantage on the road.