Series (Game 4 of 8)

Columbus leads 5-3

Game 1: Sunday, October 9th
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Game 2: Monday, December 26th
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Game 3: Friday, December 30th
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Game 4: Tuesday, March 7th
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Game 5: Wednesday, March 15th
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Game 6: Saturday, April 1st
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Game 7: Saturday, April 15th
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Game 8: Sunday, April 16th
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Blackhawks 3

(20-32-9, 49 pts)

Blue Jackets 1

(24-36-2, 50 pts)

7:00 PM ET, March 7, 2006

Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

1 2 3 T
CHI 0 1 23
CBJ 0 1 01

P. Sharp (Blackhawks - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

M. Denis (Blue Jackets - G): Saves: 41, Save Pct.: .953

M. Malhotra (Blue Jackets - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Chicago (19-32-9) at Columbus (24-35-2) 7:00 pm EST

Chicago (19-32-9) at Columbus (24-35-2) 7:00 pm EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) - After ending a tough road trip in winning style, the Columbus Blue Jackets will try to maintain their dominance of the Chicago Blackhawks when the teams meet Tuesday.

The Blue Jackets, who have won all three meetings with the Blackhawks this season by one goal, lost the first three games of a four-game trek that spanned the Olympic break before breaking a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Sunday.

Columbus had scored just five goals during the slide and got its only two in regulation in a span of seven-plus minutes of the first period.

Rookie Jaroslav Balastik and Nikolai Zherdev had the tallies and, after a scoreless second and third periods, Rick Nash's shootout goal provided the difference.

Zherdev has three goals in his last two games to become the eighth player in franchise history to reach 20 in a season. He enters Tuesday with a team-leading 22.

The Blackhawks wrapped up a 1-1-1 homestand with Sunday's 7-2 loss to Dallas. It marked their worst defensive effort since November 4, when they allowed nine goals, also to the Stars.

Chicago let up the first three goals of the game before Mark Bell tallied for the Blackhawks. However, any chance for a comeback was thwarted by another three-goal burst by Dallas.

Rookie Adam Munro stopped just eight of 11 shots before being relieved by Craig Anderson, who stopped 13 of 17.

Zherdev and Nash capped a three-goal first period and goaltender Marc Denis made 41 saves to make the early lead hold up in a 3-2 triumph in the last meeting December 30.