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Blue Jackets drop Blackhawks for first win of season

CHICAGO (AP) -- Bryan Berard had cause to celebrate his return to
Chicago on Sunday night.

The Columbus defenseman scored a second-period goal, then set up
Jody Shelley's eventual game-winner, and the Blue Jackets held on
to defeat the Blackhawks 3-2 for their first win of the season.

Berard played for Chicago in 2003-04, but his contract wasn't
renewed following the conclusion of the NHL lockout. He felt no
remorse in helping beat the Blackhawks, who like the Blue Jackets
are now 1-2-0.

"It definitely puts a little extra spice on it, but it was just
nice to get the first win - that's the most important thing,"
Berard said. "It gets us on the right track. We have a big
four-game road trip coming up."

Jody Shelley and Jason Chimera also scored for Columbus, which
had just three goals in its first two games. Chimera had been
acquired in a trade from Phoenix on Saturday. He was acquired along
with Cale Hulse and Mike Rupp for Geoff Sanderson and Tim Jackman.

"Obviously the player personnel movement of the last few days
probably gave us a boost," Denis said. "Chimmy gave us a huge
boost on his first shift scoring a big goal and getting us going
there."

Columbus coach Gerard Gallant also was impressed by Chimera.

"He got here late last night and played his first game with his
new teammates," Gallant said. "He was excited and the guys were
really happy for him.

"It (the trade) gives our team a different outlook, a lot
bigger team."

Blackhawks rookie Pavel Vorobiev scored twice for the second
straight game and Nikolai Khabibulin made 24 saves. Khabibulin
admitted he's not yet in the form he showed in backstopping Tampa
Bay to the Stanley Cup in 2004.

"Of the three games I've played so far, I thought I felt the
best tonight," Khabibulin said. "Obviously, I'm not close to
where I want to be."

Chimera gave the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead just 4:31 in. As he
reached the Chicago blue line, Chimera took a long pass from Manny
Malhotra, cut around defenseman Jassen Cullimore and beat
Khabibulin on the glove side.

Although the Blue Jackets jumped out to an 8-0 shots advantage
at the 8-minute mark, Chicago generated chances late in the period
thanks to three power plays. Both teams had 12 shots after 20
minutes.

Vorobiev tied it 1 all with 4:41 left in the first.

After Denis stopped Vorobiev's initial shot from right wing,
Tyler Arnason fed the rebound out from behind the net to Vorobiev,
who scored from just beyond the crease.

Berard gave Columbus a 2-1 lead at 6:24 of the second with a
screened power-play goal from the point.

Shelly made it 3-1 at 8:50 of the period when he drove unchecked
to the net and popped in a rebound of Berard's shot from the point.

Vorobiev cut it to 3-2 with a power-play goal at 5:32 of the
third. After faking Denis to the ice, he fired in a high shot from
the right circle.

Columbus converted one of four power plays. Chicago went
1-for-8.

Game notes
Chicago LW Eric Daze missed his second straight game with a
sore back. Blackhawks D Adrian Aucoin sat out with a sore groin.
Both are day to day. ... Blackhawks D Jaroslav Spacek returned
after missing Chicago's first two games because of sore ribs. ...
Columbus LW Rick Nash remains out because of a sprained ankle. He
was injured on Sept. 14 and played in only part of the Blue
Jackets' season-opening loss to Washington last Wednesday. He is
day to day.