Kris Versteeg scored the game’s lone goal on a breakaway with 1:50 remaining in overtime as the Chicago Blackhawks blanked the Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0 in a defensive showdown at Nationwide Arena.
In the extra session, Columbus captain Rick Nash carried the puck into the Chicago zone, but Andrew Ladd broke up the play and feathered a pass to Versteeg, who skated in alone on Steve Mason and beat the rookie netminder on the stick side.
“What a hockey game. Both teams played hard, the pace was incredible,” said Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville. “I don’t know how many times we had five or six minutes of play without faceoffs or stoppages. The pace just never stopped. I would like to commend them for playing well. Both goalies were great. What a thrill. It was a fun game to watch and be a part of.”
Nikolai Khabibulin was a brick wall for the Blackhawks, stopping all 20 shots he faced to notch his second shutout of the season and 40th of his career.
Chicago has won six of its last eight games and is fourth in the Western Conference with 97 points.
Mason finished with 24 saves for the Blue Jackets, who have lost five of seven.
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