Published March 29, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Maksim Mayorov had the lone goal in his first NHL shootout, and Columbus' Steve Mason stopped all three Florida Panthers attempts to lead the Blue Jackets to a 3-2 win on Tuesday night.
Mayorov, shooting second for Columbus, scored on a lefty shot from the right hash, beating Scott Clemmensen on the glove side. Mason then stopped Mike Santorelli and Sergei Samsonov to seal the win and end the Blue Jackets' home losing skid at six and overall slide at four.
Evgeny Dadonov and David Booth had goals for Florida, which lost its sixth in a row.
Mayorov, the Blue Jackets' fifth pick and 94th overall in the 2007 draft, was playing in just his ninth NHL game.
Mason stopped 29 shots in regulation. Clemmensen had 30 saves.
Down a goal midway through the third period, the Panthers got the equalizer when Dadonov scored on a wraparound as Mason was unable to recover laterally after sealing off a post.
The Panthers also tied the game, this time on the power play, early in the second period. Samsonov won a puck battle in the corner and fired a high shot that Mason blocked with his chest. The puck tumbled over his head and behind him, and Booth tapped it in for his 22nd goal.
With a minute left in the period, the Blue Jackets put together a flurry of shots. After Matt Calvert stripped the puck and tossed a shot that didn't get through to the goaltender, R.J. Umberger controlled it and slid a blind, backhanded pass to Vermette who fought off Dmitry Kulikov to jam in the puck for his 18th.
With his 31st assist, Umberger tied a career high with 55 points, matching his total set in 82 games last season.
The Blue Jackets scored the only goal of the first period at 7:06 — but hit the post with three other shots.
Upshall took a pass from Derek Dorsett and netted a shot from the left circle inside the far post. He extended his career best with his 21st goal.
Notes: The Blue Jackets signed G Allen York, a junior at RPI, to a two-year, entry-level contract. ... The Panthers were 1 for 3 on the power play. The Blue Jackets failed on three opportunities and are 0 for 36 over the last 10 games. ... The franchises combined for five wins and 23 losses since the trade deadline on Feb. 28.