Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 12/12/11
The Blue Jackets have developed an uncanny and unflattering knack this season of collapsing at the most demoralizing time -- in the final 90 seconds of periods. According to The Columbus Dispatch, the Blue Jackets have allowed 19 goals in the final 90 seconds of periods this season, including 11 in the third period. Five of those late third-period goals have been scored in an empty Blue Jackets net, but that's still six goals -- in 29 games -- that have taken points off the Blue Jackets' ledger. "We seem to be a team that, when momentum swings, we get back on our heels," Arniel said. "It might be some history here, some of the things that have happened over the years. I just think that our mentality switches from positive to negative very quickly. "We have experienced people on the ice, people who have earned the opportunity to be out there (late in games), but they don't make experienced plays or experienced decisions. That can be frustrating, and it's obviously hurt us." It reared its head again in Saturday's 5-3 loss to Boston. The Bruins scored twice in the final 94 seconds of the first period to erase a 2-0 Blue Jackets lead. The Blue Jackets will try to avoid the same result when they host Vancouver on Tuesday. NOTES, QUOTES --The Blue Jackets gave up three more power-play goals to Boston on Saturday, dropping their already woeful mark -- 28th in the NHL entering the game -- even deeper. It marked the third time this season the Jackets have given up three power-play goals in a game. --Friday's deadline for NHL clubs to release players for the World Junior Championships came and went with Blue Jackets rookie center Ryan Johansen still in Columbus. That's where he'll stay, too. The Blue Jackets reasoned that Johansen, holding down a top-six role and averaging 15 minutes per game, was playing too big a part in Columbus to be sent away for three weeks. The tournament begins on Dec. 26 in Alberta. QUOTE TO NOTE: "It was a hard game. It was a fun game, for most of it. We played hard. You knew it was going to go down to the wire. It was one of those games where you had to score four or five goals to win." -- Blue Jackets winger R.J. Umberger, after a 5-3 loss to Boston on Saturday. ROSTER REPORTPLAYER NOTES: --RW Derek Dorsett, having the best season of his career, appeared to suffer a serious lower leg injury in the second period vs. Boston. Dorsett soared over Bruins G Tim Thomas, but caught his left skate on the ice and twisted it under his weight as he fell. He needed help to leave the ice and did not return. --G Curtis Sanford, making his 12th straight start, allowed a season-high five goals on Saturday against Boston. He stopped 24 of 29 shots. Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel has told The Columbus Dispatch that G Steve Mason will start on this five-game homestand, and there are three games left. --LW Kristian Huselius made it back into the Blue Jackets lineup for one full game before he got injured again. Huselius, who has missed 70 of his club's last 94 games, suffered a serious groin injury and will miss between four and six weeks. MEDICAL WATCH: --LW Kristian Huselius (lower body) is out until February. --G Mark Dekanich (groin) came up lame during warm-ups of a minor-league game on Nov. 11 and is out indefinitely. --D Radek Martinek (concussion) is out indefinitely.
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