Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 12/27/11
If the Blue Jackets have mastered anything this season, it's the ability to turn early game success into late game misery and apparent victories into continuing heartbreak. The Jackets have lost six times this season when leading after two periods, five of them in regulation. They lead the NHL in third-period collapses. "It's something we have to get over," Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel said. "We've talked about it, watched film, talked about it some more, tried to stop talking about so we're not making a big deal out of it. ... We've tried everything. "We have veteran players who have been in those situations before, and should be able to handle it. But we're not." The Jackets came out of a three-day holiday break still seething from the mother of all late game collapses in Nashville. They led 4-1 and 5-2 and lost 6-5. It was only the latest crusher. "How many times can we go through it and not learn from it?" winger Derek Dorsett said. "We have to get past it." The Blue Jackets were never ahead Monday, falling to the Blackhawks 4-1, and they next host Calgary on Tuesday. NOTES, QUOTES --It's a stunning number -- seven regulation wins in 57 games -- but it's all the Blue Jackets have accumulated since last Feb. 25, part of a miserable finish to last season and start of this season. The Jackets have yet to win a road game in regulation this season. --The Blue Jackets will have five prospects taking part in the IIHF World Junior Championships, under way in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta. Boone Jenner will play for Canada, T.J. Tynan for the United States, Petr Straka and Lukas Sedlak for Czech Republic and Anton Forsberg for Sweden. Florida leads the NHL with seven prospects taking part in the tournament. QUOTE TO NOTE: "We're back to making the same mistakes we were making early in the year. It's not one or two guys. As a group, we've left holes and the opposition has jumped at them." -- Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel, after a 4-1 loss to Chicago on Monday, the Jackets' fifth straight defeat. ROSTER REPORT PLAYER NOTES: --D James Wisniewski snapped a 15-game goal drought when he scored early in the third period again Chicago on Monday. Wisniewski had 10 goals last season with Montreal and the New York Islanders, but has not yet contributed at the same pace in Columbus. Part of the reason is he missed the first eight games of the season because of an NHL suspension. --C Ryan Johansen was demoted to the checking line on Monday in Chicago despite scoring two goals in his last outing, a 6-5 loss in Nashville. It's an odd place to play Johansen -- the first time he played on the third line all season -- especially against the high-scoring Blackhawks. --G Curtis Sanford told The Dispatch that the injury he suffered late in Monday's loss to Nashville was a stiff hip, not a recurrence of back spasms. Sanford could return to action on Tuesday against Calgary. MEDICAL WATCH: --LW Kristian Huselius (lower body) is out until February. --D Radek Martinek (concussion) is out indefinitely.
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