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Nash, Fritsche keep Blue Jackets rolling

Dec 11, 2006 - 1:46 AM
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- Rick Nash and Dan Fritsche made sure the Columbus Blue Jackets kept rolling.

Nash and Fritsche each scored two power-play goals as the Blue Jackets downed the Ottawa Senators, 6-2.

Columbus, which went 5-for-11 with the man advantage, won its season-high fourth straight game and improved to 5-3-0 since Ken Hitchcock took over as coach on November 24.

"I think we are all buying into coach Hitchcock's system," Nash said. "Before we were working hard and just didn't get the job done. Now we are working a bit smarter and it seems to be working. It feels really good, you see the best teams in the league winning five and six games in a row, and if we can do that, we will be fine."

"They scored when they got the chances," Ottawa coach Bryan Murray said. "I think we had seven odd-man chances at the end of the second period, they had one: Rick Nash. When you don't score, and you don't get some stops, you are not going to win. To be honest and fair, they played a very good hockey game."

Nash scored both his goals in the first period to give the Blue Jackets a 2-0 lead. The left wing opened the scoring at 5:57 when he poked in a loose puck from close range and upped the advantage to 2-0 with 1:14 left when he redirected a shot past Ottawa goaltender Martin Gerber.

Nash entered with only one goal in his last nine games.

Fritsche, who entered with only three goals in his first 23 games, made it 3-0 at 2:53 of the second period when his shot from the right faceoff circle glanced off Gerber's glove into the net.

"I was just coming in with speed and I think I caught the goalie cheating a little bit and I was able to get over his glove," Fritsche said. "It was just a simple shot on net that went in."

Gerber was replaced at 7:08 of the second period after surrendering four goals on only 13 shots. Ray Emery came in and made 16 saves.

"You just have to try and change something," Emery said. "Obviously things were not going well, we had a lot of penalties and the other team gets out to a 4-0 lead, you have to try anything to turn things around."

Columbus netminder Pascal Leclaire stopped all 17 shots he faced before leaving with a groin injury late in the second period.

Ottawa's Peter Schaefer was unsuccessful on a penalty shot in the second period. He zoomed in on Leclaire and tried to deke him, but the puck rolled off of his stick.

Defenseman Christoph Schubert and Mike Fisher scored for the Senators, who went 1-for-6 on the power play.

Jason Spezza assisted on Schubert's goal to extend his point streak to nine games, during which he has six goals and seven assists.

The Blue Jackets aim for their fifth straight win when they play the Stars in Dallas on Tuesday.

"We are making a race of this thing now," Hitchcock said. "We have a lot of confidence and a lot of spirit. We are not gong to score five or six goals a night, that is not realistic, but we are going to be competitive and we are going to battle."








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 0 0 2 2
    COLUMBUS 2 3 1 6 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COB - (PP) RICK NASH 8 (RON HAINSEY) 5:57
    COB - (PP) RICK NASH 9 (RON HAINSEY, SERGEI FEDOROV) 18:46
    2ND PRD: COB - (PP) DAN FRITSCHE 4 (ANSON CARTER) 2:53
    COB - (PP) RON HAINSEY 3 (ANDERS ERIKSSON, DAVID VYBORNY)
    7:

    Dec 10 8:37 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 2
    COLUMBUS 6
    3RD PRD: COB - MANNY MALHOTRA 3 (JASON CHIMERA, AARON JOHNSON) 12:54

    Senators vs. Blue JacketsDec 10 8:28 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 2
    COLUMBUS 5
    3RD PRD: OTT - MIKE FISHER 8 (CHRISTOPH SCHUBERT, TOM PREISSING) 11:52

    Senators vs. Blue JacketsDec 10 8:27 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 1
    COLUMBUS 5
    3RD PRD: OTT - (PP) CHRISTOPH SCHUBERT 3 (JASON SPEZZA) 13:17

    Senators vs. Blue JacketsDec 10 8:13 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 0 0 0
    COLUMBUS 2 3 5 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COB - (PP) RICK NASH 8 (RON HAINSEY) 5:57
    COB - (PP) RICK NASH 9 (RON HAINSEY, SERGEI FEDOROV) 18:46
    2ND PRD: COB - (PP) DAN FRITSCHE 4 (ANSON CARTER) 2:53
    COB - (PP) RON HAINSEY 3 (ANDERS ERIKSSON, DAVID

    Dec 10 7:47 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 0
    COLUMBUS 5
    2ND PRD: COB - (PP) DAN FRITSCHE 5 (ANDERS ERIKSSON, ANSON CARTER)
    11:22

    Senators vs. Blue JacketsDec 10 7:28 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 0
    COLUMBUS 4
    2ND PRD: COB - (PP) RON HAINSEY 3 (ANDERS ERIKSSON, DAVID VYBORNY)
    7:17

    Senators vs. Blue JacketsDec 10 7:22 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 0
    COLUMBUS 3
    2ND PRD: COB - (PP) DAN FRITSCHE 4 (ANSON CARTER) 2:53

    Senators vs. Blue JacketsDec 10 7:09 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 0 0
    COLUMBUS 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COB - (PP) RICK NASH 8 (RON HAINSEY) 5:57
    COB - (PP) RICK NASH 9 (RON HAINSEY, SERGEI FEDOROV) 18:46
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTT 8 8
    COB 9

    Dec 10 6:48 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 0
    COLUMBUS 2
    1ST PRD: COB - (PP) RICK NASH 9 (RON HAINSEY, SERGEI FEDOROV) 18:46
    (WITH EXTRA ATTACKER)

    Senators vs. Blue JacketsDec 10 6:45 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 0
    COLUMBUS 1
    1ST PRD: COB - (PP) RICK NASH 8 (RON HAINSEY) 14:03

    Senators vs. Blue JacketsDec 10 6:19 PM