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Nash propels Blue Jackets past Capitals

Nov 30, 2008 - 4:14 AM
By Dave Holstein PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- Captain Rick Nash scored twice and rookie goaltender Steve Mason made 26 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets rolled to a 3-0 triumph over the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

Raffi Torres also tallied in support of the 20-year-old Mason, who turned aside eight shots in the first period, eight in the second and 10 in the third to secure his second shutout of the season.

"(Mason) was good," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He has been good for a little while now. If Mason continues to play like this, the way the standings are and how valuable points are, we've got to play him. We've got to play him quite a bit."

Washington's Alex Ovechkin was held scoreless for the first time in his last 11 games. The defending Hart Trophy winner entered with a 10-game points streak, recording 11 goals and 11 assists in that span.

"I thought the Blue Jackets played a really good game," Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said. "They came out, got the lead and never stopped. They were solid defensively and took advantage of their chances."

The Capitals' season-high losing streak on the road was extended to four games. It was also only the second time this season that they have been blanked.

"Just score the goals," Ovechkin said. "That's the difference; we don't score the goals on the road like we do at home. We had lots of chances tonight in the second period when we have the power play. I had a couple of chances but just couldn't score the goal."

In the first period, Torres opened the scoring with his first goal of the season and his first as a member of the Blue Jackets. He was traded from Edmonton to Columbus on July 1 for Gilbert Brule. Torres missed most of last season and the first 10 games of this season due to injuries. His last goal was on December 2, 2007.

"It's good to finally get a goal," Torres said. "Hopefully we can keep it up."

Making his eighth start, Mason made a brilliant glove save on Ovechkin, who blistered a shot from between the faceoff circles at 8:24 of the second.

"The guys made it really easy to play tonight," Mason said. "They were making sure the lanes were open so I could see the shots. A lot of credit to them. They shut down one of the best players in the league."

Nash followed his first goal with 5:16 left in the second. He received a nice drop pass from center R.J. Umberger and his blast from the right faceoff circle extended Columbus' lead to 2-0.

"I thought Nash was great," Hitchcock said. "He knew the challenge. He wanted us to have the feeling that with all the work we've put in, we we're going to be rewarded for it."

His second goal of the night came shorthanded as he took a deflection and skated in on Capitals goalie Brent Johnson before converting a backhander with 6:23 left in the third.

"I screwed up on the second one," Johnson said. "I made him do exactly what I wanted to do. I poke-checked and he went to the one side and I thought I was there, and he was able to slide it through my pads."

Johnson made 28 saves for the Capitals.

The Capitals were playing without at least eight regulars due to injury including defenseman Mike Green and Alexander Semin, who is among the league leaders in points and goals.






  • Shaggy Steve... FREAKING... Mason.

    Capitals 0, Blue Jackets 3  FinalNov 29 10:26 PM


  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 0 0 0 0
    COLUMBUS 1 1 1 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COB - RAFFI TORRES 1 (FREDRIK MODIN, MARC METHOT) 8:01
    2ND PRD: COB - RICK NASH 11 (R.J. UMBERGER, KRISTIAN HUSELIUS) 14:44
    3RD PRD: COB - (SH) RICK NASH 12 (UNASSISTED) 13:37
    POWER-PLAY CONVERSIONS: WAS - 0 OF 5, COB

    Nov 29 9:28 PM


  • NHL
    WASHINGTON 0
    COLUMBUS 3
    3RD PRD: COB - (SH) RICK NASH 12 (UNASSISTED) 13:37

    Capitals 0, Blue Jackets 3  3rd - 6:23Nov 29 9:20 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 0 0 0
    COLUMBUS 1 1 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COB - RAFFI TORRES 1 (FREDRIK MODIN, MARC METHOT) 8:01
    2ND PRD: COB - RICK NASH 11 (R.J. UMBERGER, KRISTIAN HUSELIUS) 14:44
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WAS 8 8

    Nov 29 8:39 PM


  • NHL
    WASHINGTON 0
    COLUMBUS 2
    2ND PRD: COB - RICK NASH 11 (R.J. UMBERGER, KRISTIAN HUSELIUS) 14:44

    Capitals 0, Blue Jackets 2  2nd - 5:16Nov 29 8:30 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 0 0
    COLUMBUS 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COB - RAFFI TORRES 1 (FREDRIK MODIN, MARC METHOT) 8:01
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WAS 8 8
    COB 15 15
    GOALIES: WAS - BRENT JOHNSON
    COB

    Nov 29 7:45 PM


  • NHL
    WASHINGTON 0
    COLUMBUS 1
    1ST PRD: COB - RAFFI TORRES 1 (FREDRIK MODIN, MARC METHOT) 8:01

    Capitals 0, Blue Jackets 1  1st - 11:59Nov 29 7:23 PM
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