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No shutout for Mason, but Nash powers Blue Jackets

Jan 3, 2009 - 5:53 AM
By Dave Reed PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

DENVER (Ticker) -- Kristian Huselius scored a pair of goals and captain Rick Nash converted a penalty shot and added three assists as the Columbus Blue Jackets extended their season-high winning streak to four games with a 6-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.

Rookie Steve Mason stopped 23 shots to improve to 13-7-1, but his shutout streak came to an end at 199 minutes, 28 seconds when Darcy Tucker gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead with 2:40 remaining in the first period.

"When I look back at the goal, I probably should have had it," Mason said. "It's kind of disappointing to look at it that way. It went through a couple of guys, but I didn't get the greatest push across."

"Mason has been great. It's too bad he let that one in," Nash said. "In some sense, it was kind of nice just because it was a huge weight off everyone's shoulders. He's been amazing all season. A goalie can take you a long way."

Mason was attempting to become just the third goaltender to post four or more consecutive shutouts. Current San Jose Shark Brian Boucher holds the modern-day record as he posted five straight blankings during the 2003-04 season.

"Obviously, everybody makes a big deal about it," Mason said. "At the end of the day, the most important thing for the hockey club is getting wins. It's kind of nice that it's out of the way and we can kind of move on now."

Huselius tied the game at 1-1 at 2:28 of the second period, when his shot from the right faceoff circle went off the left goalpost and past netminder Peter Budaj.

Nash, who was awarded the penalty shot after being hooked by Colorado defenseman Brett Clark, put the Blue Jackets ahead with 7:27 to go in the period, beating Budaj to the stick side. It was Columbus' first penalty-shot goal since David Vyborny converted against Nashville on December 17, 2005.

For Nash, it was his first penalty-shot goal in six tries.

"I've struggled with those," Nash said with a grin. "I like someone hanging off my back and having to do it that way. I haven't seen the replay of the actual penalty. I know he got me a little because I wasn't able to raise the puck."

Columbus took a 3-1 lead with 3:50 to play in the second, when Huselius took a pass from Nash at the bottom of the right circle and scored in a vacant net. It completed the first multi-goal effort of the season for Huselius.

"The first one was a good play down low," Huselius said. "We had a good cycle going. The second one was just a nice pass by Nash. We're playing well as a team, so we just have to keep it up."

"We lost the game in the second period," Avalanche coach Tony Granato admitted.

The Blue Jackets put away the game early in the third as defenseman Mike Commodore and Jakub Voracek scored goals exactly one minute apart. Nash set up Commodore's blast from above the right circle to tie career highs with three assists and four points.

R.J. Umberger netted a power-play goal with 8:56 remaining as Columbus matched its best offensive output of the season.

"We were on our heels in the first period," Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We weren't prepared for the competitive level of the game at the start, but we adjusted. We really went after it and played our game in the second and third periods."

The Blue Jackets extended their recent mastery of the Avalanche by winning for the fourth time in the last five meetings, including both matchups here this season.

"It was a heck of a game by the guys," Mason said. "I really had to do absolutely nothing. After that first period, the guys came through in a big way."

Colorado, which lost at home for just the second time in its last nine games, still owns a 13-3-0 all-time record against Columbus at Pepsi Center.

"They competed, which we didn't do," said Colorado's Ian Laperriere, who set up the Avalanche's only goal. "It comes down to the individuals. If you don't prepare yourself for the game, it doesn't matter which system the coaches put out there. You won't have any chance to win. That was the best example tonight."

Budaj finished with 24 saves.






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    Blue Jackets 6, Avalanche 1  FinalJan 3 5:54 AM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLUMBUS 0 3 3 6
    COLORADO 1 0 0 1 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COL - DARCY TUCKER 5 (IAN LAPERRIERE, JORDAN LEOPOLD) 17:20
    2ND PRD: COB - KRISTIAN HUSELIUS 11 (RICK NASH, MIKE COMMODORE) 2:28
    COB - (PS) RICK NASH 17 12:33
    COB - KRISTIAN HUSELIUS 12 (RICK NASH, MANNY MALHOTRA) 16:

    Blue Jackets 6, Avalanche 1  FinalJan 2 11:32 PM


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    COLUMBUS 5
    COLORADO 1
    3RD PRD: COB - (PP) R.J. UMBERGER 11 (MICHAEL PECA, ROSTISLAV KLESLA)
    11:14

    Blue Jackets 5, Avalanche 1  3rd - 8:46Jan 2 11:16 PM


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    COLUMBUS 4
    COLORADO 1
    3RD PRD: COB - JAKUB VORACEK 5 (FREDRIK MODIN) 6:56

    Blue Jackets 4, Avalanche 1  3rd - 13:04Jan 2 11:06 PM


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    COLUMBUS 3
    COLORADO 1
    3RD PRD: COB - MIKE COMMODORE 2 (RICK NASH, MANNY MALHOTRA) 5:56

    Blue Jackets 3, Avalanche 1  3rd - 14:04Jan 2 11:04 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLUMBUS 0 2 2
    COLORADO 1 0 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COL - DARCY TUCKER 5 (IAN LAPERRIERE, JORDAN LEOPOLD) 17:20
    2ND PRD: COB - KRISTIAN HUSELIUS 11 (RICK NASH, MIKE COMMODORE) 2:28
    COB - KRISTIAN HUSELIUS 12 (RICK NASH, MANNY MALHOTRA) 16:10
    SHOTS ON GOAL:

    Jan 2 10:40 PM


  • NHL
    COLUMBUS 2
    COLORADO 1
    2ND PRD: COB - KRISTIAN HUSELIUS 12 (RICK NASH, MANNY MALHOTRA) 16:10

    Blue Jackets 2, Avalanche 1  2nd - 3:50Jan 2 10:33 PM


  • NHL
    COLUMBUS 1
    COLORADO 1
    2ND PRD: COB - KRISTIAN HUSELIUS 11 (RICK NASH, MIKE COMMODORE) 2:28

    Blue Jackets 1, Avalanche 1  2nd - 17:32Jan 2 10:07 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLUMBUS 0 0
    COLORADO 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COL - DARCY TUCKER 5 (IAN LAPERRIERE, JORDAN LEOPOLD) 17:20
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COB 7 7
    COL 11 11
    GOALIES: COB - STEVE MASON
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    Jan 2 9:44 PM


  • NHL
    COLUMBUS 0
    COLORADO 1
    1ST PRD: COL - DARCY TUCKER 5 (IAN LAPERRIERE, JORDAN LEOPOLD) 17:20

    Blue Jackets 0, Avalanche 1  1st - 2:40Jan 2 9:41 PM