Columbus Warns The Best Of The West: The Blue Jackets Are For Real

November 21st, 2010 by Patrick Drottar Leave a reply »
A week ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets were licking their wounds after another devastating loss to the Colorado Avalanche. After losing 5-1, the Jackets were still looking for their identity as they prepped for a three game road trip out west against three tough Pacific Division teams in Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Jose.

The Blue Jackets were clearly underdogs in their first game, as the division leading Kings had yet to lose at home this season. The Jackets didn't let that get to them as they went out and played aggressive hockey, pulling off a 5-3 upset. Rick Nash tallied his seventh and eighth goals in the victory, and leads the team in goals for the seventh straight season, which just happens to be how long Nash has been with the team.

Steve Mason, coming off a brutal loss to the Avalanche, stopped 33 of 36 shots and kept the Blue Jackets competitive throughout a back and forth game where the Kings were able to tie the game twice before taking the lead early in the third period.  An unlikely player would step up to tie the game at three as Jared Boll scored his second goal of the season before Rick Nash scored the eventual g ...

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