The Jackets make it 3 in a row!
The Columbus Blue Jackets kept their hot streak of play alive on Wednesday night, blanking the top team in the Western Conference, the San Jose Sharks. Columbus scored a goal in each of the three periods, and goaltender Steve Mason stopped 40 shots. The win for the Blue Jackets came in front of an attendance of 15,234 at Nationwide Arena.
The scoring got started when the Blue Jackets leading goal scorer Rick Nash netted his 26th goal of the season. Nash scored 13:18 into the goal, and was assisted by Kristian Huseluis and Antoine Vermette. The first period only saw two penalties called, with one to San Jose star Joe Thornton. In the second period Jakub Vorachek picked up his ninth goal of the season, with assists from Derick Brassard and Raffi Torres. The final period saw Vermette pick up his 19th goal, which came with just :24 remaining, and it came with an empty net. The Sharks started goaltender Thomas Greiss, who had played in just 10 games coming into the night.
The win was the third straight for the Blue Jackets, and they continue to be unbeaten under new head coach Claude Noel. The Blue Jackets improved to 25-27-9 on the season, with 59 total points. Columbus remains two points behind the St. Louis Blues, in an effort to get out of the basement in the Central Division of the Western Conference. San Jose, despite the loss, remains at the top of the Western Conference. San Jose is 39-12-9, for 87 total points. The Sharks lead Chicago by four points for the top spot.