After Hannes Hyvonen got his third goal of the season, Nash
scored on a breakaway, again taking a pass from Vyborny and
swooping in to beat Blackburn on the stick side for a 3-0 lead.
All three goals came in the opening 9½ minutes, with a
standing-room only crowd in excess of 19,000 roaring its approval.
"Obviously, when you get two goals you think hat trick in the
back of your head,'' Nash said. "But you can't cheat and start
going offensive. You have to worry about the two points. That's how
we came out tonight and we're happy about it.''
There were two fights after time expired, with New York's Sandy
McCarthy and Tyler Wright squaring off and the Rangers' Krzysztof
Oliwa trading punches with Grant Marshall. At one point, assistant
coaches for both teams were pointing and shouting at each other
through the glass separating the benches.
"At the end it got to be a bit of a circus,'' Columbus coach
Dave King said.
Blue Jackets president and general manager Doug MacLean was
angry that the Rangers put several enforcers on the ice in the
"It was a joke. Those guys were out there for one reason,'' he
said. "It's ridiculous.''
There were 13 penalties called after the final horn, including
game misconducts against McCarthy and Oliwa. The penalties against
both teams totaled 86 minutes.
The fights set Columbus franchise records for penalties and
penalty minutes in a period and game for Columbus and in
combination with the Rangers.
"We were just trying to keep things calm,'' said Rangers coach
Bryan Trottier, who added that the physical players asked to be on
the ice at the end. "It's unfortunate -- those things at the end of
the game take the focus away from hockey.''
Andrew Cassels had three assists, including a give-and-go on a
short-handed goal by Tyler Wright, who has goals in his last four
Hannes Hyvonen had a goal and an assist, and David Vyborny two
assists. Geoff Sanderson and Sean Pronger added goals for the Blue
Jackets, who have scored points in their last five games (4-0-0-1).
"We're running on all cylinders right now,'' Sanderson said.
Cassels extended his points streak to five games. He has five
goals and 12 assists in the Blue Jackets' last 10 games.
Columbus tied franchise records for consecutive goals (4) and
most goals at Nationwide Arena.
Petr Nedved and Radek Dvorak -- rumored to be on the trading
block -- had a goal and had an assist each for the Rangers, who lost
their third in a row on the road.
The second period was even wilder and more wide open, with the
teams combining for six goals.
Sanderson made it 4-0, notching his seventh goal after taking a
drop pass from Cassels on a 3-on-1 early in the second period.
Sanderson has goals in his last three games and points in his last
While that goal was being announced, Rem Murray scored for the
Rangers. Denis went behind the net to handle the puck and Murray
got to it first, sliding in for the wraparound before Denis could
get back in the crease.
Ray Whitney set up the next Columbus goal, taking the puck away
near the blue line and feeding Pronger for the one-timer. That gave
Whitney points in five consecutive games, including five assists in
the last three.
Nedved and Dvorak sandwiched goals around Wright's short-handed
goal before a scoreless -- but chippy -- third period.
The Blue Jackets improved to 6-3-1-1 at home -- matching
their win total a year ago through New Year's Day. ... The Rangers,
coming off a two-game home winning streak, started a four-game road
trip. ... Columbus D Jaroslav Spacek and Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre were
hit by shots and had to be helped off the ice. Neither returned.
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Arena: Nationwide Arena Location: Columbus, Ohio
Referees: Kerry Fraser, Tim Peel Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Andy McElman
Attendance: 18,136 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Rick Nash (2)
Assists: David Vyborny, Derrick Walser
Hannes Hyvonen (3)
Assist: Andrew Cassels
Rick Nash (2)
Assist: David Vyborny
Geoff Sanderson (7)
Assists: Andrew Cassels, Hannes Hyvonen
Rem Murray (4)
Sean Pronger (2)
Assist: Ray Whitney
Petr Nedved (6)
Tyler Wright (7)
(Shorthanded) Assist: Andrew Cassels
Radek Dvorak (2)
Assists: Petr Nedved, Vladimir Malakhov