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Blue Jackets 6, Avalanche 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Blue Jackets 6, Avalanche 1
Columbus Blue Jackets 6, Colorado Avalanche 1

DENVER (AP) - Rick Nash tied his career high with four points, Kristian Huselius scored twice and Steve Mason won his fourth straight despite having his shutout streak halted at three games, as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat Colorado 6-1 on Friday night.

Mason's franchise-record shutout string was snapped by Darcy Tucker's goal late in the first period. Mason went 199 minutes, 19 seconds between goals allowed.

The 20-year-old rookie finished with 23 saves. He's given up two goals or fewer in 10 of his past 11 starts.

Nash converted a penalty shot as part of a three-goal second period, lifting Columbus to its second straight win at Pepsi Center this season. The Blue Jackets were 1-12-1 in Denver before this season.

Mike Commodore and Jakub Voracek sealed the win by scoring a minute apart early in the third period. Commodore's goal came off an assist from Nash, one of three he had on the night.

R.J. Umberger also added a goal late in the game as the Blue Jackets tied a season high with six goals.

Nash scored the Blue Jackets' first penalty shot goal of the season as he beat Peter Budaj to his stick side. Nash was awarded the shot after being hooked from behind by Brett Clark as he skated in on a breakaway at the 12:33 mark of the second period.

He has 17 goals this season.

Huselius had his first multi-goal game of the season, scoring both times on pinpoint passes from Nash. After being held pointless for five games in mid-December, Huselius has three goals and three assists over his past eight games.

Mason was selected as the NHL's Rookie of the Month on Friday after posting a 7-5 record in December with a 1.41 goals-against average.

It's the second straight month he's earned the honor. Mason started the season in the minor leagues to give him time to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery he had in September.

Tucker took a cross-ice pass from Ian Laperriere and put it out of Mason's reach at the 17:20 mark of the first period.

Mason stopped everything after Tucker's fifth goal of the season.

The Avalanche seems to exalt in stopping shutout streaks, as the club snapped Vancouver's Roberto Luongo's string of three in a row earlier this season.

Notes: The Blue Jackets play in St. Louis on Saturday night. They're 39-73-16 in the second game of back-to-backs in their history. ... Avalanche D Adam Foote played two and a half seasons for Columbus, serving as team captain. ... Chris Stewart and Jared Boll exchanged punches 75 seconds into the game, each drawing a 5-minute penalty for fighting.

scoring summary
1st Period
17:20
COL
Darcy Tucker (5) ASST: Ian Laperriere (9), Jordan Leopold (9)
1 - 0 COL
2nd Period
02:28
CBJ
Kristian Huselius (11) ASST: Rick Nash (18), Mike Commodore (15)
1 - 1 Tie
12:33
CBJ
PS - Rick Nash (17) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 CBJ
16:10
CBJ
Kristian Huselius (12) ASST: Rick Nash (19), Manny Malhotra (4)
3 - 1 CBJ
3rd Period
05:56
CBJ
Mike Commodore (2) ASST: Rick Nash (20), Manny Malhotra (5)
4 - 1 CBJ
06:56
CBJ
Jakub Voracek (5) ASST: Freddy Modin (9)
5 - 1 CBJ
11:14
CBJ
PPG - R.J. Umberger (11) ASST: Michael Peca (6), Rostislav Klesla (4)
6 - 1 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
01:15
CBJ
Jared Boll  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Stewart
01:15
COL
Chris Stewart  Fighting (maj) against  Jared Boll
04:05
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Too many men/ice - bench
11:22
CBJ
Mike Commodore  Slashing against  Milan Hejduk
2nd Period
03:11
CBJ
Michael Peca  Hooking against  Cody McLeod
05:51
COL
Ruslan Salei  Hooking against  Christian Backman
09:08
COL
Adam Foote  Interference against  Rick Nash
17:48
COL
David Jones  Roughing against  Fedor Tyutin
17:48
CBJ
Fedor Tyutin  Roughing against  David Jones
17:48
CBJ
Fedor Tyutin  Tripping against  David Jones
18:29
COL
John-Michael Liles  Tripping against  Jan Hejda
3rd Period
10:16
COL
Jordan Leopold  Holding against  Jakub Voracek
13:21
CBJ
R.J. Umberger  Interference on goalkeeper against  Peter Budaj
17:12
CBJ
Fedor Tyutin  Interference against  TJ Hensick
goalie stats
Steve Mason
Steve Mason
13-7-1
SA: 24TOI: 59:18
Saves: 23EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .958SH: 0 - 0
Peter Budaj
SA: 30TOI: 59:58
Saves: 24EV: 17 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .800SH: 0 - 0
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