Blue Jackets are For Real

Slowly but surely the Columbus Blue Jackets are making true believers out of their fans who have seen them go a franchise best 12-6 in the season’s first 18 games. After missing post season last year the Jackets are beating some of the tough teams in the league such as the San Jose Sharks. On Saturday night the Jackets were led by a three goal performance from captain Rick Nash in what was a 3-0 win against the Sharks. With the win Columbus has now won seven of their first eight road games which is also a franchise record. Remarkably it was the Blue Jackets first win in California against the Sharks since January 8, 2004. Nash, who got off to a slow start this year was actually a game time decision due to his wonky groin. “He was sore after (Friday) night, but he took care of it today and got himself into the game,” Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel said. “That’s the kind of leader he is.” With the goals Nash who is a former 2002 first overall Columbus draft pick has now put together an impressive five game goal scoring streak and an eight game point streak. “I’m a streaky player,” Nash who now has 12 goals and 16 points on the season said. “Early on, I couldn’t bury them. To come into one of the toughest buildings in the league and get two points is huge.” Also coming up big for the Blue Jackets was back-up goalie Mathieu Garon who stopped 35 shots for his third shutout of the season and 19th of his career. “It’s always tough to win in this building,” Garon said. “We stuck together, blocked a lot of shots and stayed with it.” Meanwhile the Sharks eight game point streak came to an end along with forward Joe Pavelski’s five game point streak. “From the outset we were just off,” Sharks defenceman Dan Boyle said. “My legs weren’t there, my hands weren’t there. No matter how hard I tried, it didn’t come together. It was a tough, frustrating night.”

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