Columbus 5, Colorado 2

Thursday, April 5, 2012 9:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Columbus 28-46-2-5 16-21-1-2 12-25-1-3 W1
Colorado 41-34-4-2 22-16-1-1 19-18-3-1 L1


Cam Atkinson notched his first career hat trick and Rick Nash added a pair of goals as Columbus knocked Colorado out of the Western Conference playoff race.

The win came at a price for the Blue Jackets, who lost Nash to an undisclosed injury that kept him out for the entire third period. His status remains uncertain for the Jackets' home finale Saturday against the New York Islanders - possibly his final home game in a Columbus jersey as rumors persist that he'll be traded in the offseason.

With the Avalanche now out of the postseason picture, all 16 playoff participants have been determined with only final placings left to be decided.

After Atkinson and Colorado's David Jones traded goals early in the opening period, Nash put the Blue Jackets back in front with 3:31 remaining. The veteran sniper pounced on a rebound of a Mark Letestu shot and fired it past Avalanche netminder Semyon Varlamov from the side of the net for his 28th goal of the campaign.

Paul Stastny tied the game on an Avalanche power play 2:38 into the middle frame, redirecting a Peter Mueller shot past Columbus goaltender Steve Mason.

Columbus roared back at 6:47 on their own man advantage, as Nash converted a cross-crease pass from Derick Brassard. Atkinson extended the lead at 11:51 on a goal that was originally credited to R.J. Umberger, and he completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal with 1:04 remaining in the game.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Nash is one of only two Columbus players to have appeared in every game this season. Vinny Prospal is the other. ... The Blue Jackets' win was just their fifth in the last 22 visits to Denver. ... Colorado has missed the playoffs four times in six seasons.

Top Game Performances

Columbus   Colorado
Cam Atkinson 3 Points Paul Stastny 2
Cam Atkinson 3 Goals Paul Stastny 1
Darryl Boyce 1 Assists Paul Stastny 1
Rick Nash 1 Power Play Goals Paul Stastny 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Steve Mason .946 Save Percentage Semyon Varlamov .852
Steve Mason 35 Saves Semyon Varlamov 23

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Columbus 28 5 1-3 2-3 25 34
Colorado 37 2 1-3 2-3 15 28

Upcoming Games

  • Colorado will play its next game at home against Nashville. The Avalanche have a W/L % of .524 after a win and .487 after a loss.
  • Columbus will play its next game at home against NY Islanders. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .250 after a win and .396 after a loss.
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