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NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Columbus

(Wednesday, December 12th)

Final Score: Columbus 4, Colorado 1

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Jared Boll's second-period goal proved to be the game-winner, as Columbus defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 4-1, at Nationwide Arena.

Manny Malhotra, Kris Beech and Sergei Fedorov each scored for the Blue Jackets, who halted a two-game slide. Fredrik Norrena allowed one goal on 16 shots to earn the win.

"He was our best player," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said, referring to Norrena. "He was solid and made two big saves in the third period when we needed it. If he plays like this, he deserves more starts."

Ben Guite tallied for Colorado, which had a two-game winning streak snapped. Jose Theodore got the loss after yielding three goals on 15 shots.

"We didn't generate enough chances tonight," said Colorado coach Joel Quenneville. "Normally we generate a few more than that. They (Columbus) check well, they check hard. They played a strong defensive game."

A costly giveaway by Colorado rookie center T.J. Hensick deep in the defensive zone resulted in a 1-0 lead for the Blue Jackets. Dan Fritsche walked out of the right corner and centered the puck to Malhotra, who lifted it past the glove of Theodore at 10:21 of the first.

Guite lit the lamp in the early moments of the middle stanza to knot the game at one. John-Michael Liles' shot from the right point nailed Guite, who was parked in front of Norrena. Andrew Brunette collected the puck and dished quickly to Guite, who deposited it in the back of the net.

Boll put Columbus back on top, 2-1, with 8:28 remaining in the second. Curtis Glencross dropped the puck to Boll and, from above the circles, Boll fired a low shot that deflected off the shin pad of Avalanche defenseman Scott Hannan and past a surprised Theodore. It turned out to be the lone shot of the period for Columbus.

Beech backhanded the puck from the left circle through the five-hole of Theodore, who was screened on the play, extending the Blue Jackets lead to 3-1 with 5:18 left in the third.

Fedorov iced the game with an empty-net goal in the final minute.

Game Notes

Hitchcock earned his 450th career win in his 850th career game...The teams combined for 32 shots, the fewest in a game in the Blue Jackets' history...Columbus finished a five-game homestand with a mark of 2-1-2...Columbus' Nikolai Zherdev had a five-game goal-scoring streak come to an end...Colorado has lost two straight to the Blue Jackets for the first time, but still own a 22-4-1 record against Columbus...Colorado captain Joe Sakic missed his sixth consecutive game with a groin injury...Colorado's Milan Hejduk had a seven-game point streak snapped...Columbus travels to Boston on Saturday, while Colorado visits Nashville on Thursday.

12/12 23:40:38 ET

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