NHL Game Summary - Washington at Columbus
(Saturday, November 29th)
Final Score: Columbus 3, Washington 0
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Rick Nash scored twice and rookie netminder Steve Mason stopped all 26 shots he faced to record his second career shutout, as the Columbus Blue Jackets blanked the Washington Capitals, 3-0, at Nationwide Arena.
Raffi Torres also tallied for Columbus, which won for just the second time in its last six games.
"The guys made it really easy to play tonight," Mason said. "They were making sure that the lanes were open so I could see the shot from the point."
Brent Johnson made 28 saves for the Capitals, who had a two-game winning streak snapped and lost for the fourth time in their last six outings.
"We pulled out all the stops, we shot it everywhere on him and he came up with some big saves," Johnson said of his counterpart. "It's about getting bodies in front of him. If he sees the puck, he is going to stop it."
Alexander Ovechkin's 10-game point streak was laid to rest. He had 11 goals and 11 assists over that span.
Torres' first marker in a Columbus uniform opened the scoring at the 8:01 mark of the first period. Marc Methot let fly a shot from the right point that hit Fredrik Modin's skate down low and caromed to Torres, who banged it home. The Blue Jackets acquired Torres over the summer in exchange for disappointing youngster Gilbert Brule, the sixth overall pick in the 2005 draft.
Columbus grabbed a 2-0 lead with 5:16 remaining in the middle stanza. R.J. Umberger advanced along the right boards and made a drop pass to Nash. The Columbus captain moved into the faceoff circle before firing a wrister that sailed over Johnson's left shoulder.
Nash gave the Blue Jackets a three-goal cushion with 6:23 remaining in the third period. While killing a penalty, Nash broke in alone and went to the backhand, beating Johnson between the pads.
Nash leads the Blue Jackets in goals (12) and points (21)...Johnson entered Saturday with a 9-1-0 record and two ties, a 1.96 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in 12 career games versus Columbus...Washington has lost four straight on the road...Columbus snapped a three-game losing streak at home.
11/29 22:58:08 ET