NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Columbus
(Friday, November 12th)
Final Score: Colorado 5, Columbus 1
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Greg Mauldin's first career goal was the go- ahead tally in Colorado's 5-1 come-from-behind win over Columbus at Nationwide Arena.
David Jones tallied twice and added an assist while Paul Stastny and Philippe Dupuis also lit the lamp for the Avalanche, who have won four of their last six games.
Peter Budaj made 28 saves to earn the win for the visitors, who have taken the first two meetings of the four-game season series.
"I thought it was a good game," Colorado head coach Joe Sacco said. "I thought we started on time. I thought we came out ready to play. I thought we showed those guys we were ready to play and it made a difference in the game."
Antoine Vermette notched the only goal for the Blue Jackets, who had won three of four entering the contest. Steve Mason stopped 24 shots in defeat.
Columbus started the scoring 4:15 into the game but couldn't solve Budaj for the remaining 55-plus minutes.
R.J. Umberger spun away from Ryan O'Byrne behind the net and found Nikita Filatov at bottom of right circle. Filatov sent a cross-ice pass to a charging Vermette, who stashed it past Budaj from the left doorstep.
The Avs responded just under two minutes later when Milan Hejduk came out of right corner and hit the post with a wrist shot. The puck was corralled by Jones, who lifted it over Mason from just outside the crease.
The Avalanche netted three goals in the second half of the middle period to grab the lead for good.
While the Jackets were on the power play, a Jacob Voracek slapper went wide of the net and caromed all the way out to center ice where it was picked up in flight by Jones, who broke in down the left side on a 2-on-1. He made a perfect cross-ice pass to a streaking Mauldin, who snapped a one-timer past the glove of Mason to put the visitors ahead at the 10:57 mark.
John-Michael Liles carried down the left side and from below the goal line threw the puck toward the net where Dupuis, sandwiched between two defenders, was able to deflect it past Mason at 17:12.
Stastny took a feed from Chris Stewart and one-timed a shot from the slot past Mason with just nine seconds left in the middle period to extend the Avs' lead to 4-1.
"I thought the first period started slow and we weren't moving our feet," Blue Jackets' head coach Scott Arniel lamented. "In the second period we dominated them up until that (shorthanded) goal. We gamble and we get caught in a two- on-one that we didn't play very well. There's something here, mental against this team, you could see it out there again and we saw it in Colorado."
Jones completed the scoring with a wrister from the right circle that beat Mason top shelf to the far side with 2:08 left in the game.
Hejduk had a pair of helpers for the Avs, who started a stretch of six games in nine days on Friday...Colorado claimed the first matchup by the same 5-1 count on October 30 in Denver...Columbus center Derick Brassard had his career-high eight-game point streak snapped...Mason is 2-5-0 in seven games against Colorado...Blue Jackets winger Rick Nash, who set the team record with points in nine straight games during the 2005-06 campaign, was scratched from Friday's lineup...Columbus is 7-1-0 when scoring the first goal of the game.
11/12 22:44:17 ET