NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Columbus
(Saturday, February 28th)
Final Score: Columbus 5, Colorado 4 (OT)
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Jaroslav Spacek scored a power-play goal with 1:36 remaining in overtime, lifting the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche at Nationwide Arena.
David Vyborny had a goal and four assists for a career-high five points as the Blue Jackets posted their first-ever win versus Colorado (1-13-1). Geoff Sanderson, Nikolai Zherdev and Manny Malhotra also scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won two straight overall.
"They dominated the last 3 1/2 seasons and we were getting tired of that," Columbus coach Gerard Gallant said after the game. "We know they are a great hockey team. They've got superstars over there. So we've got to work hard and compete hard."
Marc Denis turned aside 32 of the 36 shots he faced for the win. He also made four saves in the extra period.
Alex Tanguay had a goal and three assists and Milan Hejduk added a goal and two assists for the Avalanche, who are winless in their last three games (0-1-1-1). Joe Sakic had a goal and an assist and John-Michael Liles scored for Colorado.
Philippe Sauve was peppered with 44 shots and stopped 39 of them in the loss.
Columbus was awarded an extra skater late in overtime. The Blue Jackets worked the puck around the point and Andrew Cassels sent a nice pass into the slot for Spacek. Spacek then one-timed the disc high into the net to end the game.
"This is a huge win for us," Spacek said after the game. "It was very tough."
The Blue Jackets have won four of their last six games at Nationwide Arena and improved to 7-3-1-1 in their last 12 as the host.
Sakic opened the scoring with 6:56 remaining in the first period to give Colorado a 1-0 lead. Tanguay sent a cross-ice feed to Sakic, whose wrist shot from the left circle beat Denis high to the stick side.
The Avalanche grabbed a 2-0 lead on Liles' tally with 3:24 remaining in the period. Denis turned aside a point shot but the puck trickled out to the slot, where Liles one-timed it past the goaltender.
Colorado was awarded a penalty shot at the 9:33 mark of the second period and Paul Kariya took the challenge. Kariya skated in on Denis and tried beating him stick side, but the goaltender made an easy stop.
"Marc Denis made big stops for us," Spacek added. "He played hard."
The Blue Jackets later scored a pair of goals 25 seconds apart late in the second period to even the score.
Vyborny got Columbus on the board at the 14:59 mark with a power-play goal. He was surrounded by three Colorado defenders during a goal-mouth scramble and whacked the loose puck through Sauve's legs.
Columbus then tied the game 25 seconds later on Sanderson's goal. Vyborny head-manned the puck to an onrushing Sanderson, who snapped the puck just inside the left post for the equalizer at 15:24.
The Blue Jackets then took a 3-2 lead on Zherdev's power-play goal with 49.8 seconds remaining in the stanza. Cassels sent a pass through the crease and Zherdev whacked the feed into the net for his first goal in 16 games.
Tanguay scored 6:15 into the third period to tie the game at three apiece. He one-timed a Sakic saucer pass past Denis glove side.
Columbus, however, took back the lead at 4-3 on Malhotra's goal at the 14:23 mark of the third. Malhotra beat Sauve for his 11th goal of the season.
Then, with 2:21 left in regulation, Hejduk notched his 30th goal to knot the score again. A shot ripped off the crossbar before Hejduk corralled the rebound and lifted it into the open net.
Columbus went 3-for-7 on the power play, while the Avs cashed in once on five chances with the man advantage...Colorado is 1-4-1-1 in its last seven games...Colorado center Riku Hahl left the game in the first period with a shoulder injury...Vyborny's five points tied a team record set by Sanderson back on March 29, 2003...The Avs are 8-1-2-2 in their last 13 road games.
02/28 23:24:27 ET