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NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Columbus

(Tuesday, March 28th)

Final Score: Columbus 4, San Jose 1

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Rick Nash scored two goals to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets over the San Jose Sharks, 4-1, at Nationwide Arena.

Mark Hartigan tallied his second goal of the season and Marc Denis made 28 saves for Columbus, which has won three straight games. Manny Malhotra notched an empty-net goal for the Blue Jackets.

Steve Bernier registered the Sharks' only goal and Vesa Toskala stopped 19 shots for San Jose, which had a two-game winning streak snapped.

San Jose stayed in ninth place with 82 points - two points behind the Canucks and Oilers, who are tied for seventh in the Western Conference. The Sharks also have a one-point lead over 10th-place Los Angeles. Edmonton lost to Minnesota on Tuesday, while Los Angeles and Vancouver are idle.

San Jose drew first blood 8:54 into the opening frame when Bernier gathered a turnover and beat Denis through the five-hole with a slap shot from the slot for a 1-0 lead.

Columbus netted the equalizer with 1:02 remaining in the second period as Nash controlled a rebound on the doorstep and swept a backhand past a sprawling Toskala to make it 1-1.

The Blue Jackets scored three third-period goals to seal the win.

Nash tallied his 24th goal of the season while on the power play just 5:37 into the final frame to give Columbus a 2-1 lead. Exactly a minute later, Hartigan, who was camped below the right circle, deflected a shot from the right point past Toskala for a 3-1 advantage.

San Jose pulled Toskala with well over a minute left in the contest but Malhotra scored in the empty net from along the left half wall to seal the win for the Blue Jackets.

Game Notes

San Jose will face the Canucks and Kings twice more, including a home-and-home series with Vancouver on April 12-13 and a season-finale meeting with the Kings at home...San Jose fell to 14-5-1 all time against the Blue Jackets with all five losses coming in Columbus...San Jose is 2-2 against Columbus this season...Malhotra has scored a goal in three straight games...San Jose was 0- for-5 on the power play, while Columbus finished 1-for-2.

03/28 23:44:03 ET

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