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Blue Jackets 4, Avalanche 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Blue Jackets 4, Avalanche 2
Columbus Blue Jackets 4, Colorado Avalanche 2

DENVER (AP) -The Columbus Blue Jackets have usually struggled to win in Denver. This one looked pretty easy, though.

Fredrik Norrena had 30 saves, Jason Chimera and Derick Brassard had a goal and an assist each and Columbus got a rare win in Colorado, beating the Avalanche 4-2.

Andrew Murray and Jan Hejda had a goal each and Norrena earned his first win of the season for the Blue Jackets, who ended a three-game losing streak.

"We've played a lot better than our record," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. "This is now four solid games in a row that we've played. The big difference was we got the save at the right time and we got goal scoring from different people."

It came in a building where the Blue Jackets lost their first 10 games and 13 of their first 14. Since joining the NHL at the start of the 2000-01 season, the Blue Jackets are 2-13-0 in Denver. Before Thursday, Columbus' only victory in Colorado was a 3-0 win on Dec. 5, 2006, with Norrena in net.

"I knew I could win here, but I also knew it would take a good performance," said Norrena, who got his first win since March 26 against Chicago. "I'm a different guy leaving the building tonight. The first one is always the hardest."

Norrena made a couple of big saves, including one on Marek Svatos in the second period.

"It was a 1-0 game at that point and if they tie it they're probably going to come really hard at us," Norrena said. "We scored that second goal, and that was really important."

Chimera got that goal, his fourth of the season. He took a pass from Brassard, skated into the Colorado zone and ripped a slapshot over Andrew Raycroft's left shoulder with 11:30 left in the second period.

"It was a turnover in the neutral zone and Brass made a good play to get it to me," Chimera said. "I kind of walked to the top of the circle, I saw the top corner and tried to shoot there. Fortunately, it went in."

Brassard gave the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead with a similar goal just 1:38 into the game, his fourth of the year.

"There were two shots on the top shelf and it's tough for Razor to stop them," Chimera said.

Murray scored his second goal of the season at 13:50 of the second, and Hejda got his first goal 2:58 later to make it 4-0.

Paul Stastny and Tyler Arnason scored power-play goals for the Avalanche, who lost their second straight following a five-game winning streak. Raycroft, who finished with 10 saves, gave up four goals in his first 13 shots before being pulled in favor of Peter Budaj to start the third period.

"He struggled," Avalanche coach Tony Granato said. "He will tell you that he didn't have one of his better games."

It was Raycroft's first start since beating Dallas 5-4 on Oct. 18, but he wasn't using rust as an excuse.

"You have to make a save and when you don't it seems to compound it," he said. "The bottom line is I wasn't good enough."

He didn't get much help from Colorado's struggling offense. A week ago the Avalanche led the NHL in goals per game, but they have since struggled to score. They were shut out in Calgary on Tuesday and until Stastny's goal had scored just once over their past 179:58.

"We're trying to do too much," Stastny said. "We're trying to make the extra pass instead of putting the puck on net, go for the rebound and getting the ugly goals. Maybe we've been a little too fancy. When we were winning we got away with so many fancy goals."

Notes: Chimera's goal was his 50th with Columbus. ... Hejda's goal was his first in his past 115 games. ... Colorado outshot Columbus 14-3 in the third period. Avalanche D Scott Hannan played in his 600th career game Thursday. ... Colorado is 23-4-1-1 against Columbus.

scoring summary
1st Period
Derick Brassard (4) ASST: R.J. Umberger (3), Mike Commodore (4)
1 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
Jason Chimera (4) ASST: Derick Brassard (5)
2 - 0 CBJ
Andrew Murray (2) ASST: Derek Dorsett (1), Marc Methot (2)
3 - 0 CBJ
Jan Hejda (1) ASST: Jason Chimera (5), Michael Peca (2)
4 - 0 CBJ
PPG - Paul Stastny (3) ASST: Joe Sakic (8), Milan Hejduk (4)
4 - 1 CBJ
3rd Period
PPG - Tyler Arnason (2) ASST: Wojtek Wolski (6), Marek Svatos (4)
4 - 2 CBJ
Power Play Stats
Power Plays0/02/4
Power Play %21.7%15.0%
% on Road21.5%17.4%
% at Home22.0%12.7%
League Rank5th29th
penalty summary
1st Period
Darcy Tucker  Fighting (maj) against  Derek Dorsett
Derek Dorsett  Fighting (maj) against  Darcy Tucker
Rick Nash  Interference against  Paul Stastny
2nd Period
Jared Boll  Fighting (maj) against  Ian Laperriere
Ian Laperriere  Fighting (maj) against  Jared Boll
Christian Backman  Cross checking against  Darcy Tucker
Derek Dorsett  Holding the stick against  Milan Hejduk
3rd Period
Cody McLeod  Fighting (maj) against  Jared Boll
Jared Boll  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McLeod
Jared Boll  Instigator against  Cody McLeod
Jared Boll  Game misconduct
goalie stats
Fredrik Norrena
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 25 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .938SH: 0 - 0
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 14TOI: 40:00
Saves: 10EV: 10 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .714SH: 0 - 0
Peter Budaj
SA: 3TOI: 18:42
Saves: 3EV: 3 - 3
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0