BlueJackets.com and Jackets TV asked fans in June to vote for the Greatest Goal in CBJ History. The choices were: Matt Calvert vs. Phoenix in 2011, Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre at New Jersey in 2002, Manny Malhtora vs. St. Louis in 2004, Rick Nash at Phoenix in 2008, Rick Nash vs. St. Louis in 2007 and Nikoali Zherdev at Chicago in 2007 . Your votes have been counted and the final results are:
WINNER: Jan. 17, 2008 – "The Goal" by Rick Nash at Phoenix (69.0% of the vote)
Rick Nash takes an outlet pass from Michael Peca and then dances and drags the puck past two Coyote defenders and through the goaltender. He despoits it in the net for one of the best goals in CBJ history.
Feb. 28, 2004 – Manny Malhotra vs. St. Louis - 9.0%
There have been many impersonations of Bobby Orr on the ice, but this one ranks up there as one of the best. Manny Malhotra shoots the puck in on Chris Osgood, beats both defenders to the front of the net, and while flying through the air bats in his own rebound for a Orr-esque goal.
Feb. 25, 2011 – Matt Calvert vs. Phoenix - 9.0%
Matt Calvert showing off his great hand-eye coordination when he bats the puck out of mid-air past Ilya Bryzgalov for his second goal of the night. Calvert would add another for his first career hat trick, but none better than the baseball bat whack into the back of the net.
Oct. 25, 2004 – Rick Nash vs. St. Louis- 7.5%
Ron Hainsey hits a slap shot from the point, the puck bounces off the boards and Rick Nash is there to corral it. In one motion, he gets the puck on his sticks, puts it between his legs and then roofs a shot on Hannu Toivonen.
Jan. 5, 2007 – Nikolai Zherdev at Chicago - 5.0%
The rush up the ice looked like a normal play out from behind your own net until NIkolai Zherdev sped past two defenders, then a third, then four and five. Add in a couple of fancy moves and Zherdev makes a memorable moment in Jackets history with his coast to coast rush up the ice.
Oct. 12, 2002 – Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre at New Jersey- 0.5%
In a four-on-four situation Grand-Pierre decided to take it upon himself and rushed up the ice, past both forwards, splitting the two defensemen and then roofing a shot on Martin Brodeur.
Each month, Jackets.com and Jackets TV will let fans vote on the greatest moments in the 10 seasons of Columbus Blue Jackets hockey. Here is out it works.
•During the first week of each month, that month’s category will be revealed via the club’s Twitter and Facebook pages. Fans will be asked to email their suggestions to contest@BlueJackets.com. Five finalists will be selected.
•Voting will begin mid-month and conclude at the end of the month. Every person who votes will be eligible to win a Blue Jackets prize. The winner will be selected at random.
Thanks to everyone who voted and congratulations to Austin Hossfeld of Columbus who was the winner of a Blue Jackets Third Jersey.