BlueJackets.com and Jackets TV asked fans in July to vote for the Greatest Individual Performance in CBJ History. The choices were: Espen Knutsen vs. Calgary in 2001, Geoff Sanderson vs. Calgary in 2003, Steve Mason at Washington in 2009, Rick Nash vs. Detroit in (Jan.) 2009, Rick Nash at Detroit in (Mar.) 2009. Your votes have been counted and the final results are:
WINNER: Jan. 27, 2009 – Rick Nash vs. Detroit (38.1% of the vote)
Rick Nash nets a natural hat trick and scores in all situations in a 3-2 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings. Nash first scored on a shorthanded breakaway at 11:05 of the second period to knot the game at 1. After the Red Wings went back ahead 2-1, Nash struck on the power play this time against goaltender Chris Osgood to tie it 2-2. The game went to overtime, where Nash cleaned up a rebound in front of the net at even-strength to send a Nationwide Arena crowd home happy and complete the hat trick.
Mar. 7, 2009 – Rick Nash at Detroit - 30.6%
Rick Nash strikes against the Red Wings again, this time a hat trick in Detroit in an 8-2 Blue Jackets win. Nash scores all three goals unassisted in a game that holds the team record for most goals. Nash scored his first of the night shorthanded at 15:40 of the second period for a 4-0 lead, then added another just 15 seconds into the third to take it to 5-1. He capped the scoring at 12:16 of the third period for his fourth career hat trick.
Jan. 9, 2009 – Steve Mason at Washington - 18.1%
Steve Mason makes 45 saves in a 3-0 shutout of the Washington Capitals. Suffering from upper-body muscle spasms before the game, Mason overcame the soreness to post his sixth shutout of his rookie season. He stopped 12 shots by the Capitals' Alexander Ovechkin, 6 by Nicklas Backstrom and 5 by Brooks Laich en route to the win.
Mar. 29, 2003 – Geoff Sanderson vs. Calgary- 7.0%
Geoff Sanderson finds the back on the net four times, also in a 6-4 over the Calgary Flames. Sanderson scored a natural hat trick in the second period to bring the Blue Jackets back from a 3-2 deficit and give them a 5-3 lead with 3 minutes and 57 seconds remaining in the period. The Flames pulled the game back to within one goal at 17:56 of the third before Sanderson iced the game with an empty-netter to cap his four-goal performance.
Mar. 24, 2001 – Espen Knutsen vs. Calgary - 6.2%
Espen Knutsen records a team-record five assists in a 6-4 win over the Calgary Flames at Nationwide Arena. Knutsen assisted on the first five Blue Jackets goals that evening against the Flames, including two by defenseman Jamie Heward. Knutsen drew the primary assist on three of the goals and his five points tie him for the team record for most points in a game with three other players.
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 Jay Patel of Grove City who was the winner of a Blue Jackets jersey.