COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Rick Nash has been named the National Hockey League's Third Star for the week of Mar. 2-8, 2009, the club and league announced March 9. Nash tallied four goals and two assists for six points with 11 shots on goal, was +4 and collected his fourth career hat trick in leading the Blue Jackets to a 2-1-0 record last week. In addition to Nash, Carolina center Eric Staal and Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury were named first and second star, respectively.
Nash collected two assists, including one on the third period game-winning goal, and fired off three shots in a 5-4 win over Los Angeles on Mar. 3. Two nights later, he scored a goal and registered four shots in a 4-2 loss at Nashville. On Mar. 7, he collected his fourth career hat trick – and second of the season vs. the Red Wings – fired off four shots and was +3 in an 8-2 win at Detroit. All three goals he scored were unassisted, as he became the first player since Maurice "Rocket" Richard on Mar. 14, 1948 to record an "unassisted" hat trick. For the season, he has tallied 31-33-64 and is +9 in 62 games.
The Blue Jackets return to action Tuesday when they face the Eastern Conference leading Boston Bruins. Face-off at Nationwide Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game also will be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM/Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM/CD101 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for 2008-09 regular season home games are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, The Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. Season tickets for 2009-10 begin at $18 per game and are on sale now. For information on group tickets, 2009-10 season tickets and mini-plans, call (614) 246-PUCK or 800-NHL-COLS.