COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire has been named the NHL’s Second Star for the month of October, the club and league announced today. He becomes the first Blue Jackets player to be named a NHL player of the month. Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg was named First Star of the month, while Calgary’s Jarome Iginla was named Third Star.
Leclaire, who turns 25 on Nov. 7, was among the NHL’s top goaltenders in October, posting a 6-2-0 record with a 1.25 goals-against average, .950 save percentage and four shutouts in eight games. He led all backstops in shutouts and goals-against average, was among the league leaders in wins (3rd-T) and save percentage (2nd). His shutouts included a 36-save effort vs. St. Louis on Oct. 25 and 32 saves vs. Phoenix on Oct. 10, as well as a 28-save outing vs. Anaheim on Oct. 5 and his first career road shutout at Buffalo on Oct. 19 (21 saves). Prior to the season, he had one shutout in 59 career NHL games.
Leclaire is playing in his third season with Columbus and has gone 23-34-5 with 2.89 goals-against average, .910 save percentage and five shutouts in 67 career games. The Blue Jackets’ first pick, eighth overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft, set the franchise record for longest shutout streak, going 156:29 without allowing a goal from Feb. 18-Oct. 13, 2007.
The Blue Jackets return to action on tonight when they visit the Anaheim Ducks. Game time is set for 10 p.m. ET, with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 9:30 p.m. Columbus returns home Sunday to host Central Division rival St. Louis at Nationwide Arena. Game time is set for 5 p.m. ET. Both games will also broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.
Tickets are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FSN Ohio Blue Line Team Store locations at The Chiller Easton, Chiller Dublin, Chiller North and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, as well as all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase by phone at (614) 431-3600 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and ticketmaster.com. For information on season and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.
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