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Nash's Game Winner Gives Columbus A Fourth Straight Home Win
Nash Extends His Point Streak To Nine Games

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
(AP) -- Rick Nash's breakaway goal late in the third period lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Monday night.

Marcel Hossa, who was benched for the Rangers' previous six games, tied it 6:56 into the third with his second goal of the game. But New York its second straight following a seven-game point streak.

Jason Chimera, David Vyborny and Jody Shelley scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won four of five and are 7-3-1 in their last 11 games -- the team's best stretch of the season.

Columbus, which entered as the NHL's lowest-scoring club, has netted 22 goals in five games.

Jason Ward also scored and Dominic Moore had three assists for New York. Jaromir Jagr, the league's leading scorer with 69 points, was held pointless on three shots for the Rangers.

Nash took a pass down the right wing from Nikolai Zherdev, beat defenseman Thomas Pock at the blue line and stick-handled around goaltender Kevin Weekes to score with 6:38 remaining.

Nash has nine goals and seven assists in a season-high, nine-game point streak. He has scored all 12 of his goals in 15 games since returning from a knee injury.

Hossa, who hadn't played since Dec. 31, made it 3-3 with a wrist shot through traffic from the edge of the left circle for his seventh goal of the season.

The teams combined for five goals on 21 shots in a back-and-forth first period.

Hossa started the scoring at 3:30, stuffing home a rebound off Moore's shot from the right corner past goaltender Marc Denis.

Chimera tied it just over a minute later, charging down the left wing on a 2-on-1 rush and beating Weekes between the legs, while dislodging the net. The goal stood up through a video review and Denis earned his first assist of the season.

Vyborny scored his fifth goal in four games at 7:27 for a 2-1 Columbus lead. Jan Hrdina centered the puck from behind the net and Vyborny beat Weekes with a one-timed shot from just outside the crease.

The Blue Jackets scored again 2 minutes later to make it 3-1.

On a counterattack, defenseman Ron Hainsey pulled up inside the blue line along the right boards and feathered a pass to a streaking Shelley, who redirected the puck past Weekes. The goal was Shelley's first since the third game of the season.

Ward pulled the Rangers to within one at 14:48, redirecting Moore's centering pass from the left corner.

Nash Extends His Point Streak To Nine Games
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