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This Week in Blue Jackets History: April 6-13

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Every Wednesday, BlueJackets.com will highlight the best games and most memorable moments from the history of the Columbus Blue Jackets. This week we look back at the best from Arpil 6-13.

 

April 8, 2001 – Ron Tugnutt stops 29 of the 32 shots he faces and gets some help from Tyler Wright's overtime winner to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 at Nationwide Arena in the finale of the Jackets' inaugural season. It's Tugger's 22nd win of the year, which establishes a new NHL mark for victories by a goaltender on an expansion team.

April 12, 2002 – For the second straight year, Columbus wins its final game of the year in OT on home ice, a 5-4 thriller over the Atlanta Thrashers. The Jackets' power play clicks on this night, scoring on three of four opportunities, including Jaroslav Spacek's winner in overtime. The crowd of 18,136 marks the 56th consecutive sellout at Nationwide.

April 3, 2004 – Rick Nash scores his 41st goal of the season in a big 4-1 Columbus win over the Detroit Red Wings in Motown. Nash's 41 goals ties him for the league lead with Atlanta sniper Ilya Kovalchuk and Calgary captain Jarome Iginla, resulting in a three-way split of the Rocket Richard Trophy. Nasher, still just 19, becomes the youngest player in NHL history to lead the league in goals.

April 7, 2006 – Nash scores three times in a shootout loss to the Wings for the first hat trick of his young NHL career. The big winger would record his second trick this past season, netting three goals in a 4-2 win over the visiting Edmonton Oilers on December 31, 2007.

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