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 November 4-10.
November 5, 2002 – Veteran sniper Geoff Sanderson scores Columbus's opening goal against the Washington Capitals beginning the franchise's best ever run for goals scored in consecutive games. Sanderson scores in the next six outings, setting the Blue Jackets team record at seven straight games with a goal (eight goals in total).
November 7, 2003 – The Blue Jackets prove tough to beat on this night as they tie the franchise mark for fewest shots allowed in a game. Atlanta musters just 14 shots on goal against an air-tight D as they go down 4-2 to Columbus. The game also features the first hat-trick of David Vyborny's NHL career. The diminutive winger from Jihlava in the Czech Republic beats Byron Dafoe twice and finishes off his big night with an empty netter to ice the game for Columbus.
November 9, 2002 – Tempers flare at Nationwide Arena on this night as the Jackets and New York Rangers set a few records for penalty minutes in a feisty third period. Columbus racks up 48 minutes on six separate penalties, the most ever by the team in 20 minutes of play, while New York is whistled for 14 penalties, for 74 minutes, also a record for Jackets' opponents in a single period. When the smoke clears, Columbus earns a 6-3 win. The game is also significant on another front. First-year man Rick Nash notches the first multi-goal game of his NHL career, en route to earning the league's Rookie of the Month honors (4-5-9 in 14 games throughout November).