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Rick Nash has goal, assist in Columbus' 2-0 win over Atlanta

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ATLANTA - Rick Nash extended his goal streak to five games, knocking in a backhander in the first period that helped the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 2-0 victory over the sluggish Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night.

Nash scored his 10th goal of the season and was credited with his ninth assist when R.J. Umberger added his eighth, an empty-netter, with 1:18 remaining. He has 12 points in the last nine games.

The Blue Jackets, coming off a 7-2 home loss to Edmonton on Tuesday, won for the first time in three games but are 5-2-1 in its last eight.

Atlanta, which managed only 15 shots, has lost three straight after a five-game winning streak.

Outshot by a combined 72-29 in the first and second periods of the last three games, the Thrashers made it an easy night for Blue Jackets rookie Steve Mason, made six saves in the third.

Columbus' Raffi Torres, who missed the first 11 games due to knee and shoulder injuries, had his first goal of the season voided when replay disallowed his tally 5:06 into the second period.

Mason improved to 4-1-1 as Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock rested Pascal Leclaire after the seven-goal game against Edmonton.

He faced just one shot from Ilya Kovalchuk, who has scored six goals on 51 shots. Kovalchuk is the only NHL player with at least 40 goals in each of the last four seasons.

Atlanta goalie Ondrej Pavelec made 29 saves but fell to 2-2.

The Thrashers found no answers against Columbus' defence. Atlanta bottomed out during a power play that extended into the first 1:02 of the third, a span in which the Blue Jackets outshot the Thrashers 3-0.

Notes: Thrashers C Todd White played 22 shifts. He was helped off the ice Thursday and didn't return after getting checked headfirst into the boards during a 3-2 home loss to Pittsburgh. ... Columbus improved to 9-2 when scoring first. The Blue Jackets are 0-6-3 when opponents score first. ... The fewest shots allowed by the Blue Jackets is 14, set in a loss to Colorado on Jan. 10, 2001, and matched last Jan. 19 in a 3-1 loss at Dallas. ... It marked the fewest shots recorded by Atlanta since March 14, when the Thrashers had 12 in a 4-1 loss at Washington.

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