Nash & Mason Lead Blue Jackets Past Stars 4-1
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DALLAS (AP) — Rick Nash scored twice, Steve Mason made 36 saves, and the Columbus Blue Jackets registered their first regulation road win of the season, 4-1 over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.
Antoine Vermette added a goal, and John Moore contributed two assists for the Blue Jackets, who had been 3-12-2 on the road. All three victories had come in overtime or shootout.
Fedor Tyutin’s empty-net goal with 2 seconds left clinched the victory for the Jackets, who have an NHL-worst 25 points.
Vernon Fiddler had a goal for Dallas, and Kari Lehtonen stopped 25 shots in his return from a 12-game absence while recovering from a groin injury.
Nash got the Blue Jackets off to a fast start when he popped a loose puck past an out-of-position Lehtonen and into an open net at 3:50 of the first period.
Fiddler tied it at 8:57, striking off a scramble in front of the net after Mason fumbled the puck while making the initial stop.
Vermette sent a rebound past Lehtonen at 2:10 of the second to put Columbus in front 2-1.
Nash notched his team-high 12th goal on a snap shot from the slot at 6:09 of the third. Nash has 17 goals in 32 games against Dallas.
NOTES: Columbus D James Wisniewski was hit in the left ankle by a Dallas shot in the second period and didn’t return. … Dallas LW Brenden Morrow was knocked out of the game early in the third period by an undisclosed lower body injury. … D Sheldon Souray (ankle), F Tomas Vincour (knee) and D Stephane Robidas (foot) sat out for the Stars. … G Curtis Sanford (hip, back), LW Kristian Huselius (lower body) and D Radek Martinek (concussion) missed the game for Columbus. … The Blue Jackets opened a stretch of five of six games on the road. … Rookie Richard Bachman was 5-2 while subbing for Lehtonen after veteran backup Andrew Raycroft went 2-8. Bachman became the backup when Raycroft was assigned to the Texas Stars of the AHL on Thursday after clearing NHL waivers.
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