This Week in Blue Jackets History: Nov. 25 - Dec. 1
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 25-December 1.
November 25, 2003 – Manny Malhotra doesn't take long to prove his worth to his new club. The Mississauga, Ontario-born forward scores his first goal as a Blue Jacket in a 3-3 tie with the Edmonton Oilers at Nationwide Arena just four days after Columbus picked up the former first rounder off waivers.
November 25, 2006 – Fredrik Norrena turns away 33 shots in a 5-3 victory over the Wild to earn his first win in the NHL. The native of Pietarsaari, Finland, who had enjoyed a stellar professional career in both Sweden and Finland prior to joining the Jackets, would go on to record 23 more wins the rest of the campaign, becoming the first ever Columbus goalie to finish a season with a record above .500 (24-23-3).
November 30, 2005 – Jaroslav Balastik beats Minnesota's Manny Fernandez in the third round to notch the Jackets' first ever road win in a shootout (3-2). Pascal Leclaire saves all three Minnesota attempts for his first win in the new format, which just happens to also be the first victory of his NHL career. Just one month earlier, on October 28, Columbus won its first ever game in a shootout on home ice, also against the Wild.