This Week in Blue Jackets History: Dec. 30 - Jan. 5
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 December 30 - January 5.
December 31, 2006 – Rick Nash scores the game-winner on home ice in a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Nash's deciding goal is the first of four GWGs in an injury-shortened season in which former No. 1 overall draft choice tallies 31 times in 54 games. The marker also helps Columbus to its third straight win of the season over the Central Division rival Hawks.
January 2, 2004 – One day after taking over behind the bench in Columbus, Gerard Gallant earns the first win of his NHL coaching career. Marc Denis posts a shutout and D-man Rostislav Klesla scores the winner as the Jackets blank the Tamp Bay Lightning 2-0 in Florida. Gallant has his "interim" tag removed later in the summer and leads Columbus to 35 wins in the 2005-06 season, which marks the highest victory total in a single season since the team's inception.
January 5, 2007 – Rostislav Klesla scores twice and Manny Malhotra bags the game-winning goal in the Jackets' 4-3 road win over the eventual Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks. The two-goal effort by Klesla marks the second time in his career that he's buried more than one in a game. His first ever two-goal game came earlier in the 2006-07 season, in a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues (November 9, 2006). The Novy Jicin, Czech Republic native goes on to finish the year with a career-high nine goals.