This Week in Blue Jackets History: Jan. 6-12
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 January 6-12.
January 8, 2003 – The Blue Jackets defeat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 at the Xcel Energy Center thanks to rugged winger Grant Marshall's game-winning goal against Dwayne Roloson. Two nights later, Columbus beats the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 and follows that up with a 7-2 pounding of the Calgary Flames the following evening. The victories over the Northwest teams, in a span of just four days, marks the first time in franchise history that the Jackets manufacture a three-game winning streak away from Nationwide Arena.
January 8, 2006 – Bryan Berard scores three times in a 5-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes, registering the first hat trick of his career. All three of Berard's goals come on the man advantage, establishing another record for most power-play markers by a Jackets' player in a single game. The trick is the 10th in franchise history and only the second ever by a Columbus defenseman, equaling Deron Quint, who buried three goals in a wild 7-6 win over the Florida Panthers on March 9, 2001.
January 11, 2006 – Jaroslav Balastik tallies twice, David Vyborny notches the winner and Rick Nash scores the fastest ever goal in team history as the Jackets skate to an impressive 6-1 home win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. In addition to Nash’s record-setting marker just 10 seconds after the opening faceoff, the five-goal spread equals the highest ever winning margin by a Columbus team, which was accomplished three times prior to the victory over the Pens. The first occasion comes exactly three years to the day earlier in the 7-2 road win over Calgary (a game that also sees the Jackets tie the team record for most goals scored). The other two come by way of shutout, as Columbus blanks Minnesota (5-0 on March 15, 2003) and the New York Rangers (5-0 on October 11, 2003).