This Week in Blue Jackets History: January 13-19
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 13-19.
January 13, 1997 – The wheels for brining an NHL franchise to Ohio are officially in motion as Columbus Hockey Limited makes a formal presentation to the league in New York City. Six months later, on June 25, the good news arrives – Columbus joins Nashville, Atlanta and St. Paul, Minnesota as the latest crop of cities to showcase the NHL.
January 14, 2006 – Goaltenders never shy away from plenty of action but Pascal Leclaire may have gotten a little more work than even he expected on this night. "Pazzy" turns away an amazing 48 of 52 shots in a memorable 5-4 overtime win on the road against the Florida Panthers. The 52 shots establishes a franchise high for the most rubber ever seen by a Columbus goalie, while Leclaire's 48 saves equals the team record set by Marc Denis on February 14, 2004, when the former Blue Jacket kicked out that same number on 50 shots in a 2-1 OT loss against San Jose.
January 15, 2001 – The Jackets begin their rivalry with expansion cousin Minnesota in perfect fashion. In the first ever meeting between the two clubs in their inaugural NHL season, Geoff Sanderson scores twice, including the game-winner, and goalie Ron Tugnutt saves all 31 shots he faces as Columbus earns a 3-0 win at Nationwide Arena. The shutout apparently starts a trend in games with the Wild – in the franchise's 13 all-time victories over Minnesota, five have been shutouts, including a 4-0 road win a couple months back on November 23, 2007.