This Week in Blue Jackets History: Jan. 27-Feb. 2
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 21-27.
January 28, 2006 – David Vyborny bags a pair of goals, including the game winner, in a big 4-3 win over Central Division rival Nashville. The W marks the third straight for the Jackets and also caps an impressive stretch for the diminutive Czech forward – in the three games, he scores the two goals and adds five assists for seven total points and NHL Player of the Week honors. It's the second time in his career that Vyborny gets the nod for the weekly award (February 23-29, 2004, three goals, six assists).
January 30, 2007 – Columbus unearths a new weapon for the shootout format. Nikolai Zherdev scores the first SO game-winning goal of his young career as he helps bury the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 with a third-round knockout punch. Zherdev does it against the best in the business, by the way, beating Roberto Luongo. The Russian phenom just recently added his second career SO game winner when he beat the Preds' Chris Mason in a 2-1 win over Nashville on January 12, 2008 at Nationwide Arena.
January 31, 2004 – The Jackets rack up some points in the standings thanks to a fairly unlikely source. Defenseman Anders Eriksson scores the overtime winner in a big 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. In the Jackets' next game, on February 2 in Phoenix, Eriksson strikes again, scoring twice in a 3-3 draw, including the game-tying goal that earns Columbus three of four points. The D-man would finish the 2003-04 season with seven goals in 66 games.
February 2, 2002 – Espen Knutsen proudly represents the franchise as the first All-Star in Columbus history. The skilled Jackets forward, who is also the first All-Star participant ever from Norway, scores a goal and adds an assist to help the World team defeat the North American squad 8-5 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Exactly one year later, Ray Whitney becomes the second Columbus player to skate in the mid-season exhibition.