This Week in Blue Jackets History: Feb. 24-Mar. 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 February 24-March 1.
February 24, 2007 – While the Jackets usually rely on a solid penalty kill to keep the puck out of their net, on this night, the gritty special teams unit adds to the score sheet. Columbus scores two shorthanded goals in a game for the first time in franchise history, erasing a 2-0 deficit against the New York Rangers en route to a 3-2 win in storied Madison Square Garden. Jason Chimera knots the game at 2-2 with a shorty at 11:02 of the second period and just 4:52 later, Rick Nash repeats the feat on the penalty kill, providing the game winner in a memorable Jackets comeback.
February 28, 2004 – David Vyborny explodes on offense, becoming the fourth player in team history to register a five-point night. Vyborny scores a goal and registers four assists, as he plays a part in all five Columbus goals during a 5-4 OT win over the Colorado Avalanche at Nationwide Arena. With multi-point games in each of the two previous efforts, Vyborny also establishes a franchise mark for the most points in two consecutive games (seven) and the most points in three consecutive games (nine). His five points against the Avs is the most prolific night ever by a Columbus player, equaling Geoff Sanderson (4-1-5, March 29, 2003), Andrew Cassels 1-4-5, also on March 29, 2003) and Espen Knutsen (0-5-5, March 24, 2001). Columbus is undefeated on nights in which a player produces five points.
March 1, 2001 – Steve Heinze becomes the second Jacket in Columbus' inaugural season to register 20 goals on the year. "57" scores twice in a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators to push him to 20 goals on the campaign. Heinze would add two more goals in his next three games with Columbuis before being traded to the Buffalo Sabres, eventually finishing the year with 27. Geoff Sanderson was actually the first Columbus player to rack up 20 in a campaign. He scored his 20th less than two weeks earlier on January 21, in a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Sanderson finishes the Jackets' first season with 30 goals.