This Week in Blue Jackets History: Mar. 2-8
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 March 2-8.
March 2, 2004 – Marc Denis stops all 25 shots he faces as the Blue Jackets go on the road and blank the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0. The shutout is Denis' fourth on the season and second in a month, after holding the eventual Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning goalless in a 2-0 win on January 2. Denis would finish with five shutouts in 2003-04, equaling his franchise record from the previous year. That mark was eventually eclipsed by Pascal Leclaire this season. Leclaire has an NHL-best nine shut-outs with one month remaining in the 2007-08 campaign.
March 4, 2006 – Nikolai Zherdev scores twice in a game against the Los Angeles Kings, eclipsing the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career. Zherdev, who has 24 goals through 68 games this season, reaches the milestone in his 60th game of the year, becoming the eighth different player in Columbus history to reach the 20-goal plateau.
March 5, 2006 – Rick Nash scores the lone goal in the third round of a shootout against Anaheim star netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere, giving the Jackets a 3-2 road win over the Ducks. It's the second shootout game-winning goal of Nash's young career. Strangely enough, just over one year later, on March 14, 2007, Giguere is the victim again in a shootout versus the Blue Jackets. This time, David Vyborny scores the lone goal of the extra-time format, propelling Columbus to a 5-4 in Anaheim.