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Columbus Blue Jackets 4, Detroit Red Wings 1 FINAL

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:22 AM

Associated Press

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Columbus Blue Jackets 4, Detroit Red Wings 1 FINAL
Columbus Blue Jackets 4, Detroit Red Wings 1

DETROIT (AP) _ Rick Nash made his final bid for the Maurice ``Rocket'' Richard Trophy.

He broke a 1-1 tie with his league-leading 41st goal, Marc Denis made 32 saves and the Columbus Blue Jackets ended their season with 4-1 victory Saturday night over the Detroit Red Wings.

Nash, tied with Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk for the NHL lead, also had an assist. Trevor Letowski and Anders Eriksson joined Nash with a goal and assist apiece. David Vyborny got the other Columbus goal, and Tyler Wright had two assists.

The NHL's leading goal scorer each season receives the Richard trophy.

``It was great to see him score,'' Columbus coach Gerard Gallant said. ``It would have been really nice on that breakaway (late in the game, when Nash was stopped by Detroit goaltender Manny Legace). He played a real good game and he didn't play a selfish game trying to score goals.''

Nash entered the game tied for the goal-scoring lead with Kovalchuk and Calgary's Jarome Iginla. Kovalchuk scored in Atlanta's 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay. Calgary did not play.

Atlanta's season also is over. Playoff-bound Calgary finishes the regular season Sunday in Anaheim.

``I can't control it, which is kind of nice,'' said Nash, only 19 and in his second NHL season. ``I did my job tonight, I got one. Kovalchuk did his job, he got one. Now it's in Iginla's hand to make the move. If he gets two, he deserves it.''

Steve Thomas scored the only goal for Detroit, which finished the regular season with the NHL's highest point total (109). The Red Wings are assured of home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs.

``You want to go in (to the playoffs) with a nice victory,'' said Detroit defenseman Mathieu Dandenault. ``But it didn't happen that way. I don't think a team like this will put too much into it and just move on.''

Nash broke the tie at 4:07 of the second period, beating Legace from the bottom of the right circle.

``To come out and beat the best team in the league at home the last game, we really leave on a good note,'' Nash said.

Letowski made it 3-1 when he put a shot over Legace from in close at 7:08. Vyborny added his goal with eight seconds remaining in the game.

Eriksson got a power-play goal for Columbus with 6:27 left in the first period, and Thomas tied it for Detroit just 50 seconds later.

``The value of it, I guess, wasn't a whole lot,'' Detroit coach Dave Lewis said. ``But we got through it.''

scoring summary
1st Period
13:33
CBJ
PPG - Anders Eriksson (7) Slapshot - ASST: Trevor Letowski (17), Tyler Wright (8)
1 - 0 CBJ
14:23
DET
Steve Thomas (10) Backhand shot - ASST: Derian Hatcher (4), Brett Hull (43)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
04:07
CBJ
Rick Nash (41) Snap shot - ASST: Nikolay Zherdev (21)
2 - 1 CBJ
07:52
CBJ
Trevor Letowski (15) Wrist shot - ASST: Tyler Wright (9), Anders Eriksson (20)
3 - 1 CBJ
3rd Period
19:52
CBJ
David Vyborny (22) Slapshot - ASST: Rick Nash (16)
4 - 1 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
11:40
DET
Tomas Holmstrom  Hooking against  Donald MacLean
15:30
DET
Mathieu Dandenault  Hooking against  Nikolay Zherdev
2nd Period
01:57
CBJ
Luke Richardson  Holding the stick against  Tomas Holmstrom
3rd Period
03:52
CBJ
David Ling  Tripping - Obstruction against  Boyd Devereaux
06:41
CBJ
Greg Mauldin  Hooking - Obstruction against  Mathieu Dandenault
09:52
CBJ
Anders Eriksson  Boarding against  Boyd Devereaux
goalie stats
Marc Denis
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 26 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .970SH: 0 - 0
Manny Legace
Manny Legace
SA: 17TOI: 59:51
Saves: 13EV: 9 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .765SH: 0 - 0
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