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Columbus at Detroit

Nash drills three, Blue Jackets explode for eight versus Red Wings

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DETROIT -- The Columbus Blue Jackets gave their playoff hopes a boost -- and set a couple of team records, too.

Rick Nash had his fourth career hat trick -- his second against Detroit this season and third overall against the Red Wings -- in Columbus' 8-2 victory Saturday.

R.J. Umberger also scored two goals, Jason Williams had a goal and an assist, Raffi Torres and Andrew Murray also scored, and Steve Mason made 44 saves for Columbus, fighting to make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

The Blue Jackets set franchise records for most goals and margin of victory.

"We've been getting these efforts for a long time," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. "The difference for us was it paid off tonight."

The Blue Jackets bounced back from a 4-2 loss at Nashville Thursday night.

"We needed this win tonight to stay in the race and determine our own fate," Nash said.

Henrik Zetterberg and Aaron Downey scored for Detroit. Chris Osgood made 16 saves before being pulled early in the third period. The defending Stanley Cup champions also allowed eight goals Feb. 28 in a shutout loss at Nashville.

"You get mad. You don't want to play like this, especially in front of your home fans," Zetterberg said. "Today it was the breakaways we gave them. you have to execute, make the passes. We have to step up and play better as a group."

The Blue Jackets led 2-0 after the first period.

Torres opened the scoring 4:18 into the game when he tipped in Fedor Tyutin's shot for Torres' sixth goal. Umberger made it 2-0 at 8:05 when he deflected in a slap pass from point man Jason Williams. Umberger's first goal of the game came 7 seconds after a Columbus power play.

Williams goal came with 6:48 left in the second period when he put the puck into an empty net after Detroit defenseman Brian Rafalski misplayed it in the crease as he broke up a pass. It was Williams' 14th goal.

"Not very often it (winning by such a big margin) happens here," Williams said. "An off night for Ozzie and the turnovers. I feel like we got some good bounces, especially on my goal. It bounced over the defenseman's stick and it was right there for me."

Nash's short-handed goal with 4:20 remaining made it 4-0. He broke up Zetterberg's pass at the Blue Jackets blue line for a breakaway and beat Osgood with a wrist shot.

"Very smart player. He's got deceiving speed. Not many people know how fast he is," Williams said. "But when he gets those legs moving he's fast. And it showed on the short-handed goal, the way he broke away from the defenseman."

Zetterberg spoiled Mason's shutout bid with 2:48 left in the second.

Nash's second goal of the game came 15 seconds into the third period.

Umberger got his second goal and 23rd of the season, on a power play, 2:49 into the third and Murray scored at 3:25 for his eighth goal to chase Osgood, who was replaced by Ty Conklin.

"We didn't give ourselves a chance. We hung our goalie out to dry -- both of them," Red Wings' coach Mike Babcock said. "We got out of sync by turning the puck over early and we never really got it going."

Downey got his first goal, 5:32 into the third period.

Nash completed his hat trick with 7:44 left for his 31st goal. All three goals were unassisted.

"He's doing what most captains do this time of the year," Hitchcock said. "He's trying to help his team get into the playoffs."

Notes

  • Detroit RW Marian Hossa didn't play because of a sore neck and back. D Andreas Lilja sat out because of a concussion.
  • Columbus C Michael Peca didn't play because of a head injury. LW Fredrik Modin sat out with a knee injury.
  • There was a moment of silence before the game for the passing of Colleen Howe, the wife of Red Wings' Hall of Famer Gordie Howe. She died Friday at the age of 76 following a long battle with Pick's disease, a rare form of dementia.
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Rick Nash celebrates with new teammate Antoine Vermette and the fans also jump for joy. (AP)
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Scoreboard
Columbus  (33-27-6) «2248
Detroit (43-15-8)0112
Three Stars
R. Nash
CLB


Goals: 3
Assist(s): 0
S. Mason
CLB


Saves: 44
Save Pct.: .957
R. Umberger
CLB


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
04:18Raffi Torres (6), Tip-In. Assist: Tyutin
08:05R.J. Umberger (22), Tip-In. Assist: Williams, Voracek
2ND PERIOD
13:12Jason Williams (14), Backhand Shot. Assist: Umberger, Vermette
15:40Short - Rick Nash (29), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
17:12Henrik Zetterberg (26), Slap Shot. Assist: Datsyuk, Cleary
3RD PERIOD
15.0Rick Nash (30), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
02:49Power Play - R.J. Umberger (23), Snap Shot. Assist: Commodore, Klesla
03:25Andrew Murray (8), Slap Shot. Assist: Gratton
05:32Aaron Downey (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Meech, Draper
12:16Rick Nash (31), Slap Shot, Unassisted.
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:06Williams, 2 min, Hooking
05:58Ericsson, 2 min, Interference
2ND PERIOD
02:10Voracek, 2 min, Interference
15:02Methot, 2 min, Holding
3RD PERIOD
01:36Stuart, 2 min, Cross-Checking
05:56Williams, 4 min, High-Sticking
18:01Hejda, 2 min, Hooking
18:35Filppula, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
 123T
Columbus1010828
Detroit12191546
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Steve Mason60:00442
Ty Conklin16:3541
Chris Osgood43:25167
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Columbus1-for-2
Detroit0-for-6
Game Information
Attendance - 20066
Referees - Mike Hasenfratz, Greg Kimmerly
Linesmen - Scott Driscoll, Ryan Galloway
 
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