Found April 06, 2012 on
Pro Sports Daily:
Columbus Blue Jackets
New York Islanders
Cam Atkinson notched his first career hat trick and Rick Nash added a pair of goals as the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets knocked the Colorado Avalanche out of the Western Conference playoff race with a 5-2 victory.
The win came at a price for the Blue Jackets, who lost Nash to an undisclosed injury that kept him out for the entire third period. His status remains uncertain for the Jackets' home finale Saturday against the New York Islanders - possibly his final home game in a Columbus jersey as rumors persist that he'll be traded in the offseason.
With the Avalanche now out of the postseason picture, all 16 playoff participants have been determined with only final placings left to be decided.
After Atkinson and Colorado's David Jones traded goals early in the opening period, Nash put the Blue Jackets back in front with 3:31 remaining. The veteran sniper pounced on a rebound of a Mark Letestu shot and fired it past Avalanche netminder Semyon Varlamov from the side of ...
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Believe me I’m fully aware of the playoff races going on right now, but my team is out so I’m not exactly wrapped up in it. What I am wrapped up in is a certain 5’7″ Right Winger for the Colombus Blue Jackets. I’m a vertically challenged guy myself so I tend to gravitate towards men of my ilk. And yesterday that gravitational pull lead me to Cam Atkinson, the 67...
Cam Atkinson scored two goals - giving him five in five periods - to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 7-3 victory on Saturday over the New York Islanders in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Rick Nash opened the scoring in what could be his final game for the Blue Jackets. He has asked for a trade and management has said it will try to deal him this summer.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Cam Atkinson scored two goals -- giving him five in five periods -- to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 7-3 victory on Saturday over the New York Islanders in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Rick Nash opened the scoring in what could be his final game for the Blue Jackets. He has asked for a trade and management has said it will try to deal him...
The midseason acquisitions of defensemen Jack Johnson and Nikita Nikitin were not able to salvage the Blue Jackets' season, but they have given the franchise a dramatically different outlook heading into what could be a wild summer.
For the first time in franchise history, the Blue Jackets' strength might be their blue line.
"It's got a chance to be a real strong...
Columbus Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash will participate in the pregame skate and may play in the regular-season finale against the visiting New York Islanders.
Interim coach Todd Richards said that Nash's ailing back felt "pretty good" in the morning.
The contest may be Nash's last as a member of the Blue Jackets.
The top overall pick of Columbus in the 2002...
DENVER (AP) -- Turns out, a sense of pride was a more powerful motivator than a sense of urgency.
With nothing to play for, the Columbus Blue Jackets flourished.
And with a potential playoff spot on the line, the Colorado Avalanche fizzled.
Cam Atkinson had his first career hat trick and Steve Mason stopped 35 shots, helping the Blue Jackets thwart Colorado's postseason aspirations...