Posted March 01, 2012 on AP on Fox

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 10: Goaltender Steve Mason #1 of the Columbus Blue Jackets warms up before the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena on October 10, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Blue Jackets defeated the Coyotes 2-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Steve Mason stopped 32 shots for his first shutout of the season, defensemen Fedor Tyutin and Nikita Nikitin both scored, and the Columbus Blue Jackets snapped a two-year drought against Colorado by beating the Avalanche 2-0 on Thursday night. The Blue Jackets gave Mason an early lead and he protected it en route to his 19th NHL shutout, which snapped Columbus' 0-9-1 skid against the Avalanche that dated to the 2009-10 season. The Avalanche had their four-game winning streak snapped as they were shut out for the seventh time this season. They also missed a chance to move into eighth place in the Western Conference. Mason withstood a push from the Avalanche, making a key save on a shot by Stefan Elliott early in the third period. He then sprawled on the ice to stuff a shot by Jay McClement at the end of a rush. A shot by Elliott with 2:35 remaining hit the post. Colorado pulled goalie Semyon Varlamov for an extra attacker with 1:50 left and went on the power play in the final 1:3...
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