Columbus Blue Jackets Crush Colorado Avalanche

The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 in front of 13,150 fans at Nationwide Arena Wednesday Night.

Fredrik Norrena had 15 saves for the Blue Jackets as they dominated Colorado to improve their record to 14-11-6 while Colorado dropped to 16-13-1.

Columbus Blue Jackets rookie center Dan Fritsche assisted center Manny Malhotra for the only goal of the first period. (Note: Dan Fristche has a brother, Tom Fritsche that plays for the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team.)

The Colorado Avalanche only score was in the second period to tie the game at 1, after a Ben Guite goal assisted from Andrew Brunette and John Michael Liles.

Jared Boll, Kyle Beech, and Sergei Fedorov scored the other 3 goals for the Blue Jackets. Fedorov scored his goal on an empty net with 50 seconds left to play.

This win was significant because before the last two times the Blue Jackets won, they were 2-21 against the Colorado Avalanche in franchise history.

The Columbus Blue Jackets beat Colorado Avalanche last week 5-4 at home when they made a furious comeback in the third period scoring 4 goals.

The win against Colorado for the second consecutive time, shows Columbus is definitely an improved team since the franchise began in 2001 and will eventually make the playoffs – even if they don’t make the playoffs this year – they will in the next few years.

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