facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

NHL: Columbus 5, Colorado 2

April 6, 2012 at 12:11 AM   |   Comments

DENVER, April 6 (UPI) -- The second goal of the game by Rick Nash put Columbus in front early in the second period Thursday and the Blue Jackets wiped out Colorado's playoff hopes 5-2.

The Avalanche had only a slight chance of making the playoffs when the night began, and that chance disappeared when Columbus scored the game's final three goals.

With both Colorado and Dallas having been eliminated from post-season contention Thursday, the last of the Western Conference playoff teams were determined.

Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Jose all wrapped up a berth in the post-season, leaving no playoff spots to be settled determined during Saturday's final day of the regular season.

Nash gave Columbus a 2-1 lead late in the opening period, but Paul Stastny tied it early in the second on the power play.

Nash's go-ahead goal also came on the power play and was followed by two scores from Cam Atkinson that finished off the first hat trick of his career. Atkinson opened the scoring 6:35 into the game.

Steve Mason made 35 saves in the win. Semyon Varlamov stopped 23-of-27 shots for Colorado.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Former L.A. Laker has his Florida driver's license suspended Former L.A. Laker has his Florida driver's license suspended
2
Jonathan Dwyer of the Cardinals arrested on assault charges Jonathan Dwyer of the Cardinals arrested on assault charges
3
Report: Li Na will announce retirement on Friday
4
Scandal-stained Vikings visit 0-2 Saints
5
Panthers' Greg Hardy takes voluntary leave of absence Panthers' Greg Hardy takes voluntary leave of absence
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback