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Blue Jackets 6, Avalanche 1

Kristian Huselius scored twice and Steve Mason won his fourth straight despite having his shutout streak halted at three games and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat Colorado 6-1 on Friday night.

Mason's franchise-record shutout string was snapped by Darcy Tucker's goal late in the first period. Mason went 199 minutes, 19 seconds between goals allowed.

The 20-year-old rookie finished with 23 saves. He's given up two goals or fewer in 10 of his past 11 starts.

Rick Nash converted a penalty shot as part of a three-goal second period, lifting Columbus to its second straight win at the Pepsi Center this season. The Blue Jackets were 1-12-1 in Denver before this season.

Mike Commodore and Jakub Voracek sealed the win by scoring a minute apart early in the third period. Commodore's goal came off an assist from Nash, one of three he had on the night.

R.J. Umberger also added a goal late in the game as the Blue Jackets tied a season high with six goals.

Nash scored the Blue Jackets' first penalty shot of the season as he beat Peter Budaj with a low roller to Budaj's stick side. Nash was awarded the shot after being hooked from behind by Brett Clark as he skated in on a breakaway just over halfway through the second period.

He has 17 goals this season.

Huselius had his first multi-goal game of the season, scoring both times on pinpoint passes from Nash. After being held pointless for five games in mid-December, Huselius has three goals and three assists over his past eight games.

Mason was selected as the league's rookie of the month Friday, posting a 7-5 record in December with a 1.41 goals-against average.

It's the second straight month he's earned the honor. Mason started the season in the minor leagues to give him time to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery he had in September.

Tucker took a pass from Ian Laperriere across the front of the goal and lined it out of Mason's reach at the 17:20 mark of the first period.

Mason stopped everything after Tucker's fifth goal of the season.

The Avalanche seem to exalt in stopping shutout streaks, snapping Vancouver's Roberto Luongo's string of three in a row earlier this season.

Notes: The Blue Jackets play in St. Louis on Saturday night. They're 39-73-16 in the second game of back-to-backs. ... Avalanche D Adam Foote played three seasons for Columbus, serving as team captain. ... Chris Stewart and Jared Boll exchanged punches 75 seconds into the game, each drawing a 5-minute penalty for fighting. ... Laperriere is relishing his new role, switching from the wing over to center because of the injuries to centers Joe Sakic (back/hand) and Paul Stastny (fractured forearm).


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