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NHL Blue Jackets defeat Avalanche for the first time

Sunday, February 29, 2004

Columbus posted a 5-4 overtime win on Jaroslav Spacek's goal.
COLUMBUS (AP) -- David Vyborny had a goal and four assists, including one on Jaroslav Spacek's one-timer 3 minutes, 24 seconds into overtime, to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 Saturday night.
It was the Blue Jackets' first victory over the Avalanche after going 0-13-1 in their first 14 meetings. Colorado, which outscored the Blue Jackets 11-1 in winning both meetings this season, held a 61-16 goals advantage over the Blue Jackets since Columbus joined the NHL four seasons ago.
Vyborny's five points were a career high, as were his four assists, and tied a franchise record. He also matched his career high for points in a season with 46. The Blue Jackets were on the power play in overtime after John-Michael Liles, who had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, was called for hooking at 3:03.
Spacek had one one-timer blocked, but he reloaded and beat goaltender Philippe Sauve from the point after taking a pass from Andrew Cassels, who had two assists.
Geoff Sanderson, Manny Malhotra and Nikolai Zherdev each scored for the Blue Jackets.
Multi-point games
Seven players had multi-point games. Alex Tanguay had a goal and three assists, Milan Hejduk had a goal and two assists, and Joe Sakic and Liles each had a goal and an assist.
Sakic scored his 25th to open the scoring, taking a perfect lead pass from Tanguay at 13:04.
One second after a power play ended, the Avalanche made it 2-0 on Liles' sixth goal.
Paul Kariya was stopped by Columbus goaltender Marc Denis on a penalty shot -- Denis kicked the shot away with his right foot -- midway through the second period. The shot was awarded because a Blue Jackets player fell on the puck in the crease during a wild scramble at 10:27.
Suddenly, the game took a dramatic turn.
Vyborny netted his third stab at the puck while Columbus was on a power play at 14:59.
Breakaway score
Just 25 seconds later, Vyborny flipped the puck high in the air from the neutral zone and right to a streaking Sanderson who scored on a breakaway.
Zherdev had two good shots at goals -- one hit the post -- before converting on a five-on-three off a cross-crease pass from Cassels for a 3-2 lead.
In the third period, the Avalanche pulled even on Sakic's patient pass to Tanguay, who scored his 22nd.
After Malhotra scored on a give-and-go with Darrel Scoville, who earned his first NHL point, Colorado again tied it when Hejduk scored after Rob Blake's slap shot clanged off a post and ended up on Hejduk's stick.