Blue Jackets go wild, wallop Sharks, 6-2
"You think about playing your first game and scoring your first goal," the 23-year-old said. "It's huge. I got a great pass from Mac and two guys were at the net. I just tried to get it there hard and low and good things happened."
Before that goal could be announced, San Jose's Patrick Marleau pulled up at the top of the left circle and hit a hard shot that Wisniewski couldn't block and goalie Steve Mason, who had 25 saves, couldn't stop. It was Marleau's 10th goal of the season — but first point in six games — and came just 13 seconds after Goloubef's goal.
"I don't think we came in here taking them lightly," said Joe Pavelski, who ended a 1 for 27 power-play drought when he scored late for the Sharks. "It didn't happen for us tonight. You can't have that. You don't want to lose like that."
After the second intermission, the Blue Jackets were at it again. Just 21 seconds in Calvert slid a pass from behind the goal cage to the onrushing Nikitin, who put his blade on the ice and almost pushed the puck through Greiss for his first of the year.
"I didn't see the puck very well," said Greiss, who came in allowing 1.01 goals a game but was tagged for all six with more than 13 minutes left on the clock in the third. "I just didn't play well."
Dubinsky came to Columbus in the blockbuster deal that sent Rick Nash to the New York Rangers last summer. He was encouraged by what he saw on Monday night.
"We all played the right way for 60 minutes," he said. "You saw the result that should happen when we play that way."
NOTES: Columbus RW Jared Boll fought RW Matt Pelech, called up earlier in the day, early in the first period. It was Boll's 120th career NHL fight giving him an unofficial Blue Jackets franchise "record," breaking the mark of 119 set by Jody Shelley. ... It was the most goals scored by the Blue Jackets since the final game of the otherwise forgettable 2011-12 season. With the worst record in the NHL, they beat the New York Islanders 7-3 on April 7, 2012. ... The two goals in 8 seconds by Prospal and Letestu tied a franchise mark set Oct. 17, 2008 (Jake Voracek, Nikita Filatov). ... The Blue Jackets completed a franchise record-tying six-game homestand with a record of 2-3-1.
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