DENVER, CO - MARCH 01: Goalie Steve Mason #1 of the Columbus Blue Jackets makes a save against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on March 1, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. Mason had 33 saves as he shut out the Avalanche 2-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Blue Jackets Vs. Avalanche: Steve Mason Brilliant In 2-0 Columbus Win

Columbus enacted their revenge on the Colorado Avalanche for a 5-0 loss recently by winning 2-0 over the Avs at Pepsi Center on Thursday night.

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Blue Jackets Vs. Avalanche: Steve Mason Paces Columbus In 2-0 Win Over Colorado

The Columbus Blue Jackets got their revenge and got it with style on Thursday night. After losing 5-0 to the Colorado Avalanche last Friday during a four game tear by the Avs, the Jackets were looking to take it to them and they certainly did at Pepsi Center.

Steve Mason was the man of the hour for Columbus, stopping every shot that he faced including some amazing saves late into to the game to maintain the shutout. Nikita Nitikin scored the first goal on a power play in the first period, a puck that deflected off of Erik Johnson and over a sprawling Semyon Varlamov. The Avalanche woke up a bit after going down so early, but never could catch up to Columbus.

The Avs looked poised to try and make a comeback several times but the air was deflated out of their tires a bit when a defensive mishap led to a goal from Fedor Tyutin. There were a few fights at that point including one from rookie Gabriel Landeskog against new Jacket Jack Johnson, but past that the action simmered down around the goals until a late, late flurry from Colorado that showcased Mason at his best. The game ended with the 2-0 scoreline.

In a lost season for Columbus, getting games like this over teams that had slaughtered them previously is about the best work that the team can provide.

For more on the Columbus Blue Jackets, head over to The Cannon. For more on the Colorado Avalanche, check out Mile High Hockey. For more on the NHL in general, head to the SB Nation NHL hub.


Blue Jackets Vs. Avalanche: Columbus Looks To Avenge 5-0 Drubbing

It wasn't pretty the last time Columbus and Colorado hooked up. But Columbus can exact some revenge Thursday when they take on the surging Avalanche in Denver.

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