COLUMBUS OH - SEPTEMBER 28: Nick Holden #29 of the Columbus Blue Jackets is congratulated by Antoine Vermette #50 of the Columbus Blue Jackets after scoring against the Minnesota Wild during the third period on September 28 2010 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus Ohio. Columbus defeated Minnesota 3-2 in a shoot out. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Blue Jackets Vs. Avalanche: Columbus Eliminates Colorado From Playoffs With 5-2 Win

Colorado lost their fourth in their last six games and have been eliminated from the Western Conference playoff picture.

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Blue Jackets Vs. Avalanche Final Score: Columbus Spoils Colorado's Season, 5-2

The Columbus Blue Jackets closed out the road portion of their schedule on Thursday night by spoiling Colorado's season, ending their playoff hopes in front of their home crow with a 5-2 win.

Colorado, losers of four of their last six, needed a win (and some help) to remain in the playoff picture, but the Columbus Blue Jackets dashed those dreams with a 5-2 win behind 28 shots to Colorado's 37.

Rick Nash scored his 28th and 29th goals of the season and Cam Atkinson netted a hat trick on an empty netter in the third. Steve Mason stopped 35 of 37 shots to give the Blue Jackets their fourth win in their last five games.

Columbus will close their season on Saturday against the Islanders.

For more on the Blue Jackets, head to Jackets Cannon. For more Avalanche coverage, check out Mile High Hockey. And for more NHL news and information, head over to SB Nation's NHL hub page.

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