Av's score a goal in the first minute, two more in the next 4 minutes, then another at 8:02 into the 1st period. Blue Jackets came back with 2 in the 2nd but could never recover from the early deficit (Av's added an insurance goal in the 3rd to make it 5-2 final). A player named Brandon Yip played well in his NHL debut. Bernie had a Santa Clause outfit on. The evening featured the 3rd smallest attendance figure in the history of the club in Colorado with 11,782 announced (on a Saturday no less).
Here's an image of rookie center Ryan O'Reilly getting stopped on a breakaway by a Columbus winger Jacob Voracek. I didn't actually get action on any of the goals, because they were all scored at the far end of the ice from me (the scoring judge told me that the ice was tilted). Great game for the boys in maroon and blue, even if the outcome was never in doubt from the beginning.
A couple more western conference teams visit this month. The Ducks of Anaheim visit on the 22nd, then the Stars of Texas on the 26th. I'll post after both. Thanks for looking.
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