October 31, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Steve Mason made 40 saves for his second
shutout in three games since a coaching change and the Columbus
Blue Jackets beat San Jose 3-0 on Wednesday night, ending the Sharks' road winning streak at nine games.
With the victory, interim Blue Jackets coach Claude Noel improved to 3-0 since taking over for the fired Ken Hitchcock on Feb. 3.
Rick Nash scored his 26th goal, Jake Voracek ended a long scoring drought, and Antoine Vermette added an empty-netter for the Blue Jackets.
The shutout was Mason's fourth of the season and lifted his franchise record to 14. He led the league in shutouts as a rookie a year ago with 10, but has been near the bottom in goaltending stats for most of this season. He has stopped 90 of 91 shots he's faced in the Blue Jackets' three-game winning streak.
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