Final

Series (Game 1 of 1)

Columbus leads 1-0

Game 1: Wednesday, January 11th
Penguins1Final
Blue Jackets6

Penguins 1

(11-23-9, 31 pts)

Blue Jackets 6

(14-27-2, 30 pts)

7:00 PM ET, January 11, 2006

Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

1 2 3 T
PIT 1 0 01
CBJ 3 3 06

R. Nash (Blue Jackets - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

J. Balastik (Blue Jackets - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

S. Fedorov (Blue Jackets - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

Pittsburgh (11-22-9) at Columbus (13-27-2) 7:00 pm EST

Pittsburgh (11-22-9) at Columbus (13-27-2) 7:00 pm EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- Back home after a five-game road trip, the Columbus Blue Jackets try to build on their best offensive showing when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

Columbus is last in the league in goals with 92 and is the only team with less than 100. The Blue Jackets are 14th in the Western Conference in wins (13) and points (28), leading only St. Louis in both categories.

Defenseman Bryan Berard recorded his first career hat trick and Sergei Fedorov tied a career high with four assists as Columbus scored a season-high in goals in Sunday's 5-2 victory over Phoenix .

Rick Nash's return from ankle and knee injuries has given the Blue Jackets a much-needed boost. He has nine goals in his last 11 games and helped lead Columbus to a 4-2-1 mark in its last seven contests.

While Columbus has struggled to score, Pittsburgh has had problems on defense. The Penguins have yielded a league-high 165 goals and own the fewest wins (11) in the Eastern Conference.

Ryan Malone scored his eighth goal for Pittsburgh, which suffered its third straight defeat in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Edmonton. The Penguins are 3-5-3 since Michel Therrien replaced Ed Olczyk as coach.

The teams have not faced each other since Pittsburgh posted a 5-3 win over Columbus on December 13, 2003. This is their only encounter this season.

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