Mason, Blue Jackets aim for third consecutive win

Dallas (22-18-7) at Columbus (24-20-5), 7:00 p.m. EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) — Steve Mason’s dominating rookie
campaign has become old news. The Columbus Blue Jackets being
in the thick of a playoff race is still settling in.

Mason and the Blue Jackets seek their third straight win when
they host the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

The 20-year-old Mason made 18 saves en route to his
league-leading seventh shutout of the season and fellow rookie
Jakub Voracek scored the lone goal as the Blue Jackets continued
their dominance of the Eastern Conference with a 1-0 victory
over the Ottawa Senators on Friday.

A favorite to win the Calder Trophy, Mason turned aside eight
shots in both the first and third periods while needing to make
just two saves in the middle session to improve to 7-1-0 with
five blankings against teams from the East.

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That win guaranteed Columbus of a winning record in January,
marking the first time in franchise history it has put together
three straight winning months.

Mason leads the NHL with a 1.97 goals-against average, and has
allowed two or fewer goals in 19 of his last 27 starts.

Columbus, which is the only current NHL team to have never
qualified for the playoffs, is in a four-way deadlock with
Edmonton, Phoenix and Anaheim with 51 points in the crowded
Western Conference playoff picture.

The Stars have won three in a row and four of their last five,
including Thursday’s 4-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

Goaltender Marty Turco has started 18 consecutive contests and
has surrendered only three goals during Dallas’ current winning