Nathan Horton making an impact with the Blue Jackets

Jan 14, 8:18 AM

Nathan Horton scored his 200th career goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday, which served as the tying goal en route to a 3-2 win for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Only six games deep into his time with the club, Horton has registered four points (two goals, two assists), and the Blue Jackets have posted a record of 5-1-0 during that time. 

As a result, the team has crept up the Eastern Conference ladder; Columbus now sits two points back of the Philadelphia Flyers for fourth place in the Metropolitan Division, as well as two points back of the Detroit Red Wings for the second wild card spot.

As the Puck Rakers blog asserts, Horton's goal got the team and the crowd going, and it was the kind of tally that lends understanding to the seven-year, $37.1-million contract that Columbus signed him to during the off-season. 

And with the Blue Jackets streaking as they are, one can only imagine what they might be able to do with this guy also in the lineup.

Jan 13, 9:12 PM

Nathan Horton scores his 200th career NHL goal in style

Jan 13, 9:12 PM

Nathan Horton has a reputation as one of the best net front forwards in the National Hockey League. While the Stanley Cup winning forward has scored most of his 200 career NHL goals within just a few feet of the blue paint, he managed to score his milestone 200th tally with a perfect snipe from the Bowman line:

What a wrist shot.