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Jackets blow another game where they get a lead; lose to Flyers in OT, 4-3

GAME AT A GLANCE

GOAL SCORERS

Columbus: O. Bjorkstrand (21), N. Foligno (7), S. Matteau (1)

Philadelphia: T. Konecny (21), N. Aube-Kubel (5), PP – C. Giroux (17), OT – K. Hayes (19)


GOALTENDERS
Columbus:
E. Merzlikins (29 saves, OTL)

Philadelphia: B. Elliott (28 saves, OTW)

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BLUE JACKETS TEAM NOTES

  • Tonight concluded the Blue Jackets’ season series (0-3-1) with the Flyers.
  • Dating back to Dec. 27, 2008, the Blue Jackets have corralled points in 15-of-16 home contests vs. the Flyers (13-1-2).
  • The Blue Jackets played into overtime for the 20th time this season (7-10-3) and fourth time in their last six contests.
  • Columbus has played in one-goal contests (not including empty net goals) in 12 of its last 13 contests.  The Blue Jackets have played in a league-leading 38 true one-goal games.
  • The Jackets produced a multi-goal first period for the 10th time this season with two goals in the opening frame.
  • The Blue Jackets dropped to 6-2-3 in Thursday contests this season, with a 25-6-4 record on the weekday since Mar. 8, 2018.  Tonight was the 11th of 14 Thursday games this season for the club.
  • The Blue Jackets were outshot by the Flyers, 33-to-31 in the contest.
  • Tonight’s attendance was a sellout crowd of 18,365.

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BLUE JACKETS PLAYER NOTES

  • LW Nick Foligno, appearing in his 900th NHL game (549 with CBJ, 351 with Ottawa), had a goal and assist for his fourth multi-point game of the season.  The Blue Jackets’ captain has 1-2-3 in his last five games.
  • RW Oliver Bjorkstrand opened the scoring just 44 seconds into the contest with his team-leading 21st goal of the season.  He added an assist on Foligno’s goal to conduct his team-leading 11th multi-point game of the campaign.  He’s currently on a six-game point streak (4-3-7), which ties his career high (3x, MR: 11/19-29, 2019).
  • D Markus Nutivaara, who has 1-3-4 in his last five contests, collected two assists in the game for his fourth-career multi-assist outing.  It was his first multi-point game since Nov. 20, 2017 at Buffalo (0-2-2).
  • D Vladislav Gavrikov picked up an assist on Bjorkstrand’s tally for his 14th point of the season (5-9-14).  He ranks third among CBJ defensemen in points and eighth in the NHL among rookie blueliners.
  • G Elvis Merzlikins made his 28th start of the season and helped Columbus secure a point.  He has earned the Jackets points in 10-of-13 games as the goaltender of record on home ice this season (7-3-3).
  • LW Stefan Matteau scored in his Blue Jackets’ debut tonight.  It was his first NHL game since playing for Vegas on Feb. 23, 2018 vs. Vancouver and first NHL goal since scoring with New Jersey on Dec. 4, 2015 vs. Philadelphia.
  • C Boone Jenner nabbed his 11th assist of the season with the primary helper on Matteau’s goal.  He has 2-2-4 in his past five home games and 4-2-6 in his last nine contests vs. Philadelphia.  He has won 50 pct. or more of his faceoffs in 14 of his last 15 games after winning 7-of-14 faceoffs in tonight’s game.
  • D Zach Werenski led all CBJ skaters with 25:26 TOI in the contest.  He had two shots, a hit, three blocked shots and plus-2 rating in the game.

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POST-GAME AUDIO

Blue Jackets:

Coach John Tortorella | Nathan Gerbe | Boone Jenner | Stefan Matteau | Markus Nutivaara

Flyers:

Coach Alain Vigneault | Nicolas Aube-Kubel | Brian Elliott | Claude Giroux | Kevin Hayes

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CBJ UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Saturday, February 22 at Nashville Predators – 8 pm ET at Bridgestone Arena

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

Blue Jackets to host free hockey clinics through Get Out And Learn!

 

FEBRUARY 20, 2020

Saturday’s early session will introduce kids ages 5 to 8 with visual impairments, physical limitations and/or special needs to the game of hockey

 

WHAT: Since 2017, the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Get Out And Learn! Program has provided 1,400+ kids the opportunity to try hockey for free.  Through GOAL!, powered by Performance Columbus, the Blue Jackets aim to remove barriers of entry to the sport and offer first-time skaters ages 5-8 the opportunity to experience the excitement of hockey.  Each one-hour introductory clinic includes free skate rental and participants receive a hockey stick, winter gloves and a GOAL! jersey to keep.  Advance registration is required at www.bluejackets.com/goal and limited to the first 60 participants per clinic.  Both clinics on Saturday, February 22 are sold out.

 

WHERE: OhioHealth Chiller North (8144 Highfield Dr., Lewis Center, OH 43035)

WHEN: Saturday, February 22

2:10 – 3:10 pm              Session for children with visual impairments, physical limitations and/or special needs

3:20 – 4:20 pm              General session

 

UPCOMING GET OUT AND LEARN! SCHEDULE:

Date                          Time                                    Location                                             Notes

Sat., Feb. 22            2:10-3:10 pm                   OhioHealth Chiller North            Visually/Physically Impaired, Special Needs

3:20-4:20 pm                                                                              General Session

Sat., Feb. 29            10-11 am                           OhioHealth Ice Haus                     General Session

Tue., Mar. 3            6-7 pm                                OhioHealth Chiller Easton           General Session

Sun., Mar. 8            11:40 am-12:40 pm       OhioHealth Chiller Easton           Girls Only Session

Sat., May 2              12-1 pm                             OhioHealth Chiller North            General Session

Tue., May 5             7-8 pm                                OhioHealth Chiller North            General Session

Wed., May 20         7-8 pm                                NTPRD Chiller Springfield            General Session

Thu., June 18          7-8 pm                                OhioHealth Chiller Easton           General Session

Sat., June 27           12:15-1:15 pm                 NTPRD Chiller Springfield            General Session

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Jeff Carpenter; COURTESY BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

Columbus Blue Jackets News

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled left wing Jakob Lilja from the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters and assigned forward Liam Foudy to the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights.

 

Lilja, 26, made his NHL debut in the Blue Jackets’ 2019-20 season opener on October 4 against Toronto and has recorded two goals and two assists for four points with two penalty minutes and a +4 plus/minus rating in 27 appearances with the club.  The 6-1, 196-pound winger registered his first career NHL assist on October 16 vs. Dallas and his first career goal on December 27 at Washington.

The Malmo, Sweden native has added 5-8-13 and two penalty minutes in 22 games with the Monsters this season.  The winger, who signed a one-year entry level contract with Columbus on June 15, 2019, notched 48-51-99 with 71 penalty minutes and a +14 plus/minus rating in 222 career Swedish Hockey League contests from 2012-19.

 

Foudy, 20, made his NHL debut on Monday vs. Tampa Bay and collected his first NHL point with an assist in his second contest last night at Buffalo.  The 6-2, 182-pound forward had notched 20-24-44, 18 penalty minutes and is +28 in 33 games with London this season, serving as one of the club’s co-captains.  He is tied for the team lead in plus/minus and ranks second in points-per-game (1.33).  In 218 career OHL games, he has racked up 89-78-167, 91 penalty minutes and a cumulative +66 plus/minus rating since 2016.

The Scarborough, Ontario native has represented Canada at several international competitions, including this year’s IIHF World Junior Championship, where he picked up 3-1-4 in seven games and helped Canada capture the gold medal.  He was selected by the Blue Jackets in the first round, 18th overall, at the 2018 NHL Draft.

Single game tickets for all home games played at Nationwide Arena during the 2019-20 regular season are on sale now.  Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting BlueJackets.com.

 

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Jackets loses to Rangers, 3-1 on Valentine’s Day night

GAME AT A GLANCE

GOAL SCORERS

Columbus: O. Bjorkstrand (19)

NY Rangers: P. Buchnevich (13), C. Kreider (23), EN – R. Strome (14)


GOALTENDERS
Columbus:
E. Merzlikins (25 saves, L)

NY Rangers: A. Georgiev (36 saves, W)

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BLUE JACKETS TEAM NOTES

  • The Blue Jackets fell in regulation to the Rangers, 3-1, and are now 0-2-2 their last four contests.
  • Tonight was the third game of the Jackets’ season series vs. the Rangers (1-2-0).  CBJ fell to 6-2-1 in their last nine meetings in the series since Nov. 17, 2017.  The two teams close out the 2019-20 season series on Mar. 24 in New York.
  • Columbus, which tonight began a stretch of four-straight games within the division from Feb. 14-20, saw its nine-game point streak vs. Metropolitan Division teams end with tonight’s loss (7-1-2).
  • The loss also snapped the Blue Jackets’ 20-game point streak versus Eastern Conference teams (14-0-6).  The streak, which lasted from Dec. 9-Feb. 13, was tied for the fourth-longest intra-conference point streak in a single season in the NHL since 1974-75.
  • It was also the first time in the last seven Friday games that the Jackets didn’t record a point (3-1-3).
  • It’s the second time this season that Columbus entered the third period tied and didn’t come away with at least a point (11-2-5).  They fell 4-3 in Winnipeg on Nov. 23 after entering the third tied at three.
  • The Blue Jackets outshot the Rangers 37-to-28 in the contest.
  • Columbus had 22 shots on goal in the second period, the most in a single period this season.  It surpassed the 21 shots recorded in the second period against Detroit on Feb. 7.
  • The Blue Jackets have scored a second period goal in five-straight games.
  • The Jackets went 0-for-2 on the power play in the game, failing to convert on a four-minute man-advantage in the second period.
  • Columbus went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill in the contest and has now killed off 37-of-39 penalties on home ice over its last 15 home games (94.9 pct.).
  • Tonight’s attendance was a sellout crowd of 18,888.  It’s the fifth sellout crowd (18,144) in the last seven outings at Nationwide Arena.

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BLUE JACKETS PLAYER NOTES

  • RW Oliver Bjorkstrand extended his point streak to three games with his late second period goal (2-1-3).  He now has 12-4-16 in his last 14 contests.  He scored twice against the Rangers in the two clubs’ last meeting back on Jan. 19.
  • LW Gustav Nyquist had the primary assist on Bjorkstrand’s goal for his 24th helper of the season. He has 2-3-5 in his last nine games and has registered four assists in his past eight contests vs. the Rangers. He sits one assist shy of 200 for his NHL career (143-199-342, 559 GP).
  • D Scott Harrington also picked up an assist on the Jackets’ second period goal for his fourth assist this season.  He has two helpers and a +4 plus/minus rating in his last five games vs. the Rangers.
  • G Elvis Merzlikins made 26 saves in the game, suffering just his second regulation loss in his past 11 stars (8-2-1).
  • D Zach Weresnki led all CBJ skaters with 24:01 TOI in the game, adding a shot and a takeaway.
  • LW Nick Foligno and C Boone Jenner each had a team-high five shots in the game.

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POST-GAME AUDIO

Blue Jackets:

Coach John Tortorella | Oliver Bjorkstrand | Nick Foligno | Elvis Merzlikins

Rangers:

Coach David Quinn | Alexandar Georgiev | Chris Kreider | Mika Zibanejad

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CBJ UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Saturday, February 15 Day Off – No Practice Scheduled

Sunday, February 16 at New Jersey Devils – 6 pm ET at Prudential Center

Monday, February 17 Day Off – No Practice Scheduled

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

Jackets rookie goaltender Elvis Merzlikins named NHL’s First Star of the Week ending February 9

 

Elvis Merzlikins CBJ goalie (photo by Alex Brown)

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins has been named the National Hockey League’s First Star for the week ending February 9, the league and club announced Monday.  Winnipeg Jets forward Kyle Connor was named the Second Star, while Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy was selected Third Star.

 

Merzlikins, 25, went 2-1-0 with a 0.67 goals-against average, .971 save percentage and two shutouts in three games last week, stopping 68-of-70 shots faced.  On February 4, he made 32 saves in a 1-0 overtime win against the Florida Panthers.  On February 7, he turned aside 16 shots to record his second-straight shutout in a 2-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings.  The following night, he had his franchise rookie record eight-game winning streak snapped with a 20-save performance in a 2-1 loss vs. the Colorado Avalanche.  He is one of six goaltenders since 1929-30 to register five shutouts in a span of eight games.

 

The Riga, Latvia native improved to 12-7-4 with a 2.19 goals-against average, .930 save percentage and five shutouts in 25 outings this season.  Among goaltenders with at least 15 games played, he leads the NHL in save percentage and shutouts and ranks fourth-T in goals-against average.  Since taking over for injured All-Star Joonas Korpisalo, Merzlikins has gone 12-3-0 with a 1.55 goals-against average, .951 save percentage and five shutouts in 15 outings.

 

Single game tickets for all home games played at Nationwide Arena during the 2019-20 regular season are on sale now.  Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting BlueJackets.com.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

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