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Archive for February 16th, 2017

CBJ hosts Pittsburgh on Friday night in key Metro Division contest

GAME INFO COURTESY COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

Blue Jackets beat Toronto, 5-2; gets 20th home win and equals last season’s point total of 77

Columbus Blue Jackets (5) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (2)
February 15, 2017 – Nationwide Arena (14,548)
Goal Scorers
Columbus: J. Anderson (11), B. Jenner (11), O. Bjorkstrand (1), PP – N. Foligno (20), EN – M. Calvert (9)
Toronto: N. Kadri (22), N. Kadri (23)

Goalies
Columbus: J. Korpisalo (31 Saves, W)
Toronto: C. McElhinney (30 Saves, L)

The Blue Jackets defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 at Nationwide Arena on Wednesday night.  Attached and linked please find the post-game notes along with post-game audio.

Blue Jackets:
Coach John Tortorella | Oliver Bjorkstrand | Alexander Wennberg | Zach Werenski

Maple Leafs:
Coach Mike Babcock | Jake Gardiner | Nazem Kadri | Josh Leivo | Curtis McElhinney

The Blue Jackets return to action on Friday, February 17 (7 p.m. ET) as they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nationwide Arena.

 

POSTGAME RECAP WRITTEN, PRODUCED & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

NHL News: Schedule for Thursday, February 16, 2017; Loose Pucks; Crosby aiming for 1,000th career point

LOOSE PUCKS
Matthew Tkachuk tallied 1-1—2 as the Flames improved to 5-2-0 in their last seven contests . . .  Sharks defenseman Brent Burns (1-1—2) scored his 25th goal of 2016-17 to become the first blueliner since Al MacInnis (1989-90 and 1990-91) to reach the 25-goal mark in consecutive seasons (2015-16: 27 G). Burns shares second in the NHL with 25-36—61 this season (58 GP) . . . Sharks captain Joe Pavelski (2-2—4) reached the 20-goal mark for the eighth time in 11 NHL seasons, while Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno hit the mark for the second time (also 2014-15: 31 G) . . . The NHL announced details for The PreGame, the official tailgate party of the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series . . . Members of the Senators recently hosted several guests as part of Hockey Is For Everyone month . . . Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist was suspended for six games for high-sticking Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon . . . The Kings traded defenseman Tom Gilbert to the Capitals for future considerations . . . The Canadiens signed recently-hired head coach Claude Julien to a five-year contract . . . The Red Wings honored late owner Mike Ilitch in a pre-game ceremony at Joe Louis Arena and debuted commemorative patches in his honor.

SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
NY Rangers @ NY Islanders, 7 p.m., TVAS, MSG+ 2, MSG
Ottawa @ New Jersey, 7 p.m., MSG+, TSN5, RDS
Winnipeg @ Pittsburgh, 7 p.m., ROOT, TSN3
Colorado @ Buffalo, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN
Vancouver @ St. Louis, 8 p.m., SN, SN360, FS-MW
Dallas @ Minnesota, 8 p.m., FS-N, FS-WI, FS-SW
Philadelphia @ Edmonton, 9 p.m., SNW, CSN-PH
Arizona @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., FS-W, FS-A
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CROSBY AIMS FOR 1,000TH CAREER POINT WHEN PENGUINS HOST JETS
Sidney Crosby (368-631—999), who leads the League with 30 goals this season, aims to become the 86th player in NHL history (eighth active) to reach the 1,000-point milestone when the Penguins (35-13-7, 77 points) host Patrik Laine and the Jets (26-29-4, 56 points) at PPG Paints Arena. Laine, who ranks second among rookies with 26 goals, scored three times on Tuesday vs. DAL to become the first player in NHL history to register three hat tricks before his 19th birthday.

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHL MORNING SKATE PUBLICATION

NHL scores & game recaps from Wednesday, February 15, 2017: Jagr has historic 45th birthday milestone; Blues sweep 5-game road trip; Jackets get 20th home win

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
COLUMBUS 5, Toronto 2
St. Louis 2, DETROIT 0
CALGARY 3, Philadelphia 1
Florida 6, SAN JOSE 5 (OT)

JAGR REACHES 1,900-POINT MILESTONE ON 45TH BIRTHDAY . . .
Jaromir Jagr collected an assist while celebrating his 45th birthday to become the second player in NHL history to reach 1,900 career points (759-1,141—1,900), joining Wayne Gretzky (894-1,963—2,857).

* Jagr, who has compiled 2-5—7 in eight career games on his birthday, became just the third skater to play an NHL game after turning 45, joining Gordie Howe and Chris Chelios. Goaltenders Johnny Bower and Moe Roberts also played in the NHL past age 45.

. . . HUBERDEAU HELPS PANTHERS OUTLAST SHARKS
Florida surrendered leads of 3-1 and 5-3, but Jonathan Huberdeau (1-1—2) scored at 1:38 of overtime to lift the Panthers to their fifth win in their last six games.

* At 25-20-10 (60 points), the Panthers climbed within three points of the idle Maple Leafs (26-19-11, 63 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. Florida holds a game in hand.

* Huberdeau has collected at least one point in all four games since making his season debut on Feb. 3, compiling 3-4—7 including two game-winning goals. His tally in San Jose marked the first overtime goal of his career (276 GP).

Aleksander Barkov (2-1—3) and Nick Bjugstad (2-0—2) each scored twice for the Panthers, who have tallied 13 goals in winning their past two games. Barkov, who has scored in three straight games (4-1—5), shares second on the club with 13-20—33 this season despite playing in only 40 games.

DID YOU KNOW?
Wednesday’s contest between the Panthers and Sharks was the 41st game this season in which teams combined for at least 10 goals (845 GP). Elias notes that the last season with more such contests was 2010-11, when 53 of 1,230 games featured 10 or more goals.

BLUES SWEEP FIVE-GAME ROAD TRIP FOR FIRST TIME IN FRANCHISE HISTORY
Carter Hutton (25 saves) registered his second straight shutout and Ivan Barbashev scored what stood as the game-winning goal just 2:06 after the opening face-off as the Blues completed a sweep of their five-game road trip – a first in franchise history.

* The Blues (30-22-5, 65 points), who share the NHL lead in wins (6) and points (12) in February, have registered three shutouts in their last five games and occupy the No. 3 seed in the Central Division, three points ahead of the Predators (27-21-8, 62 points).

* Hutton, who has three shutouts in his past four appearances, improved to 9-7-2 with four blank sheets in 24 contests this season (2.52 GAA, .907 SV%). He had four shutouts in his first 76 career appearances.

BLUE JACKETS REGISTER 20TH HOME WIN OF THE SEASON
Five different skaters scored to help the Blue Jackets improve to 36-15-5 (77 points) this season and move back into a tie – in terms of points – for second place in the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference.

* With the victory, Columbus eclipsed their point total from the entire 2015-16 campaign (34-40-8, 76 points), aided by a 20-8-1 mark on home ice this season.

* Elias notes that Columbus, who registered their 20th home win in their 29th game at Nationwide Arena, required the fewest home contests to hit 20 home wins in their 17-year history. The previous mark of 32 games was set in 2008-09 (20-10-2, 42 points), when the club won a franchise record 25 games on home ice.

 

GAME RECAPS WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHL MORNING SKATE PUBLICATION

Central State beats cross-street rival Wilberforce, 87-80 as Dwight Richards Jr. scores 42

Dwight Richards Jr. in action vs. Wilberforce

 
WILBERFORCE, Ohio – The Marauders of Central State defeated the Wilberforce Bulldogs, 87-80, behind a career-high 42 points from Dwight Richards, Jr.

Featuring two schools separated by less than 200 yards, the game featured 13 ties and 10 lead changes. Neither team gained much separation from the other as the score remained knotted, 64-64, with 5:48 to play. Sparked by a Richards, Jr. basket in the paint, CSU put together a 11-0 run to take control. Two Jeremy Brown free throws gave the Marauders a 75-64 lead with 3:03 remaining. WU never recovered. Richards, Jr. poured in a mid-range jumper with 1:09 left to give CSU its largest lead, 82-70. Richards, Jr. ended the night by converting four straight free throws as he celebrated his 42-point performance with his teammates and the sold out crowd in Beacom/Lewis Gymnasium. CSU went on to cruise to the 7-point victory.

The Marauders converted 80% from the free throw line compared to Wilberforce’s 42% performance.

Richards, Jr. made 13 of 22 field goal attempts, including a 4-9 mark from beyond the arc. He was also a perfect 12 for 12 from the free throw line on his way to his career-high. Frank Barber III came throw with clutch baskets down the stretch and finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Seeing his first significant action since late December while nursing an array of injuries, senior Keilan Blanks delivered 10 points and 6 assists. Jeremy Brown continues to be CSU’s best rebounder. The junior finished with 11 rebounds to go along with 8 points as the Marauders improved to 9-17 overall.

Wilberforce was led by Demond Parker’s 28 points. The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 13-10 on the season.

Quotable – Head Coach Joseph Price

“Dwight Richards, Jr. continues to lead us with his effort and offensive output. He put on a show in front of a great crowd tonight.”

“Every time we play Wilberforce, it is a great environment. It makes it really special when the fans come out and support us the way they did tonight.”

“We resume conference play this Saturday against a tough team in Spring Hill. We hope tonight’s performance can carry over into the rest of the regular season as well as postseason play.”

“We had been on our guys all week about turnovers. Our guys focused on taking care of the ball and did a great job of valuing each possession.”

“We want to finish strong in the conference and make a run in the conference tournament.”

Notes:

-    – Dwight Richards, Jr.’s 42 point performance is the most points scored by any Marauder since the 2006-07 season.

-    – Richards, Jr. becomes the first player to record five games of 30+ points in a single season since the 1982-83 season

-      – Tuesday night’s game is the first of a three game home stand to end the regular season

-      – With Tuesday’s result, Central State has swept Wilberforce in the season series (2-0).

Next Up:

Feb. 18 vs. Spring Hill, 3 pm (Senior Day)

Coverage:

Watch - http://maraudersports.com/watch/

Listen - http://www.gemcitysports.com/radio-1/

Live Stats - http://www.sidearmstats.com/centralstate/mbball/

 

Dwight Richards Jr. shooting free throws vs. Wilberforce

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Nick Novy; COURTESY CENTRAL STATE SPORTS INFORMATION

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