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CBJ assigns Zac Dalpe to Cleveland Monsters

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned forward Zac Dalpe to the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate.

 

Dalpe, 28, made his Blue Jackets debut on Oct. 6 vs. the New York Islanders and has registered 13 penalty minutes in 12 games this season.  He has also posted 9-14-23 with 28 penalty minutes in 28 games with Cleveland.  He has posted 12-12-24 and 36 penalty minutes in 140 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks and Carolina Hurricanes since making his NHL debut in 2010-11.  The Paris, Ontario native has added 106-107-213, 126 penalty minutes and is +5 in 298 career AHL games with the Monsters, Iowa Wild, Rochester Americans, Utica Comets, Charlotte Checkers and Albany River Rats.  Claimed off waivers by Columbus from Minnesota on Feb. 27, 2017, Dalpe was originally Carolina’s second round pick, 45th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft.

 

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Jackets bomb Capitals, 5-1 behind four-goal 1st period explosion

 

BLUE JACKETS POST GAME NOTES

Columbus Blue Jackets Post-Game Notes

Columbus Blue Jackets (5) vs. Washington Capitals (1)

February 26, 2018 – Nationwide Arena (17,386)

 

 

QUICK STATS & INFO

Goal Scorers
Columbus: PP – A. Panarin (18), S. Milano (9), M. Letestu (9), PP – S. Jones (9), SH – C. Atkinson (12)
Washington: PP – A. Ovechkin (39)

 

Goalies

Columbus: S. Bobrovsky (25 Saves, W)                        Washington: B. Holtby (14 Saves, L), P. Grubauer (18 Saves)


Game Summary:
http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20172018/GS020964.HTM

Event Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20172018/ES020964.HTM

 

BLUE JACKETS TEAM NOTES

  • Columbus closed out the season series with Washington, finishing 1-3-0 with both teams scoring 12 goals in the four contests.
  • The Blue Jackets scored four first period goals for the first time this season. The four goals are tied for the most in a period this season (second period, Oct. 17 at WPG).
  • Columbus won at home for second-straight game and the 14th time in the last 23 contests (14-7-2).
  • The Blue Jackets were two-for-four on the power play and are three-for-six over the last two games.  It was the fourth time they’ve scored two power play goals in a game this season (MR: Feb. 13 at NY Islanders).
  • 15 of Columbus’ 18 skaters recorded a shot on goal.
  • The Blue Jackets were 33-of-57 (58%) in the faceoff circle, winning 50 pct. or more on their faceoffs in three of the past four contests.

 

BLUE JACKETS PLAYER/COACH NOTES

  • Seth Jones scored a goal and added two assists for his eighth multi-point game of the season.  The three points tied a career-high for Jones (1-2-3, Nov. 14, 2015 vs. WPG) who has recorded 1-4-5 in four games against Washington this season.  The Arlington, Texas native recorded his 100th career point with CBJ on his first assist of the game.  All three of his points came in the first period.  It’s the second time this season (Panarin, 2nd period on Dec. 8 at New Jersey) and the 29th time in club history a player recorded three points in a single period.
  • LW Artemi Panarin extended his point streak to five games (3-3-6) with a goal and an assist.  His 18th goal ties him for the team lead with RW Josh Anderson.
  • RW Cam Atkinson scored his 12th goal of the season (second CBJ shorthanded goal this season) and added two assists for his third multi-point game of the year (first three-point contest).  He has 4-4-8 in his last nine games and goals in two-straight.
  • LW Sonny Milano scored his ninth goal of the season, which is 10th-T for goals in a single season by a Blue Jackets rookie (Karlsson, Johansen, Voracek, Brule).
  • Mark Letestu scored his ninth goal of the season and his first in his return to the Blue Jackets organization after being acquired in a trade on Sunday from Nashville.  He finished with two shots, two hits and won 10-of-15 faceoffs.
  • Alexander Wennberg notched his 18th assist of the season and has 0-2-2 in four games against the Capitals this season.
  • Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 25-of-26 shots and has won two-straight games.  Over the last eight games, he boasts a 5-2-1 record, allowing two goals or less in seven of the eight with a .933 save percentage and 1.87 GAA.
  • RW Matt Calvert (11) and LW Lukas Sedlak (4) each recorded an assist on Letestu’s first period tally.
  • Brandon Dubinsky won 10-of-15 (67%) faceoffs and skated 15:26.
  • D Ian Cole made his Blue Jackets debut after being acquired earlier in the day in a trade with Ottawa.  He finished with two shots, a hit and was +1 on 16:48 of ice time.

 

POSTGAME AUDIO

Blue Jackets:

Coach John Tortorella | Cam Atkinson | Seth Jones | Mark Letestu | Sonny Milano

Capitals:

Coach Barry Trotz | Jay Beagle | Alex Ovechkin

 

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM REPORTER GAME NOTES

*Three Stars of the Game

CBJ Defenseman Seth Jones

2 assists, 1 goal

CBJ LW Artemi Panarin

Scored his team-leading 18th goal which led to 4 in the 1st period by the team

CBJ C Mark Letestu

re-acquired center provided spark that was expected with a goal.

*Prior to the game, the Capitals had won 10 of the last 13 games against the Jackets.

*With the win, Columbus has a four-point lead over the NY Islanders for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

*The Jackets are just three points behind New Jersey for the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Thursday, March 1 at Los Angeles Kings, Staples Center, 10:30 p.m. ET – FOX Sports Ohio / 97.1 The Fan

 

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Blue Jackets assign Nathan Gerbe to Cleveland Monsters

 

Nathan Gerbe with Carolina in 2013 By Benjamin Reed - Uploaded by Hephaion, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned forward Nathan Gerbe to the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate.

 

Gerbe, 30, was signed by the Blue Jackets on January 24 and recalled on recalled on February 21.  He appeared in two games with the Blue Jackets and has collected one goal and nine assists for 10 points in 11 games with Cleveland this season.  He began the 2017-18 campaign with Genève-Servette HC in the National League (Switzerland), where he had notched 2-5-7 and 85 penalty minutes in 19 games and totaled 13-22-35 and 107 penalty minutes in 38 games over the past two campaigns.

 

The Oxford, Michigan native has registered 58-80-138 points and 172 penalty minutes in 396 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes.  He posted four seasons of 25 or more points, including setting career highs in goals and points with 16-15-31 in 64 contests with Buffalo in 2010-11.  The forward later tied his career high in goals and points with 16-15-31 in a career-high 81 games with Carolina in 2014-15.  The 5-4, 176-pounder was drafted by Buffalo in the fifth round, 142nd overall, in the 2005 NHL Draft.  He racked up 71-62-133, 216 penalty minutes and a +43 plus/minus rating in 123 career games at Boston College from 2005-08.

 

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Wheeling, Dealing Blue Jackets acquire offense from Vancouver in LW Thomas Vanek

 

 

Thomas Vanek with Buffalo in 2011 By Giants27 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

IN EXCHANGE FOR FORWARDS JUSSI JOKINEN AND TYLER MOTTE

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired left wing Thomas Vanek from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for forwards Jussi Jokinen and Tyler Motte, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

 

Vanek, 34, has registered 350 goals and 388 assists for 738 points with 513 penalty minutes and a cumulative +8 plus/minus rating, along with 133 power play goals and 55 game-winning goals, in 946 career NHL games with the Canucks, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Minnesota Wild, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres.  He has collected 17-24-41 and 28 penalty minutes in 61 games with Vancouver this season.

 

“Scoring goals has been a challenge at times for our team this season, so we are pleased to add Thomas Vanek to our lineup,” said Kekalainen.  “He has been a proven goal scorer in this league for many years, has been proficient on the power play, and we believe he can help our team in both of those areas.”

 

A native of Vienna, Austria, Vanek has scored at least 17 goals in each of his 13 NHL seasons with two 40-goal campaigns (2006-07, 2008-09), two 30-goal campaigns (2007-08, 2010-11) and six 20-goal campaigns.  He also scored 10 or more power play goals on seven occasions, including 2008-09 when he led the NHL in that category with 20.  His best season was 2006-07 when he earned NHL Second Team All-Star honors after racking up a career-high 43-41-84 and a League-leading +47 plus/minus rating in 82 games.

 

The 6-2, 214-pounder was selected by Buffalo with the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NHL Draft.  He spent two seasons at the University of Minnesota from 2002-04 and earned NCAA West Second Team All-American honors in 2003-04 before a one-year stint with the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans preceded his NHL debut with the Sabres in 2005-06.  That year, he was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team after tallying 25-23-48 and 72 penalty minutes in 81 games.  He would go on to spend eight-plus seasons with the Sabres and ranks among the franchise’s all-time leaders in goals (254, fifth), points (497, 10th), game-winning goals (41, fourth) and power play goals (106, fourth).

 

After combining for 27-41-68 and 46 penalty minutes in 78 games with the Sabres, Islanders and Canadiens in 2013-14, he spent the next two seasons in Minnesota, where he picked up 39-54-93 and 59 penalty minutes in 154 outings.  He split last season between Detroit and Florida, collecting 17-31-48 and 22 penalty minutes in 68 contests.

 

VANEK FULL STATS

 

Jokinen, 34, has 1-6-7 and 10 penalty minutes in 46 games with the Blue Jackets, Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers, including 0-1-1 and four penalty minutes in 14 games with Columbus after being claimed off waivers from Los Angeles on January 17.  He has registered 187-366-553 and 375 penalty minutes in 937 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Kings, Oilers, Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars.

 

Motte, 22, was acquired by the Blue Jackets from the Chicago Blackhawks in June 2017 as part of the Artemi Panarin-Brandon Saad trade.  He tallied 3-2-5 and two penalty minutes in 31 games with the Blue Jackets to raise his career NHL totals to 7-5-12 and 16 penalty minutes in 64 outings.  He has added 9-2-11 and 25 penalty minutes in 17 games with the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters in 2017-18 and has 21-11-32 and 47 penalty minutes in 65 career AHL games.  Motte played at the University of Michigan from 2013-16.

 

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Columbus Blue Jackets acquire center Ryan Kujawinski from the Arizona Coyotes

FOR CENTER JORDAN MALETTA; ASSIGN KUJAWINSKI TO AHL’S CLEVELAND MONSTERS

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired center Ryan Kujawinski from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for center Jordan Maletta and have assigned Kujawinski to the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate.

 

Kujawinski, 22, has tallied one goal and three assists for four points with 11 penalty minutes and a +3 plus/minus rating in 24 AHL games with the Binghamton Devils and Tucson Roadrunners this season and has notched 13-24-37, 69 penalty minutes and is +11 in 115 career AHL games with Binghamton/Albany and Tucson.

Ryan Kujawinski (courtesy Arizona Coyotes)

 

The Kirkland Lake, Ontario native was selected by New Jersey in the third round, 73rd overall, at the 2013 NHL Draft.  He appeared in 231 career games in the Ontario Hockey League, registering 90-94-184 and 126 penalty minutes with Sarnia, Kingston and North Bay from 2011-15.  He tallied a career-high 34-25-59 with 30 penalty minutes and was +19 in 61 games with Kingston and North Bay in 2014-15.

 

Maletta, 22, was signed by Columbus as a free agent on Mar. 21, 2016.  He has collected 12-15-27 and 101 penalty minutes in 104 career games with Cleveland over the past two seasons, including 0-4-4 and 32 penalty minutes in 28 games in 2017-18.  The St. Catharines, Ontario native spent the previous five seasons with Windsor and Niagara of the OHL, picking up 82-109-191 and 278 penalty minutes in 315 games from 2011-16.

 

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