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Blue Jackets score four goals in third period to dump Nashville

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

Rick Nash leading Blue Jackets playoff charge (file photo)

The Columbus Blue Jackets have been playing well for the past six weeks and their fans have grown accustomed to success every night out.

Even with the score 0-0 against Nashville, the fans in Nationwide Arena could sense that the Jackets would somehow get a goal to win the tight game.

What the fans saw in the third period, they could not believe. Four goals in one period against one of the NHL’s top defensive teams.

The 4-0 win pushed the CBJ into the tight Western Conference standings for the playoff push for the eighth and final spot.

It seems like the Jackets will be “buyers” at the trading deadline coming up next Monday.

Winning goaltender Steve Mason, who has finally got into a groove similar to his rookie year two years ago, earned his 18th career shutout with 20 saves.

The third period barrage was started quickly by Rick Nash, who scored his 28th goal on a shot from the right flank at 1:11.

Matt Calvert, who has been one of the surprise players in the playoff push, scored at 4:29 on the power-play, as goaltender Pekka Rinne had gotten out of position.

Antoine Vermette made it 3-0 with his 15th goal, on a shot all alone in front of the net at 9:49.

Wrapping up the scoring was Nash who scored his 29th in traffic at 19:09.

Three Stars of the Game goes to:

LW Rick Nash, Blue Jackets, Center Antoine Vermette, Blue Jackets scored one goal with two assists and Goalie Steve Mason.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS POSTGAME DRESSING ROOM PRESS CONFERENCE:

46 415 Pekka Rinne Nashville goalie Tough 3rd period gave up four goals (WPKO WBLL)

46 416 Pekka Rinne Nashville goalie Had played great in 1 & 2 periods (WPKO WBLL)

46 418 Pekka Rinne Nashville goalie Division games mean everything (WPKO WBLL)

46 419 Pekka Rinne Nashville goalie #2 NHL penalty kill let team down tonight (WPKO WBLL)

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS POSTGAME DRESSING ROOM PRESS CONFERENCE:

46 425 Matt Calvert CBJ LW Scored vs. #2 penalty kill team in NHL huge (WPKO WBLL)

46 426 Matt Calvert CBJ LW 3rd Period just snowballed IN CBJ’s favor (WPKO WBLL)

46 430 Scott Arniel CBJ coach on Rookie Matt Calvert stepping in playing well (WPKO WBLL)

46 431 Scott Arniel CBJ coach The excitement that this team is in playoff hunt (WPKO WBLL)

Blue Jackets dust off Penguins, 4-1

Consol Energy Center (file photo)

CBJ Slogan (file photo)

Everybody recalls the Pittsburgh Penguins embarassing the Columbus Blue Jackets back in December in Nationwide Arena.

But Columbus made their first visit to the Penguins new home. the Consol Energy Center, a special one with a 4-1 win.

The Penguins were without several of their star players, Sidney Crosby (concussion) and Evgeni Malkin (knee) and Chris Kunitz (lower-body injury).

With the win, the Blue Jackets pulled to within four points of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with their third win in a row.

The Jackets received goals from Rick Nash, Jakub Voracek, Sammy Pahlsson and Antoine Vermette.

The three stars of the game were: Rick Nash, CBJ LW, scored a goal and added an assist; Derick Brassard, CBJ Center, who garnered two assists and Steve Mason, CBJ goalie, stopped 32 shots and has three wins in a row.

compiled from Columbus Blue Jackets news

Nash leads Columbus to win over Rangers

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Scott Arniel still figuring out young Jackets (file photo)

There is no doubt that Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash when he is able, can take over a game at anytime.

In a recent game against the New York Rangers, he did just that.

In the 3-1 victory at Nationwide Arena, Nash’s name was involved in all three goals, scoring two and had one assist while becoming the Columbus franchises all-time leader with 544 games played, passing David Vyborny.

Nash scored two goals in the final 5:09 of the game as Columbus scored a much-needed end to a 1-5-1 losing slump.

Nash, who assisted on Antoine Vermette’s goal, has 203 career assists, one behind Vyborny’s franchise record.

With the two goals, Nash has 243 goals to lead the franchise. Vyborny is second with 113.

SOUNDS FROM THE NEW YORK RANGERS DRESSING ROOM (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

46 158 Ryan Callahan NY Rangers Tough Loss but some positives (V Teck)

45 159 Ryan Callahan NYR RW Losing on a flukey goal (V Teck)

46 161 Henrik Lundqvist NYR goalie On losing the game late in 3rd (V Teck)

46 181 John Tortorella NYR coach He was pleased with his team despite loss (V Teck)

SOUNDS FROM THE COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS DRESSING ROOM (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

46 167 Derek Dorsett CBJ Right wing Finishing checks lead to scoring chances (V Teck)

46 168 Derek Dorsett CBJ Right wing Had NY defenseman rushing passes all game (V Teck)

46 169 Derek Dorsett CBJ RW On Tommy Sestito physical presence tough on NYR (V Teck)

46 175 Tommy Sestito CBJ Left wing Forechecking won the game for Columbus (V Teck)

46 176 Tommy Sestito CBJ LW Physical Hockey is his game (V Teck)

Blue Jackets take a step back in 5-1 loss to Colorado

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Stuart Mason also contributed to this story

There is no question that the Columbus Blue Jackets are a much improved team this year under new head coach Scott Arniel.

However, they’ll look like Stanley Cup contender one night (beating St. Louis 8-1) and look like an also-ran the next.

The latter statement was true in their recent game against Colorado on Friday night. They rarely beat the Avs anyway, having lost six in a row against them, but after the first period, the Jackets were chasing the puck, the power play looked pitiful and to add insult to injury, they started the game with out their star and captain, Rick Nash.

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The Jackets all-time record against Colorado is 8-28-2, 5-13-1 in Columbus.

Columbus took the early lead in the first period against the fleet-footed Avalanche. Antoine Vermette made it 1-0 when he tapped in a pass from Nikita Filatov.

But that lead didn’ last long as the Avs right winger David Jones scored his first goal of the game two minutes later.

The game started to unravel on the Jackets in the second period and they were undone by two former Blue Jackets farmhands, Philippe DuPuis and Greg Mauldin.

Mauldin scored at the 10:57 mark off a turnover and started a 2-1 rush against goalie Steve Mason to put Colorado up 2-1. DuPuis made it 3-1 on a controversial goal when replays showed that DuPuis was over the goalie crease area and pushed Steve Mason into the back of the net. When Mason got up, the puck was lodged under him and went across the line. But it looked like the play was whistled dead. The referees went to the replays in Toronto and as usual when that happens, the odds are always against the Jackets and it was a goal.

The Jackets had some good chances against Avs goalie Peter Budaj, but once again, he shut them down.

Paul Stastny made it 4-1, 9 seconds before the second period intermission when Mason got himself out of position and the net was wide open for the goal.

Jones finished the scoring in the third period with his second goal to make it 5-1 at the 17:55 mark.

The Blue Jackets had a nice crowd on a Friday night of 13,594. That’s is pretty good considering there was the high school football playoffs and the Ohio State men’s basketball team was playing at home also.

If the Blue Jackets want the crowds to get back up to the customary level of 16,000-18,000, they’ll have to give a better effort than the one displayed against Colorado. Both games against the Avs this season have been blowouts.

Friday’s game was “CBJ ALUMNI NIGHT” as the team honored the team’s first captain, Lyle Odelein. Old number 4 said he was glad for the time he spent in Columbus and he will ever be remembered as a good captain and he is still well-liked by the fans.


SOUND FROM THE BLUE JACKETS POSTGAME DRESSING ROOM (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

45 926 Kyle Wilson Columbus center Thoughts on lopsided loss (WPKO WBLL)

45 927 Kyle Wilson Columbus center Avs make you pay for mistakes (WPKO WBLL)

SOUNDS FROM THE AVALANCHE POSTGAME DRESSING ROOM (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

45 913 Peter Budaj Avs goalie Is he pleased with his own play (WPKO WBLL)

45 915 Joe Sacco Avs coach On David Jones’ play (WPKO WBLL)

45 916 Joe Sacco Avs coach On Greg Mauldin scoring in 1st game (WPKO WBLL)

45 917 Joe Sacco Avs coach His team was ready in the 1st period (WPKO WBLL)

45 918 Joe Sacco Avs coach On Greg Mauldin paying his dues in minors (WPKO WBLL)

GAME NOTES

* The Avs are 12th on the power play in the NHL.

* The Avs are 5-2-1 on the road.

* Colorado is 29th on the penalty kill in the NHL.

* The Avs came into the game 3rd in the Northwest Division, 11th in the Western Conference with 15 points and a record of 7-6-1.

* Colorado is averaging 3.29 goals-per-game, tops in the Western Conference and third highest in the NHL. The Avalanche have scored three or more goals on 10 occasions, posting an 8-1-1 record in those games. The Avs are 0-5-0 when scoring two goals or less. As of this game, the Avalanche was tied for first in the league in 5-on-5 goals with 33 and also had the most goals in the third period with 19.

* Colorado has the second-youngest active roster in the NHL, with an average age of 26.0 years old. Los Angeles has the youngest at 25.9.

* Avs head coach Joe Sacco earned his 50th career coaching victory on November 6 against Dallas in his 95th game behind the bench. He is the third-fastest coach in franchise history to reach 50 wins, trailing only Marc Crawford (83 games) and Tony Granato (87 games). Sacco owns a 51-36-10 mark (.583%) as an NHL head coach.

* With a pair of assists on October 30, Milan Hejduk passed Joe Sakic for the most career points at the Pepsi Center, home of the Colorado Avalanche in Denver. Hejduk now has 349 points (171 goals/178 assists) in 381 regular season games, while Sakic had 344 points (119 goals/225 assists) in 297 games at the Pepsi Center. Hejduk’s 171 goals are already an arena record.

* Chris Stewart, right winger for the Avalanche, was named the NHL’s Third Star for the month of October. The Toronto native finished second among all skaters with 16 points (9 goals/7 assists) in 11 games during the month. He tied for second in the NHL with nine goals in October and shared the league lead in both game-winning goals (3) and power-play goals (4). Stewart ended the month with an eight-game point streak (8 goals/6 assists), tying his career long set March 6-22, 2010. He had six multi-point games in October, including his second career hat trick on October 28 at Calgary. Stewart’s nine goals last month equaled the most by an Avalanche player in October. Joe Sakic had nine goals in October of 1997 and Peter Forsberg had nine in October of 2000, although both played more games than Stewart (Sakic with 14 and Forsberg with 12).

* Columbus scored the first goal of the game for the eighth time this season and they are 7-1-0 in those games.

* The Blue Jackets were 5-1-0 in their past six games at Nationwide Arena prior to the Colorado game.

* Despite the loss, Columbus has won eight of its past 12 games.

* The Blue Jackets are 28th on the power play in the NHL.

* The CBJ are 5-5-0 at home.

* Columbus came into the game 3rd in the Central Division, 6th in the Western Conference at 9-5-0 with 18 points.

* The Jackets are 17th on the penalty kill in the NHL.



Blue Jackets shake off bad loss to Calgary; rally stuns Blackhawks (Saturday)

If the Blue Jackets keep following up bad losses with a big win over teams people say they can’t beat, its going to be a long, long season.

On Friday, they had a very bad loss to Calgary, but rallies from two goals down to beat the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center in Chicago.

The 3-2 win stunned the 20,265 in attendance.

R.J. Umberger, Derick Brassard and Antione Vermette scored the Columbus goals while Marc Methot collected two saves and goaltender Steve Mason stopped 30 shots.

Scott Arniel has Jackets playing well (file photo)

Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash had a 20-minute team meeting and said it was a look-at-yourself-in-the-mirror session.

The key point in the game came late in the second period with the Blackhawks up 2-0 and looking like they were cruising to another win over Columbus.

With 35.7 seconds left, Brassard picked up the puck after Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford had blocked aside a shot by Jakub Voracek. Brassard knocked in the rebound for his first goal of the season.

On the faceoff after the goal, Columbus’ Fedor Tyutin was pasted face-first into the boards by the Blue Jackets bench by Chicago’s Troy Brouwer. That vicious check sent Tyutin to the ice, grabbing his neck in pain. Brouwer was given a five-minute major and in that time frame, the Blue Jackets grabbed the momentum with the long power play which carried over into the third period.

The third period had barely begun, 1:33 to be exact, Tyutin put a shot on goal that glanced off of Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson before R.J. Umberger knocked the rebound past Crawford and just like that, it was 2-2.

At the 6:29 mark, Methot shot a puck inside the blue line and shot a slap shot that Vermette redirected past a stunned Crawford and that was your game-winner.

The Blue Jackets had a nice third period putting 20 shots on goal and finished the night with a season-high 40.

Surprisingly, Columbus is 3-0 on the road and 4-3 overall.

compiled from staff, Columbus Blue Jackets news & NHL news

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