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Blue Jackets streak reaches four in 3-0 victory over Red Wings; earns first season series win over long-time nemesis


51,925 Jonas Gustavsson Detroit goalie His first start was not too good

51,928 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit LW Was the effort there against Columbus

51,930 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit LW Were the penalties from a lack of energy

51,931 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit LW Tomorrow night at home vs CBJ what can you do better



51,934 Jared Boll Columbus LW Red Wings players say they see a confidence in CBJ this season

51,935 Nick Foligno CBJ LW Columbus in control of game starting 3rd period vs. Detroit is rare

51,937 Nick Foligno CBJ LW The team has been starting games strong during win streak

51,940) Nick Foligno CBJ LW The young guys from the AHL farm team have been keys during win streak

COLUMBUS, O. — There was a time when the Columbus Blue Jackets probably never looked forward to playing the Detroit Red Wings.

Back in the early days of the franchise, the CBJ would play a good game, be in the game, be leading and somehow would lose due to bad luck, bad goaltending, bad defense or just not having a talented team to overcome one of the NHL’s all-time winningest franchises.

Cam Atkinson

But today, the Blue Jackets are a team on the rise. They’re scrappy, can play with anybody, has a very solid defenseman corps and the goaltending is on par with anybody.

On Saturday, they beat the Red Wings 3-0 in a game where they dominated from start to finish before a delighted crowd of 17,957 at Nationwide Arena. All of the Detroit fans, who always make the 250-mile trip, probably left the game thinking, the CBJ can’t be counted on for an easy win anymore.

Columbus did not play into overtime as they had the previous five games. ”It’s nice to play 60 minutes instead of 65,” Nick Foligno said with a laugh, to several reporters after the game.

The Red Wings usually have a very strong power play, but they’re 24th in the NHL at only 14.7 percent. However, on the road, their having all kinds of problems. going 0 for 36 after an 0-for-3 day yesterday.

According to a radio report after Saturday’s game, Detroit’s streak of ineptness on the road power play is the fourth-worst to start a season since 1987-88. The Minnesota Wild, who came into the NHL the same season as the Blue Jackets, in their inaugural season in 2000-2001, failed to score on their first 47 power plays. The Atlanta Thrashers were 0 for 42 in 2001-2 and the New York Rangers  in 1999-2000 were 0 for 39.

Jack Johnson

The Blue Jackets have beaten Detroit three straight games and has a 3-0-1 record this season and has earned points in every game for the first time ever in a season series.

Granted, the Blue Jackets were facing a backup goaltender in Jonas Gustavsson, but the Red Wings still have an explosive team on the ice in Justin Abdelkader, Daniel Cleary, Pavel Datsyuk, Jordin Tootoo, Henrik Zetterberg, Jonathan Ericsson, Niklas Kronwall and Johan Franzen. They can score a bunch of goals at anytime, but they can be stopped and frustrated if you control the puck and that’s exactly what Columbus did. In fact, the CBJ won 64% of the faceoffs against a team that is tough to win a draw from.

But this is a Detroit team that no longer has the services of Nicklas Lidstrom, their long-time captain and defenseman who led the team on the ice, but he retired after last season. And the difference in the team’s defense has been very noticeable as the opposition are able to penetrate deep and beat their goalies on a consistent basis.

The Red Wings could not solve Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had who made 29 saves in his first career shutout.

The team received goals from Cam Atkinson, Jack Johnson and Foligno to garner 10 points in their last six games after getting 12 in their first 19.

Nick Foligno

The Blue Jackets are 9-12-4 with 22 points, good for 12th in the Western Conference.


* Some of the Blue Jackets said they’re slowly getting used to the 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. starting times this season. The Red Wings are more used to it due to playing in several nationally-televised games than most teams in the Western Conference.

* This year in the first period, the Blue Jackets, due to slow starts, are a minus-10. You would not have known by yeaterday’s game.

* Are 20-39-12 all-time vs. Detroit.

* The Blue Jackets are perfect on the penalty kill over the past eight games, stopping all 21 power plays they’ve encountered.

* Columbus hadn’t won four in a row since March 1-8, 2012.

* Prior to yesterday’s game, Columbus had not had any shots on goal on the power play in the previous four and did not on their first man advantage Saturday.

* Scratches for Saturday were C Artem Anisimov and D Cody Goloubef.


* Prior to Saturday’s game, had only given up only 3 goals in last 8 games.

* Were 5-1-1 in its previous five games.

* played without defensemen Kent Huskins and Ian White who were scratches.

* Detroit was without the services of C Valterri Filppula, with a bad shoulder for the sixth game in a row.






Hawks, Philips Arena to be sold to Meruelo


Philips Arena in Atlanta Georgia in November 2010 (photo by Magnus Manske via wikipedia commons)

The Atlanta Hawks and their home court, Philips Arena will be sold to California pizza chain owner and developer Alex Meruelo. The team will remain in Atlanta.

The deal is subject to approval by the NBA.

Meruelo, founder of the Meruelo Group and CEO of LaPizza Loca. is Cuban-American. He is the first Hispanic owner of an NBA franchise.

The Hawks ownership group, which is led by Michael Gearon, Jr. and Bruce Levenson, also have sold the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL to a group which moved them to Winnipeg, Manitoba.


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Thrashers move to Winnipeg, Manitoba now official

MTS Centre home of Winnipeg NHL team (photo by wpg guy via wikipedia commons)

The fans of the new Winnipeg NHL team can now celebrate for real!

The NHL board of governors unanimously approved the sale of the Atlanta Thrashers this week, opening the way for the club to move to Winnipeg, Manitoba for the 2011-2012 season.

True North Sports and Entertainment bought the team last month and announced it was transferring the Thrashers to Winnipeg, which lost the Jets to Phoenix following the 95-96 season.

The sale of the Thrashers reportedly is for $170 million, including a $60 million relocation fee that is divided among the rest of the National Hockey League owners.


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Atlanta Thrashers move to Canada still in the works


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The Atlanta Thrashers’ owners and Winnepeg’s True North Sports and Entertainment are still negotiating on the legal details of the sale to relocate the team for next season.

When the deal is completed, the team would be moving to Winnipeg.

True North would pay $110 million for the team and another $60 million to the National Hockey League as a fee for relocating the team.


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CBJ’s Nash named captain for Team Canada at 2011 IIHF Hockey Championships


Hockey Canada announced earlier in the week that Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Rick Nash has been named captain for Team Canada at the 2011 IIHF World Championships, which are taking place currently through May 15 in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia.

Hockey Canada has also announced four alternate captains who will split these duties over the course of the event: Atlanta Thrashers left wing Andrew Ladd, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf, Ottawa Senators Jason Spezza and New Jersey Devils Travis Zajac.

Rick Nash (file photo)

The 26-year-old Nash, is a five-time NHL All-Star who led the Blue Jackets in scoring with 32-34-66 in 75 games this season. The native of Brampton, Ontario is a Team Canada veteran having represented his country at the 2010 and 2006 Olympic Games, the 2008, 2007 and 2005 World Championships and the 2002 World Junior Championships.

Nash has won gold medals at the 2010 Olympics and the 2007 World Championships (All-Tournament Team selection) and earned a silver medal at the 2008 and 2005 (All-Tournament Team) World Championships and 2002 WJC tournament.


Info courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets

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