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St. Louis Blues win game in first period with 3 goals en route to 4-1 win over CBJ

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51,860 Barret Jackman St. Louis Defenseman The Blues have everybody contributing each night 1 31 13

51,864 Barret Jackman St. Louis defenseman Brian Elliott was tough in goal tonight 1 31 13

51,865 Barret Jackman St. Louis defenseman Blues with two solid goalies in Halak & Elliott crucial in short season 1 31 13

51,866 Scott Nichol St. Louis center Blues scored 3 in first period to win but Columbus made them earn it 1 31 13

 

Derek Dorsett gets into a tussle with St. Louis' Chris Stewart

The Blues simply have the Blue Jackets number

COLUMBUS, O. — The theme of the Columbus Blue Jackets thus far this season is S-L-O-W  S-T-A-R-T-S and head coach Todd Richards blasted the team earlier in the week in a loss at Minnesota.

So in Thursday’s home game against Central Division rival St. Louis, you’d expect a great game from the team against a hated rival?

The team did the opposite, again!

After playing well for the first three shifts of the game, the Blue Jackets found themselves trailing again 1-0 at the 2:19 mark as Blues defenseman Barret Jackman used screens by his teammates to float a puck past goalie Sergei Bobrovsky from the blueline.

St. Louis was not done yet.

Center Patrik Berglund scored at 10:23 on a power-play goal for a 2-0 advantage and Bobrovsky’s night was done when rookie right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored a goal while falling backwards after running into CBJ defenseman James Wisniewski. An upset Richards had seen enough, as he put it in the postgame, “Sergei has to get better and I wanted to shock the team by switching goaltenders.”

Entering the game was Steve Mason, who the fans are lukewarm with due to his past failures, but on this night, he was a hero playing solid and confident stopping all 13 shots by the Blues.

The fourth goal by the Blues was scored by right winger David Backes, an empty-netter with 21 seconds to go.

Derick Brassard scored the Blue Jackets only goal

CBJ center Derick Brassard scored the lone CBJ goal on a power-play at 16;51 of the second period to make the score 3-1. The team could not get anything else past goalie Brian Elliott who always seems to beat Columbus as a backup goaltender.

The game had a common thread, the Blue Jackets lost to the Blues again, going 8-2 in the last 10, 5-2-0 at Nationwide Arena, 5-2-0 in the past 7 in Columbus and overall 31-25-13.

The game had several fights which are common in division games with several players getting game misconducts, Jared Boll of Columbus and Ryan Reaves of St. Louis.

Barret Jackman, one of the Blues' leaders got the team off to a good start on Thursday night

The crowd of 11,155 fans went left the arena unhappy again with the Blue Jackets dropping another home game.

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM STARS OF THE GAME:

*Barret Jackman, D, Blues: Got his team off to a good start in a road contest early.

*Brian Elliott, G, Blues: Survived on 25 shots allowing only one goal, but the CBJ kept him undersieged.

*Steve Mason, G, Blue Jackets: Looked quick in goal and confident. The only real bright spot from the game for the home team.

 

Nationwide Arena's new scoreboard is a big hit with the fans

Steve Mason came into the game with the CBJ trailing 3-0 and allowed no goals making 13 saves (photo by Jason Mowry, courtesy ColumbusWired.net)

 

 

 

PHOTOS BY JASON MOWRY, COURTESY ColumbusWired.net



Former CBJ coach Hitchcock has Blues singing NHL playoffs

 

Ken Hitchcock (photo by Mickey Reeves)

There was no doubt that before Ken Hitchcock got to St. Louis, the Blues hockey team was not anywhere near being an NHL playoff team under the direction of Davis Payne.

But since the former Blue Jackets coach has been behind the bench, the Blues are singing playoffs.

Since his hiring, St. Louis is 23-6-7 and are only two points behind Detroit for first place in the overall NHL standings.

The Blue Jackets management must be seething right now because they could’ve re-installed him behind their bench while he was still a club adviser, but elected to wait out a turnaround with now-fired Scott Arniel.

One of the reasons the Blues are so good, is that they have one of the best one-two punches in goal with Bruce Elliott and Jaroslav Halak. Elliott is 15-5-1 with a 1.68 goals-against-average while Halak is 13-7-5 with a 2.00 GAA. The duo have combined for 9 shutouts.

 

Info compiled from St. Louis Blues, NHL, Radio & TV news

 

In wake of another loss, CBJ swaps Russell to rival Blues for Nikitin

 

Nikita Nikitin with St. Louis Blues (By Bluesgirl64, Jen Ketchel Photography via wikipedia commons)

I was sitting in Nationwide Arena pressbox on Thursday night after another Columbus Blue Jackets loss, this time to Chicago, 6-3 and my Twitter account was blowing up with all these rumors of a trade going to happen before the night was over.

There was a trade, involving Central Division rivals, the Blues and Blue Jackets.

With Ken Hitchcock, the former coach of the CBJ in St. Louis, there are certain players in Columbus he desires.

One of those is Kris Russell, who has underachieved in Columbus. He is now a member of the St. Louis Blues.

The Blue Jackets get a taller defenseman in return, 6’3, 190-pound Nikita Nikitin.

Nikitin is 25 years old and was the 136th overall pick of the Blues in the 2004 NHL draft.

The trade of Russell is a no-brainer because first round pick John Moore is a younger player and has shown more promise each game he’s played. Russell, who has an expensive contract, was expendable. Nikitin is a restricted free agent at season’s end and comes cheaper at $600,000 a year.

In 2010-2011, Nikitin made the surprising advancement from the KHL in Russia to the Blues and their farm team in the AHL, Peoria. In 41 games with St. Louis, he scored 1 goal with 8 assists and 9 points. With Peoria, he was 3-11-14 in 22 games. He shows some promise.

Both are puck-moving defensemen, but the Blue Jackets needed a more physical player which Russell is not.

 

 

St. Louis beats Blue Jackets, 4-1

(megasportsnews.com photo)

The Columbus Blue Jackets knew when they went to St. Louis that the Blues were looking for revenge for the 8-1 dumping they took at Nationwide Arena on November 10.

The Jackets looked anything but a hockey team as the Blues had it relatively easy for 60 minutes in a 4-1 win at the Scottrade Center.

Columbus fumbled the puck, had several unforced turnovers and they allowed three power-play goals and were o-for-8 with the man advantage themselves. So the power-play has still not found a cure.

It was the sixth loss in the past seven games.

Alex Steen, Jay McClement, Vladimir Sobotka and David Backes scored for St. Louis.

Jan Hejda scored for Columbus.

compiled from staff & Columbus Blue Jackets news