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Blue Jackets rally from 2-0 deficit to beat Edmonton; Richards now 2-2 as coach


Curtis Sanford with Vancouver in 2008 (photo by Mister Leung via wikipedia commons)

The Columbus Blue Jackets are playing well under interim head coach Todd Richards.

The team seems to be responding to his techniques and instruction. That could not be said for fired coach Scott Arniel, who ended up blaming the media for the team’s troubles in his final month with the team.

On Tuesday night, the Jackets were down 2-0 to the Edmonton Oilers, just 8:50 into the game and Richards called a timeout to just give the team a breather and to remind them the game is not won or lost in the opening period.

In the past under Arniel, this team did not have rallies to win, but under the more experienced Richards, they have the capability and they did.

The Blue Jackets beat the Oilers 4-2 in Nationwide Arena before a nice crowd of 13,814.

For the first time all year, covering 45 games, the Jackets rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win.

Curtis Sanford was the winning goaltender, stopping 21 of 23 shots for Columbus.

The goal scorers included Ryan Johansen and the 3 Derricks (all different spellings), Derick Brassard, Derek MacKenzie and Derek Dorsett.

The 3 stars of the game were MacKenzie, Dorsett and Brassard.


Info compiled from Columbus Blue Jackets news

Richards gets first win as Blue Jackets beats Coyotes, 4-3


Todd Richards (Blue Jackets photo)

The Columbus Blue Jackets have waited awhile to get a win at home.

It came last night at Nationwide Arena, after center Derick Brassard blocked a shot with three seconds left to help seal a 4-3 win over a team the Jackets usually have trouble beating, the Phoenix Coyotes.

Columbus survived a third period where the Coyotes kept pressing to tie the game. It was the team’s first at home since December 13 and their first win in regulation at home since November. It also represented their first win under interim head coach Todd Richards.

Brassard was not the only hero in last night’s win. In his seventh NHL game, Tomas Kubalik and left wing Ryan Russell in his fourth NHL game, each scored their first NHL goals.

Blue Jackets star Rick Nash scored a goal and the assist for the four goals were distributed among eight players. Let’s not forget about goaltender Curtis Sanford, who made 32 saves, 27 of them in the final two periods.


* Derick Brassard, Blue Jackets center, scored a goal, collected an assist and a game-ending block of a shot

* Lauri Korpiloski, Coyotes left wing, scored a goal, dished out two assists and was in on every goal for his team

* Ryan Russell, Blue Jackets left wing, scored his first NHL goal which turned out to be important in the team’s win


Info courtesy of Columbus Blue Jackets news

Blue Jackets dominate Buffalo, 5-1


James Wisniewski had two assists vs. Buffalo (file photo)

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Don’t look now, but the Columbus Blue Jackets are on a hot streak and have been playing solid hockey for two weeks.

The CBJ are on a points streak of five games and are 4-1-2 since a horrible 2-12-1 start. They’re starting to look like an NHL playoff contender.

Captain Rick Nash led the way with two goals and goalie Curtis Sanford played like an All-Star in goal again as Columbus ran Buffalo goalie Jhonas Enroth early in the second period of as the home team won 5-1 on Friday night at Nationwide Arena.

The injury-riddled Sabres have lost three games in a row.

Enroth came into the game with a 7-2-1 record filling in for All-Star goalie Ryan Miller who is out with a concussion. He was pulled by head coach Lindy Ruff after allowing four goals on 18 shots in 24:29 of action.

Joining Nash in leading the Jackets to their highest goal total and largest margin of victory this season were, Mark Letestu, Marc Methot and R.J. Umberger who scored goals.

Registering assists for Columbus were, Ryan Johansen, James Wisniewski and Jeff Carter with two assists each.

The crowd of 16,705 saw Columbus dominate the game from the outset without a threat of a letdown.


* Columbus left wing Vinny Prospal became the 268th player to play in 1,000 NHL games in a career. He is the sixth player from the Czech Republic to achieve the milestone. He was Philadelphia’s second pick, 71st overall player in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.

*Vinny Prospal leads the Jackets in scoring with 19 points in 22 games.

* Buffalo came into the game tied with San Jose for the best road record in the league at 7-2-0.

* Blue Jackets head coach Scott Arniel was an assistant coach under Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff from 2002-2006.



Mason goes on IR; York recalled from Springfield


Steve Mason has a head injury ( photo)

Steve Mason, who was supposed to be the goaltender we saw play as a rookie, but instead has played the way he did last season, had another setback at practice on Monday.

The former NHL rookie of the year suffered a head injury after a shot by Rick Nash struck him in the head during the morning skate.

The Blue Jackets recalled Allen York from minor-league Springfield to backup current starting goalie Curtis Sanford.

Sanford has started three games, winning two and will start on Wednesday at New Jersey.

Mason ranks last in the NHL goaltending categories of goals-against average (3.63) and saves percentage (.875).


Info compiled from the Columbus Blue Jackets, Radio & TV news

Sanford activated as backup goalie for CBJ; York back to minors


Goalie Curtis Sanford with Vancouver January 2008 (photo by Mister Leung via wikipedia commons)

The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated goaltender Curtis Sanford off injured reserve and have assigned goalie Allen York to the team’s Springfield, Massachusetts affiliate in the AHL

Sanford has been out of action the last 10 games due to a pulled groin muscle suffered in practice on October 17.

York has been the CBJ’s backup to starter Steve Mason. He played in four games going 0-1-0.

Sanford, who is 32 years old, has played for Montreal, Vancouver and St. Louis in his career. He began his pro career in 2000 as an undrafted free agent. He has played in 109 NHL games.


Info courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets

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