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

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

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.

(file photo)

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.



Bengals get Reggie Nelson from Jacksonville to shore up defensive backfield

The Cincinnati Bengals acquired safety Reggie Nelson from Jacksonville in exchange for cornerback David Jones and a conditional draft pick in a trade on cutdown Saturday in the NFL.

The Bengals are hoping that Nelson will shore up their safety corps that has been weakened when Gibril Wilson injured his left knee ligaments and was placed on injured reserve. Nelson started 42 games during his three seasons with the Jaguars, but after a stellar rookie season where he intercepted five passes, he only produced two in the next couple of seasons combined.

Reggie Nelson (NFL)

David Jones (NFL)

Jones has been primarily a reserve cornerback with the Bengals, who had claimed him off waivers in 2007 from New England, who had drafted him in the fifth round that same year. He filled in for an injured Johnathan Joseph in the starting lineup for seven games in 2008, his only starts in three years with Cincinnati. Jones has no interceptions in his NFL career.

compiled from Cincinnati Bengals & Jacksonville Jaguars news

Bengals offense comes alive in 33-24 win over Denver Broncos

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

CINCINNATI, OHIO — The Bengals did not need Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens or any of their regulars Sunday night, in a come-from-behind pre-season win over the Denver Broncos at Paul Brown Stadium before  a crowd of 51,278.

The Bengals could not do anything right on offense or defense the previous Sunday in the Hall of Fame Game in Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio against the Dallas Cowboys.

Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (Oklahoma photo)

Bengals PK Dave Rayner (NFL)

However, everything was better this week, offense, defense, special teams and the rookies.

The passing game was much improved, mainly due to a solid offensive line.

Two of their top rookie, Jermaine Gresham and Jordan Shipley, were all over the field catching footballs and providing the spark the offense needed.

Gresham pulled in three receptions for 37 yards and made a key block on running back Cedric Benson’s 21-yard run early in the first quarter. Jordan Shipley caught a team-high five receptions for 50 yards and he also ran back kickoffs and punt returns totaling another 56 yards.

The Bengals piled up 409 total offensive yards to 287 for Denver. The Bengals put the game away with a 12-play touchdown drive that went 92 yards ending on a one-yard dive by James Johnson, another of Cincinnati’s young, small and quick running backs. That touchdown gave the Bengals a 30-17 lead with 12:47 to go in the fourth quarter.

The Bengals backup players had their moments.

Jerome Simpson caught a nice 21-yard pass from J.T. O’Sullivan. After missing his first four passes, O’Sullivan completed five of his next six passes for 84 yards passing, which generated two drives culminating in field goals.

Backup cornerback David Jones showed why the Cleveland Browns gave up on Dublin, Ohio native Brady Quinn, by picking off a pass into the right flat and returning it 24 yards for a touchdown, giving the Bengals a 17-14 lead in the second quarter.

Place kicker Dave Rayner, in a battle with former Ohio State star Mike Nugent, had four field goals.

The Bengals will get four days to prepare for Friday night’s game against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles.

Bengals & Broncos pre game warmups (megasportsnews.com)

Paul Brown Stadium Field (megasportsnews.com)


GAME NOTES

* The Denver Broncos were very consistent in 2009. They ended up 8-8, good for 2nd place in the AFC West Division. They scored 326 points and gave up 324. They were 4-4 at home, 4-4 on the road, 6-6 against AFC competition, 2-2 against the NFC AND 3-3 against their own division. They started the season at 7-0 and went 1-8 the rest of the way and ended the season losing 4 in a row.

* Denver finished with a 93-67 (.581) regular-season record during the 2000′s to mark its third straight decade with 90 or more wins, the only team in the NFL to accomplish that feat during the last three decades.

* Denver returns 15 offensive players who started at least one game for the team in 2009, including 16-game starter OL Ryan Clady who became the fifth player since the 1970 NFL merger to receive first-team AP All-Pro honors at tackle by his second pro season.

* CB Champ Bailey, S Brian Dawkins and LB Elvis Dumervil represented the Broncos in the 2010 Pro Bowl, as Bailey’s ninth selection to the all-Star game tied for the most in league history at the cornerback position.

* K Matt Prater finished strong in 2009 by making 10 of his final 20 field goal attempts and tying for third in the league as well as in broncos history with 30 field goals made on the season.

* The Broncos had nine selections in the 2010 NFL DRAFT. The two most notable picks are Tim Tebow of Florida and Eric Decker of Minnesota.

QB Tim Tebow, picked in the first round, 25th overall, was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy for three consecutive years. He won the award in 2007 and was part of two national championship teams in 2006 and 2008 during a record-setting career when he recorded a 170.8 passing efficiency, 2nd in NCAA Football Subdivision history.

WR Eric Decker, selected in the 3rd round, 874th overall pick, set school career records with 227 receptions and 3,119 receiving yards that rank sixth and eighth, respectively, in Big Ten Conference history.

SOUNDS FROM THE BENGALS POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE WITH HEAD COACH MARVIN LEWIS AND QUARTERBACK CARSON PALMER

45 343 Marvin Lewis Bengals coach Overall thoughts on win over Denver (megasportsnews.com)

45 347 Marvin Lewis Bengals coach On Jermaine Gresham’s play at TE (megasportsnews.com)

45, 349 Carson Palmer Bengals QB Any frustrations after no points on first two drives (megasportsnews.com)

45 350 Carson Palmer Bengals QB On TE Jermaine Gresham play (megasportsnews.com)

45, 351 Carson Palmer Bengals QB Is Jermaine Gresham getting a comfort level (megasportsnews.com)

45 352 Carson Palmer Bengals QB Having a weapon at TE to throw to like Jermaine Gresham (megasportsnews.com)

45 354 Carson Palmer Bengals QB On Jordan Shipley improving and Quan Cosby as a play maker (megasportsnews.com)

45 355 Carson Palmer Bengals QB On his observation of Denver rookie Tim Tebow (megasportsnews.com)

On Tuesday, we’ll have the comments from wide receiver Jordan Shipley and defensive back David Jones on their play thus far in the pre-season.