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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

Wisniewski’s return; young kids Johansen, Moore help Jackets get first win


CBJ's Antoine Vermette (50) in a faceoff with Johan Franzen (93) of Detroit (megasportsnews photo)

The Columbus Blue Jackets three weeks of hell, in the words of head coach Scott Arniel ended Tuesday night with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

The Jackets outplayed the veteran Wings and made them chase the puck all night which resulted in the home team getting seven power plays.

It was a night of firsts for Columbus.

James Wisniewski made his Blue Jackets debut after serving an eight-game suspension; rookie Ryan Johansen scored his first NHL goal and added an assist; rookie John Moore scored his first NHL goal and Derek MacKenzie scored his first goal of the year into an empty net.

Columbus came into the game as the only winless team in the league at 0-7-1 with 1 point, the worst start in team history.

There were 15,100 in attendance at Nationwide Arena. It was a welcome sight considering there had been several crowds this year under 10,000.

The addition of Wisniewski, a Michigan native from the Detroit area, was obvious on the defensive end. He played 27 minutes, 21 seconds and saw his first action since the preseason. The veteran free-agent signee from this past off-season was suspended for a hit to the head of Minnesota forward Cal Clutterbuck in an exhibition game on September 23.

Also getting into the scoring column was R.J. Umberger who had a goal and an assist.

Steve Mason down on all fours, stops the Red Wings ( photo)


* With the win last night, the CBJ snapped an eight-game winless skid of 0-7-1. It had been the deepest the team had gone into the season without a win.

* Columbus center Ryan Johansen and defenseman John Moore each scored their first NHL goals in the game. It is the first time in team history the Blue Jackets have had two players score their first NHL goal in the same game. (Information courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau).

* Columbus has scored a power play goal in five straight games (5-of-25) after opening the season 0-for-20 with the man advantage the first four games. The club record for consecutive games with a power play goal is eight, set October 10-November 12, 2002.

* Columbus is now 18-37-10 all-time against Detroit, including an 11-15-7 record at Nationwide Arena.

* Red Wings starting goaltender Jimmy Howard was absent from the team for the birth of his first child.

* Blue Jackets rookie goaltender Allen York played in his first NHL game, logging an official time of 2:33 when Steve Mason left the game to have some work done on his shoulder.

* The Red Wings came into the game 5-0-2 in their last seven regular-season trips to Columbus, Ohio, outscoring the Jackets 19-5.

* Since the start of the 97-98 season, the Red Wings have won more games (746) than any other team in the NHL. Detroit’s 640 regular season wins and 106 playoff victories are both tops in the NHL over that span.


Johan Franzen, 100th career assist 10/15/11 at Minnesota

Johan Franzen, 400th career game 10/21/11 vs CBJ

Brad Stuart, 800th career game 10/21/11 vs CBJ

Nicklas Lidstrom, 1500th career game 10/22/11 at Washington

* Columbus Left wing Rick Nash, in his ninth NHL season, became the first Blue Jacket to play in 600 games with the team last Saturday at Ottawa. His career totals are 262 goals, 234 assists for 496 points in 600 games, leaving him four points shy of 500.

* Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin played the 500th game in his career against Ottawa last Saturday. He has played in 250 games with the Blue Jackets.


48 578 Ryan Johansen CBJ Besides winning what was different about the game cbj 4 det 1

48 580 Ryan Johansen CBJ Columbus frustrated the Red Wings all night it doesn’t happen often cbj 4 det 1

48 583 John Moore CBJ Columbus able to get puck deep had Wings chasing all night cbj 4 det 1


48 592 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit LW a 7-1 loss, now 4-1 Wings started both games losing in 1st period cbj 4 det 1

48 594 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit LW Lack of preperation vs Columbus or not cbj 4 det 1




CBJ’s MacKenzie candidate for Bill Masterton Trophy

Derek MacKenzie in 2011 (photo by Bridget Samuels via wikipedia commons)

The Columbus Blue Jackets are three games away from wrapping up their tenth season overall and ninth without making the playoffs.

However, this season the team has found out that they have several players from their minor league Springfield club, who will be able to stick on the NHL level.

Matt Calvert, Grant Clitsome, Maksim Mayorov and Derek MacKenzie have all been pleasant surprises and can be counted on in future seasons.

The story of MacKenzie is very interesting indeed. He has waited for several years to get a solid chance to show he can play at the National Hockey League level.

The fourth-line center has spent nine, long seasons and 550 games in the American Hockey League and never thought he’d get a chance.

The 29-year-old has played in 60 games, with nine goals, 13 assists, a plus-16 rating and has won 52.7 percent of his faceoffs. He’s fourth on the club with 155 hits, which is amazing, considering he only averages 10:42 minutes per game. His plus-16 rating could be a franchise record among forwards if it can hold up the final three games.

These are the reasons why the Sudbury, Ontario, Canada native has been nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy by the Columbus chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. The trophy is given annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

Bill Masterton Trophy at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto (photo by Kmf164 via wikipedia commons)

The award is named after Bill Masterton, a Minnesota North Stars player who died on January 15, 1968 after sustaining an injury during a hockey game. During his career, Bill showed a high degree of those qualities; perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

The Masterton award was first awarded following the 1967-68 regular season to Claude Provost of the Montreal Canadiens. The 2009-2010 winner was Jose Theodore of the Washington Capitals. He had his best year in goal since the 2001-2002 season, following his son, Chase’s death in 2009. Chase died from complications stemming from pre-mature birth.


Avalanche beat Blue Jackets in shootout, 5-4

The Colorado Avalanche and the Columbus Blue Jackets can relate to lengthy frustrations.

The Blue Jackets had a terrible December. The Avs have had a two-month drought where they went from leading the Northwest Division in December to dropping all the way to 14th place in the Western Conference.

The Avalanche’s shootout win over Columbus, snapped a nine-game home losing streak and have won two straight overall after dropping 20 of their last 21 games.

Milan Hejduk (file photo)

As usual, the Blue Jackets can’t hold a lead in the third period. Daniel Winnick tied the game with a power-play goal with 3 seconds left in regulation, Milan Hejduk scored the only goal in the shootout and the Avalanche beat Columbus 5-4 in the Pepsi Center for their first win since January 24.

For Columbus, R.J. Umberger had two goals, including one short-handed. Derek MacKenzie also scored a short-handed goal and added an assist. Rick Nash scored a goal, Jan Hejda garnered two assists and goalie Steve Mason stopped 28 shots as Columbus blew a 3-1 lead with 14 minutes left in regulation.


* Milan Hejduk became the third player in franchise history to play 900 NHL games for the club and the first to play all 900 exclusively as a member of the Colorado Avalanche.

* Columbus Left Winger Ethan Moreau also played in his 900th NHL game.

compiled from Columbus Blue Jackets & Colorado Avalanche news

Calvert scores hat trick, leads Jackets to win over Phoenix

CBJ head coach Scott Arniel has Jackets on playoff-run (file photo)

Columbus’ 5-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes, a team that the Blue Jackets have a tough time beating, was due to the play of rookie Matt Calvert.

Left winger Calvert, became just the second CBJ rookie to score a hat trick, in leading the way to victory before 16,771 fans at Nationwide Arena.

Calvert’s line, centered by Derek MacKenzie and R.J. Umberger on the right right, could not be stopped by the Coyotes. The line scored three of the goals.

The Blue Jackets are 8-1-1 in their past 10 games and 11-3-3 in their past 17 games and are in the hunt for a Western Conference playoff spot.


Matt Calvert, LW.

R.J. Umberger, RW, contributed a goal and two assists.

Derek MacKenzie, Center, Set up a goal and added two assists.

compiled from Columbus Blue Jackets news

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