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

ST. LOUIS BLUES AUDIO

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



Umberger’s hat trick, penalty-kill, Mason’s goaltending fuels 5-1 win over Carolina

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets showed Friday night in their 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, how good they can be as a team.

They dominated the game from the outset and received excellent work between the pipes by goaltender Steve Mason, a solid penalty-kill and a hat trick from R.J. Umberger.

Vinny Prospal collected a goal and assist in win (photo by Jason Mowry courtesy ColumbusWired.net)

R J Umberger scored a hat trick in the win (photo by Jason Mowry courtesy Columbuswired.net)

Coming into Friday’s matchup with one of the NHL’s worst teams in the Blue Jackets, Carolina at 30-29-15, 75 points on the season, are trying to chase down the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference from Buffalo or Washington.

But with only seven games remaining, the defeat was a costly one for the Hurricanes who are 11th in the East race, fell seven points behind the eight spot.

They should’ve known the Blue Jackets have been tough on playoff-caliber teams since Todd Richards took over for the unpopular Scott Arniel on January 9.

R.J. Umberger has had an up-and-down season, but he is one of the team’s most popular players due to the fact that he is an Ohio State hockey product and he gives his all whether the team is winning or losing and he wants to be a part of the franchise when things turn upward.

But March 23 became Umberger’s day with three goals for the second time in his Jackets career, third overall to fuel the team’s 24th win of the season.

Other heroes included Vinny Prospal with a goal and assist, Steve Mason, who has won six of his last eight starts, stopped 39 shots in goal against a good Carolina lineup featuring Eric Staal, Tuomo Ruutu, Jeff Skinner, Brandon Sutter, Jiri Tlusty and Jussi Jokinen.

Derick Brassard assisted on each of Umberger’s goals, while Nikita Nikitin and Jack Johnson garnered two assists. Johnson also earned his 100th assist of his career.

The key part of the game was the start of the third period when the Blue Jackets killed off a 5-on-3 penalty-kill leading 3-1. The Hurricanes did not score and that was the game.

Carolina goaltender Cam Ward looked lost all night as the Jackets scored five goals on 26 shots.

GAME NOTES

* Columbus has won two of its last three games after dropping the four previous games.

* The hat trick scored by R.J. Umberger was the third this season and 22nd in the franchise’s history. The now-traded and unpopular Jeff Carter had the other two.

* Columbus scored the first goal of the game for the 34th time this season. The team is 18-12-4 in those games. When leading after the first period they are 13-2-1 and 18-6-2 leading after two periods.

* The Blue Jackets are7-6-0 all-time vs. Carolina, 4-2-0 at Nationwide Arena. Overall, the Jackets have won five straight games vs. the Hurricanes.

* Goalie Steve Mason is 4-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage in four games against Carolina.

CAROLINA HURRICANES POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM

50,222 Drayson Bowman Carolina LW The Canes got enough power plays and shots

50,223 Drayson Bowman Carolina LW The game got away from them in the 1st period

50,226 Brandon Sutter Carolina Center Not the way they should be playing trying for playoffs

50,228 Kirk Muller Carolina coach Team looked tired tonight

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS DRESSING ROOM

50,231 R.J. Umberger CBJ center He was in on key 5 on 3 penalty kill to start 3rd period

50,234 R.J. Umberger CBJ center A hat trick is rare, his 2nd as a Blue Jacket

50,236 Todd Richards CBJ coach 5 on 3 PK to start 3rd period was key up 3-1

50,237 Todd Richards CBJ coach This team shows that it could be good at times with a game like this

Nash dominates Phoenix with two goals; Blue Jackets win 5-2

 

Rick Nash (megasportsnews.com photo)

Columbus Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash shows why he is so important to the team and franchise.

Nash was his old self with an outstanding performance on the ice, scoring two goals and an assist in leading Columbus to a 5-2 victory at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale.

The Jackets usually struggle against Phoenix, but are 2-0 against the Western Conference’s third-best team.

Columbus also has four straight wins against teams in a playoff spot or trying to earn one.

In 32 games career games against Phoenix, Nash has 33 points, including 17 goals.

THREE STARS:

* Rick Nash, RW, Blue Jackets, had his first three-point game of the season.

* Derick Brassard, C, Blue Jackets, scored a goal, had an assist and a plus-3 rating.

* Steve Mason, Goalie, Blue Jackets, made 30 saves and won back-to-back games for the first time since February 2011.

 

Info compiled from Columbus Blue Jackets & NHL news

Strong first period leads Dallas over Columbus, 4-2

 

Jamie Benn scored 2 goals for Dallas (photo by Resolute in 2009 via wikipedia commons)

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Dallas Stars are fighting for a playoff spot and if they have the lead going into the third period, the law of averages favors them.

The Stars are 16-0-0 when leading after two periods, which ties them for first in the league. The last time they have lost a game in regulation when leading into the third period, was on October 31, 2009. From that point forward, they are 57-0-5.

Thursday night at Nationwide Arena, the Blue Jackets discovered why the Stars are so good in protecting a lead as the visitors prevailed, 4-2.

The Stars went up 3-0 21 minutes into the game, but the Blue Jackets scored two power-play goals and then had several chances to get the tying goal in the final period but couldn’t get the puck passed Kari Lehtonen who had 26 saves.

Jamie Benn scored two goals, Stephane Robidas had a goal and an assist, and Mike Robeiro added two assists for the Stars who badly need points every game because they are 12th in the Western Conference but only two points behind 8th place Minnesota for the final playoff spot.

Columbus, who has looked more like a real team under interim coach Todd Richards, scored twice in the second period, both on power plays. Vinny Prospal and Rick Nash scored, while Fedor Tyutin and Derick Brassard garnered two assists each.

It was a tough night for two players, defenseman Marc Methot left the game with a broken jaw and right winger Jared Boll broke his foot.

GAME NOTES:

*** NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, met with the media before the game and was in attendance. Earlier in the day, he made the announcement of the 2013 Winter Classic between Detroit and Toronto at the University of Michigan’s football stadium.

*** Scouts were in the pressbox at Nationwide Arena with the trading deadline just 2 1/2 weeks away. The scouts were from Nashville, Ottawa, Detroit, San Jose, New Jersey, Montreal, Vancouver, Chicago, St. Louis and Tampa Bay.

POST-GAME AUDIO FROM THE DALLAS STARS DRESSING ROOM:

49 556 Jamie Benn Dallas LW The first period start was a key for the Stars

49 557 Jamie Benn Dallas LW Tomas Vincour had a fine game tonight on line with Ott & Benn

49 558 Alex Goligoski Dallas Defenseman Big win for Dallas to started game well

49 559 Alex Goligoski Dallas defenseman It’s a battle every night for points & playoff spot

 

POST-GAME AUDIO FROM COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS PRESS CONFERENCE

49 544 Todd Richards CBJ coach Columbus not ready to start game in 1st period

49 545 Todd Richards CBJ coach Marc Methot’s injury

49 548 Todd Richards CBJ coach The Power Play was working tonight with two goals

49 549 Todd Richards CBJ coach Jared Boll’s injury

49 550 Todd Richards CBJ coach Derick Brassard is finally coming around as a player

 

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE


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

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