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POSTGAME NOTES: Houston Dynamo 2 Columbus Crew 2

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Crew made a lineup change and it resulted in much-improved play in their 2-2 draw with the Houston Dynamo at Crew Stadium on Saturday night before 10,479 fans who braved cloudy, chilly conditions.

The Crew received both goals off the foot of Eddie Gaven in the 63rd and 74th minutes.

The Dynamo had goals from Will Bruin in the 59th and Brian Ching in the 81st.

Both teams earned a point. The Dynamo are 2-1-2 on the season with 8 points, good for 4th place in the Eastern Conference. The Crew are 2-3-1 with 7 points for an uncharacteristic 6th place in the East. The Crew came into the game with two lackluster losses in a row to New York and Philadelphia.

COLUMBUS CREW POSTGAME LOCKERROOM AUDIO

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GAME NOTES

* Houston is playing its first seven games on the road due to the completion of their new home, the BBVA Compass Stadium which will open on May 12.

BBVA Compass Stadium (photo courtesy of Populous Architects via wikipedia commons)

* Houston did not dress MF Brad Davis or FW Brian Ownby due to injuries.

* The Dynamo are coached by Dominic Kinnear who has taken the franchise to two MLS Cup games, going 1 and 1.

* In 13 games vs. the Crew, the Dynamo are 2-4-6, 1-3-3 in Columbus.

* The Crew had two starters who made their first MLS starts, Josh Williams and Nemanja Vukovic.

* The Crew’s new starting lineup looked quicker and promising.

* The Crew was using a new 4-1-3-2 alignment.

* The Crew did not dress DF Julius James, FW Tommy Heinemann, GK William Hesmer, MF Dilly Duka and FW Ben Speas due to injuries.

* The Crew have given up the first goal of the game in the last 3 matches in a row.

* Former Crew midfielder Adam Moffat came back to Columbus to play for the Dynamo. He played 44 games with 5 goals from 2007-2010 for the Crew.

HOUSTON STARS OF THE GAME

Brian Ching

Will Bruin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLUMBUS CREW STARS OF THE GAME

Eddie Gaven

Nemanja Vukovic

Aaron Schoenfeld

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Player photos courtesy of the MLS





Linsanity is over for now as Lin tears meniscus

 

Jeremy Lin of Knicks (2011 photo by Gary King via wikipedia commons)

It was not long ago this current NBA season that the New York Knicks had tried out three point guards before settling on Jeremy Lin, who had been cut by Golden State and Houston.

He became an instant world-wide star in the NBA with back-to-back Sports Illustrated covers but now his season has ended.

The 23-year-old Lin will miss the rest of the regular season due to knee surgery that will keep him out of action six weeks. If the Knicks make it to the playoffs, he might be able to comeback in the Eastern Conference finals.

Lin had an MRI recently that showed a small, chronic meniscus tear.

Lin was having a great season for a player who had bounced around for the first few weeks at the start. He averaged 14.1 points, 6.1 assists.

Lin became the first American-born player of Taiwanese or Chinese descent to play in the NBA, and took the Knicks on a seven-game winning streak which was surprising with a team that has Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudamire as its star players.

 

Info compiled from NBA & New York Knicks news

 

POSTGAME NOTES: COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS 4 FLORIDA PANTHERS 1: On Columbus Chill night

FLORIDA PANTHERS DRESSING ROOM AUDIO

50,291 Kevin Dineen Florida coach Not pleased with any aspect of the loss to CBJ

50,292 Kevin Dineen Florida coach It’s natural to be tired this time of year. How do you get rid of it

50,293 Kevin Dineen Florida coach Any concerns with this team right now heading to Detroit

50,296 Kevin Dineen Florida coach Nice ovation for him from Columbus fans as a former CBJ player

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS DRESSING ROOM AUDIO

50,304 Todd Richards CBJ coach Key moments York goaltending, shutting down 5 on 3 PP

50,309 Todd Richards CBJ coach On Nikita Nikitin’s production of 32 points was this expected when trade was made

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have been playing playoff contending teams very tough the past two months.

Friday night was no exeception as they defeated the Florida Panthers from the Eastern Conference, 4-1.

 

(courtesy of Columbus Blue Jackets)

Again, it was the stellar play of goaltender Allen York with 30 saves and the defensive effort on the penalty-kill that sealed the game for Columbus.

The Jackets received goals from R.J. Umberger (16,17) and Nikita Nikitin (6,7) in the win.

The Blue Jackets saluted the 20th anniversary of the Columbus Chill, who were established in 1991. The fans still love the Chill as they were all sorts of caps, jerseys, jackets worn throughout the arena.

The game had a nice, enthusiastic crowd for a Friday night of 17, 944.

FLORIDA GAME NOTES:

* The Panthers are fighting for a playoff spot with 90 points and a 37-25-16 record.

* They are coached by former original Blue Jackets star, Kevin Dineen, who many feel, fans and media, should’ve been hired as head coach here when the team hired Scott Arniel.

* Dineen received a nice ovation from the fans as he was being recognized during the game. The fans always liked his all-out, hard-nosed play.

* The Panthers are vying for their first playoff berth in 12 years (2000).

* The team has the 10th-best power play in the NHL.

* One negative stat on Florida, is they lead the NHL in bench minors with 16, which includes two Friday night of too many men on the ice. Dineen says that is his fault and they have to clean it up.

* One of the reasons why Florida is so good, is they’ve picked up players who were stars elsewhere: Scottie Upshall, Mikael Samuelsson, Brian Campbell, Tomas Kopecky and Ed Jovanovski.

(file photo)

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS GAME NOTES:

* The Blue Jackets honored the Olentangy Orange hockey team who were winners of the annual CBJ hockey tournament.

* The hockey game was played inside while weather conditions around the Columbus area had several tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings. Like they say, “The game must go on!”

* The Blue Jackets have scored 18 goals the past five games or 3.6 per game during that period.

* Defenseman Dalton Prout became the 40th player to play for Columbus this year. Of the 40, he is the 20th to make his Jackets debut and seventh to make his NHL debut. All are franchise records.

* Columbus scored the first goal of the game for the 37th time this season. The team is 20-13-4 in those games, 15-3-1 leading after the first period and 20-6-2 leading after the 2nd period.

* The Blue Jackets lifetime are 8-4-0 all-time vs. Florida, including 4-2-0 at Nationwide Arena. Columbus has won five straight games in the series.

* Defenseman Nikita Nikitin, acquired in the Kris Russell trade earlier in the season, has set career highs in several categories: goals (7), assists (24), points (31) and games played (57). One of the best trades this organization has ever made.

* The Jackets now have a record of 26-45-7 for 59 points on the year.


POST-GAME NOTEBOOK: Columbus Crew 2 Montreal Impact 0

 

Columbus Crew Stadium. Columbus, Ohio

65 degrees

cloudy skies

Time of game: 1:58

Goals: Columbus, 30th minute, Milovan Mirosevic and 66th minute, Olman Vargas.

Records: Crew (1-1-0), Impact (0-2-1).

Saves: Andy Gruenebaum 6 (winner), Donovan Ricketts 7 (loser).

MONTREAL IMPACT GAME NOTES:

 

*The Impact are the 19th MLS team.

* They are the third Canadian team along with Toronto & Vancouver.

* One former Columbus Crew on the team in Josh Gardner.

* Jesse Marsch, a former MLS player is the head coach.

* 3 former Akron Zips soccer players are on the team; Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Zarek Valentin and Evan Bush.

* Evan Bush was born in raised in Concord Township in Ohio.

* Director of soccer operations Matt Jordan was an MLS goalkeeper for two seasons in Columbus with the Crew. In the middle of 2004, helping the team win the Eastern Conference championship and the MLS Supporters’ Shield.

Olympic Stadium, former home of the Expos, will be the Impact's home until their stadium is done. (2006 photo by Tolivero via wikipedia commons)

* The Impact will play their home games at Olympic Stadium, which seats 66,308. It is the former home of the 1976 Olympic Games and MLB’s defunct Montreal Expos, who are now the Washington Nationals. For their first home game against the Chicago Fire, the Impact had over 60,000 fans.

* The Impact use a 4-4-2 alignment.

* The team’s only goal in history to date has been off the foot of captain Davy Arnaud, who scored in the 56th minute of its match against Chicago, a 1-1 tie. Arnaud took a Sanna Nyassi cross and knocked it into the upper right corner of the Fire’s net.

COLUMBUS CREW POST-GAME LOCKERROOM INTERVIEW

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COLUMBUS CREW GAME NOTES:

 

 

* The Crew are 6-1-2 vs. Canadian teams overall.

* Crew Stadium will be 13 years old in May 2012.

* Crew captain Chad Marshall made history in the season opener in Colorado. He became the third Columbus Crew player ever to make 200 appearances with the franchise. He joins Jeff Cunningham (203) and Mike Clark (221) who have played more games than any other with the Crew.

The 27-year-old Marshall will have plenty of time to catch those players.

* The Crew honored the NCAA Division III National Champion Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops at halftime of FIRST KICK 2012. OWU WENT 23-2 en route to winning their second men’s soccer title in school history.

Crew Soccer Academy product Travis Wall led the team with 19 goals and 15 assists, including a goal in the 2-1 win over Calvin College on December 5, to win the title.

* The Crew uses a 4-5-1 alignment on the field.

Milovan Mirosevic scored his first goal of season

Olman Vargas scored an insurance goal

Andy Gruenebaum in a rare start shows he's a capable goalkeeper, shutting out Montreal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

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