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2014-15 Blue Jackets ready for another NHL Playoff run with yet another young team

The Columbus Blue Jackets have come a long way from the days of depending on superstar Rick Nash to carry them.

The past two seasons without Nash, the team has posted winning records of 24-17-7 for 55 points in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season where Blue Jackets just missed the playoffs via a tiebreaker against the Minnesota Wild, who had more non-shootout wins.  To 43-32-7 for 93 points and the playoffs in 2013-14.

The team has relied on several players to lead them to their winning ways: G Sergei Bobrovsky, F Artem Anisimov, F Cam Atkinson, F Matt Calvert, F Brandon Dubinsky, F Nick Foligno, F Boone Jenner, F Ryan Johansen and F Mark Letestu. On defense, the leaders include Jack Johnson, Ryan Murray, Dalton Prout, David Savard, Fedor Tyutin and James Wisniewski. So the days of relying on one superstar player is done and over with.

However, on the eve of training camp last week, the team was told by Johansen and his agent that they did not like the contract offers that were extended by the Blue Jackets. The Jackets have offered Johansen more money than what other top players are getting at his position.

The Blue Jackets organization is loaded with young talent. This year’s team may see some younger players added to the roster.

The winning ways started to happen when the CBJ signed  John Davidson and Jarmo Kekalainen who both had worked for the arch-rival St. Louis Blues to run the Hockey Operations as President and GM respectively.

Both Davidson and Kekalainen talked about the upcoming season of Blue Jackets hockey.

BLUE JACKETS MEDIA DAY PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO:

54,904 B John Davidson CBJ VP On money offered to Ryan Johansen 2014

54,905 John Davidson CBJ VP Is the team prepared to play without Ryan Johnansen 2014

54,910 A John Davidson CBJ VP On hockey players coming out of entry level contracts 2014

54,910 B John Davidson CBJ VP On the team has other stars to lead way other than Ryan Johansen 2014

54,915 A John Davidson CBJ VP On team having slow starts last 2 years 2014

54,910 B John Davidson CBJ VP On the team has other stars to lead way other than Ryan Johansen 2014

54,915 C Jarmo Kekalainen CBJ GM On what is expected in the CBJ camp do play better 2014

54,916 A John Davidson CBJ VP On the community talking Blue Jackets Hockey 2014

54,916 B John Davidson CBJ VP The business side of the CBJ is in a upswing with the team winning 2014

So far in the preseason, Columbus is 3-0 beating Carolina, St. Louis and Pittsburgh.





Boston Bruins use strong third period to hold off scappy Blue Jackets, 3-1

(courtesy Boston Bruins)

 

BOSTON BRUINS POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM AUDIO

52,597 Tuukka Rask Boston goalie Team’s defense stepped up in front of him in 3rd period 10 12 13

52,600 Tuukka Rask Boston goalie Going up against Sergei Bobrovsky he knows a low scoring game is the norm 1012 13

52,601 Tuukka Rask Boston goalie He was determined not to let in another goal after CBJ led 1-0 10 12 1352,607

Brad Marchand Boston Bruins center Tips hat to G Tuukka Rask for holding off CBJ in 3rd period 10 12 13

 

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM AUDIO

(courtesy Columbus Blue Jackets)

52,608 Jack Johnson CBJ Def Team had chances just couldn’t score 10 12 13

52,609 Jack Johnson CBJ def The Jackets are playing solid hockey in first four games 10 12 13

52,611 Todd Richards CBJ head coach Boston blocks shots so well. Is there another team like them 10 12 13

52,612 Todd Richards CBJ head coach This was a big early test for CBJ. Did he like what he saw even in losing 10 12 13

 

COLUMBUS, O. – The Columbus Blue Jackets matched the physical style of the Boston Bruins. But Boston showed how a championship caliber team can separate itself in a close game and outplayed Columbus in the third period to win 3-1 Saturday afternoon.

With the loss, the Blue Jackets, new to the NHL’s Eastern Conference, are 0-2 at home. Both of their wins have come on the road.

The game-winning goal was scored by Loui Eriksson, his first with the Bruins.

Eriksson, acquired last summer in the big trade that sent Tyler Seguin to Dallas, scored 150 goals for the Stars. He started the season scoreless in three games for the Bruins.

Starring for the Blue Jackets were Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and Defenseman Jack Johnson. Johnson scored on a first-period power play.

Bobrovsky, last season’s Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s top goalie, stopped 33 shots.

BOSTON GAME NOTES:

* Claude Julien coached in his 700th NHL game (378-233-10-79).

* Both teams will face Detroit in their next game. The Bruins will host the Red Wings on Monday, and the Blue Jackets will play at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday.

* The meeting was the first of three between the teams this season – the only one in Columbus.

* Boston’s Johnny Boychuk left after blocking a shot in the third period, but he returned.

COLUMBUS GAME NOTES:

* The Blue Jackets recalled C Ryan Craig from the AHL’s Springfield Falcons  before the game but he was a healthy scratch.

* Columbus F Nick Foligno played in his 400th NHL game.

* The Blue Jackets were without LW Matt Calvert (lower body) and lost LW Blake Comeau (lower body) in the second period.

 


Blue Jackets streak reaches four in 3-0 victory over Red Wings; earns first season series win over long-time nemesis

DETROIT RED WINGS POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM AUDIO

51,925 Jonas Gustavsson Detroit goalie His first start was not too good

51,928 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit LW Was the effort there against Columbus

51,930 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit LW Were the penalties from a lack of energy

51,931 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit LW Tomorrow night at home vs CBJ what can you do better

 

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM AUDIO

51,934 Jared Boll Columbus LW Red Wings players say they see a confidence in CBJ this season

51,935 Nick Foligno CBJ LW Columbus in control of game starting 3rd period vs. Detroit is rare

51,937 Nick Foligno CBJ LW The team has been starting games strong during win streak

51,940) Nick Foligno CBJ LW The young guys from the AHL farm team have been keys during win streak

COLUMBUS, O. — There was a time when the Columbus Blue Jackets probably never looked forward to playing the Detroit Red Wings.

Back in the early days of the franchise, the CBJ would play a good game, be in the game, be leading and somehow would lose due to bad luck, bad goaltending, bad defense or just not having a talented team to overcome one of the NHL’s all-time winningest franchises.

Cam Atkinson

But today, the Blue Jackets are a team on the rise. They’re scrappy, can play with anybody, has a very solid defenseman corps and the goaltending is on par with anybody.

On Saturday, they beat the Red Wings 3-0 in a game where they dominated from start to finish before a delighted crowd of 17,957 at Nationwide Arena. All of the Detroit fans, who always make the 250-mile trip, probably left the game thinking, the CBJ can’t be counted on for an easy win anymore.

Columbus did not play into overtime as they had the previous five games. ”It’s nice to play 60 minutes instead of 65,” Nick Foligno said with a laugh, to several reporters after the game.

The Red Wings usually have a very strong power play, but they’re 24th in the NHL at only 14.7 percent. However, on the road, their having all kinds of problems. going 0 for 36 after an 0-for-3 day yesterday.

According to a radio report after Saturday’s game, Detroit’s streak of ineptness on the road power play is the fourth-worst to start a season since 1987-88. The Minnesota Wild, who came into the NHL the same season as the Blue Jackets, in their inaugural season in 2000-2001, failed to score on their first 47 power plays. The Atlanta Thrashers were 0 for 42 in 2001-2 and the New York Rangers  in 1999-2000 were 0 for 39.

Jack Johnson

The Blue Jackets have beaten Detroit three straight games and has a 3-0-1 record this season and has earned points in every game for the first time ever in a season series.

Granted, the Blue Jackets were facing a backup goaltender in Jonas Gustavsson, but the Red Wings still have an explosive team on the ice in Justin Abdelkader, Daniel Cleary, Pavel Datsyuk, Jordin Tootoo, Henrik Zetterberg, Jonathan Ericsson, Niklas Kronwall and Johan Franzen. They can score a bunch of goals at anytime, but they can be stopped and frustrated if you control the puck and that’s exactly what Columbus did. In fact, the CBJ won 64% of the faceoffs against a team that is tough to win a draw from.

But this is a Detroit team that no longer has the services of Nicklas Lidstrom, their long-time captain and defenseman who led the team on the ice, but he retired after last season. And the difference in the team’s defense has been very noticeable as the opposition are able to penetrate deep and beat their goalies on a consistent basis.

The Red Wings could not solve Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had who made 29 saves in his first career shutout.

The team received goals from Cam Atkinson, Jack Johnson and Foligno to garner 10 points in their last six games after getting 12 in their first 19.

Nick Foligno

The Blue Jackets are 9-12-4 with 22 points, good for 12th in the Western Conference.

COLUMBUS GAME NOTES

* Some of the Blue Jackets said they’re slowly getting used to the 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. starting times this season. The Red Wings are more used to it due to playing in several nationally-televised games than most teams in the Western Conference.

* This year in the first period, the Blue Jackets, due to slow starts, are a minus-10. You would not have known by yeaterday’s game.

* Are 20-39-12 all-time vs. Detroit.

* The Blue Jackets are perfect on the penalty kill over the past eight games, stopping all 21 power plays they’ve encountered.

* Columbus hadn’t won four in a row since March 1-8, 2012.

* Prior to yesterday’s game, Columbus had not had any shots on goal on the power play in the previous four and did not on their first man advantage Saturday.

* Scratches for Saturday were C Artem Anisimov and D Cody Goloubef.

DETROIT RED WINGS

* Prior to Saturday’s game, had only given up only 3 goals in last 8 games.

* Were 5-1-1 in its previous five games.

* played without defensemen Kent Huskins and Ian White who were scratches.

* Detroit was without the services of C Valterri Filppula, with a bad shoulder for the sixth game in a row.

 

PHOTOS COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

 

 

 

Blue Jackets’ Johnson helps USA in rout of France

 

New Columbus Blue Jackets star Jack Johnson is making a name for himself on the world hockey stage as well.

Johnson, Bobby Ryan, Max Pacioretty, Jim Slater and Jeff Petry all scored a goal in USA’s 7-2 rout of France in the Group A game.

Jack Johnson (file photo)

New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo scored two goals for the U.S. team in the first game of the world hockey championship in Helsinki.

The USA plays Canada on Saturday (today).

The always-tough Canadians won their opener vs. Slovakia, 3-2.

 

Info compiled from USA Hockey, Radio & TV news

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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