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Minnesota Wild 3 Columbus Blue Jackets 0; CBJ lack of energy is costly

MINNESOTA DRESSING ROOM PRESS CONFERENCES

52,069 Charlie Coyle center Minn Wild The win helps team get back on track

52,070 Charlie Coyle center Minn Wild Penalty Kill was a key plenty of hard work

52,072 Charlie Coyle center Minn Wild Team plays better when getting lead first in game

52,080 Niklas Backstrom goalie Minn Wild The team bottled up Columbus on defense all night

 

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS DRESSING ROOM PRESS CONFERENCES

52,081 Jack Johnson CBJ defenseman Two power play goals by Wild, how tough was that to overcome

52,082 Jack Johnson CBJ defenseman What went wrong versus Minnesota tonight

52,085 Todd Richards CBJ coach Specialty teams were the keys in the loss tonight

52,086 Todd Richards CBJ coach Could not get anything going vs. Wild. Team hadn’t played a game like this in awhile

(courtesy of Columbus Blue Jackets)

For the past two months, the Columbus Blue Jackets have been in every game and have played playoff-style hockey which this town has been waiting for since the last playoff berth four years ago.

But on Sunday night in a key matchup versus Minnesota, they lacked energy and it cost them dearly.

The Wild used their energy to score two power-play goals in a 3-0 shutout before a dazed crowd of 15,909 at Nationwide Arena.

The loss ended the Blue Jackets’ 12-game home points streak (9-0-3), which is a franchise record.

The loss also hurt their playoff chances. The CBJ remain four points behind Detroit for the eighth playoff spot in the West and only nine games remaining in the season.

Columbus never really tested Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom with only 24 shots on goal.

THREE STARS OF THE GAME

* RYAN SUTER, WILD Defenseman, played 31 minutes and scored a goal

*  NIKLAS BACKSTROM, WILD Goaltender, encountered an easy night facing just 24 shots

* JASON POMINVILLE,WILD Right Wing, scored a goal and an assist


Blue Jackets lose to Buffalo; losing streak causes concern

The Blue Jackets traveled to the Lake Erie city of Buffalo, New York and wished they hadn’t. The CBJ’s winless streak reached four as they lost 5-0 last Friday night.

The Blue Jackets were the last NHL team to lose consecutive games. But they ran in the Detroit Red Wings twice in three days and we all know that the polished Wings can cool off any team in the NHL at any time. Since then, the Jackets appear tight, and tentative and fans think back to the December swoon of last year which ultimately cost Ken Hitchcock his job.

Jochen Hecht (file photo)

The 18,529 fans at HSBC Arena, who have watch their beloved Sabres play inconsistently all season, got their money’s worth as Buffalo jumped on the Jackets quickly.

Columbus trailed 2-0 after the first period and were outshot badly 28-11 at one point of the second.

The frustration set in during the third period with three fights.

The Sabres received goals from Jochen Hecht, Jason Pominville, Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis and Tomas Vanek. All-Star goalie Ryan Miller had 19 saves.

The Jackets were 0-6 on the power play that gets worse every game.

Info compiled from staff, NHL & Columbus Blue Jackets news

NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference (Friday results)

compiled from staff and wire reports

Tuukka Rask Boston (nhl)

Adam Mair, Jason Pominville and Mike Grier scored in the first 30 minutes for the Buffalo Sabres, who came back from a devastating loss and beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 to force a sixth game in the Eastern Conference first-round series.

Boston goalie Tuukka Rask had outplayed Buffalo’s Ryan Miller, as the Bruins had won three straight tight games.

The Sabres broke through early in this one, with Mair scoring on Buffalo’s first shot. The Bruins didn’t recover.

Alex Ovechkin Washington (nhl)

Terrific goaltending by Jaroslav Halak and a pair of early goals as eighth-seeded Montreal beat Washington, 2-1.

Halak made 37 saves in his return to the net, Michael Cammalleri and Travis Moen scored on two of the Canadiens first five shots.

Alex Ovechkin scored the Capitals only goal in the second period.

Buffalo Sabres clinch playoff spot; Goalie Lalime wins 200th game

compiled from staff and internet  reports

The Buffalo Sabres routed the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday night, giving the team its first playoff berth since 2007.

Patrick Lalime (Buffalo)

Goalie Patrick Lalime  picked up the 200th win of his career. Lalime, who was 0-4-1 with a no-decision since posting win  number 199 against Pittsburgh on December 29, became the 66th NHL goalie to reach the milestone. He made 22 saves in shutting down the Lightning who have Vincent Lecavalier and  Martin St. Louis as their star players and can score goals at will.

Lalime’s teammate, Jason Pominville, with a goal and two assists, surpassed the 300-point milestone for his career.