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Posts Tagged ‘John Moore.’

Capitals stun Blue Jackets with four, 3rd period goals; wins 4-2

 

Alex Ovechkin (file photo)

COLUMBUS, OHIO — If the NHL had a rule where the teams could play only two periods instead of three, the Columbus Blue Jackets would be one of the top teams in the league. They usually out-play teams for the first 40 minutes most of the time.

But the 3rd period is the enemy of the Blue Jackets and it reared its ugly noose around the teams neck again on New Year’s Eve night.

The Jackets leading and dominating the game for 2 periods, saw their 2-0 advantage slip away as Washington scored four goals in a span of 6:40 overall and tying and go-ahead goal in a span of :28 seconds in a 4-2 loss.

Heartbreaking, late game collapses have slowed the Jackets all year long and has fans and media wondering when changes will be made to the coaching staff. Columbus has been outscored 52-26 in the 3rd period this season.

Alex Ovechkin, the star of the Capitals scored the first and last goals in the four-goal period.

A few weeks ago, there was talk around the NHL that Ovechkin was losing his game because he only scored eight goals in the Capitals first 29 games. But he has rebounded to post seven goals in the last eight games, including a six-game points stretch of six goals and three assists.

Winning and scoring late in games is nothing new to Washington, always a Stanley Cup contender. The Capitals have scored 12 third period goals in their past six games. They’ve scored 46 goals overall in the final period this year, one of the best in the National Hockey League.

The disappointed crowd of 18,199 at Nationwide Arena did witness some positive play by the Jackets as they received goals from rookie John Moore and Sammy Pahlsson.

The three stars were: Alex Ovechkin and Dennis Wideman from Washington. Sammy Pahlsson was the Blue Jackets selection.

Columbus head coach Scott Arniel, obviously hearing and feeling the heat from fans and media, walked out of  his post-game press conference after answering only six questions. He was irritated when two reporters pointed out that the team is getting hammered on 4-on-4 play. Arniel said the stats were even, but another reporter said the Jackets are getting outscored 8-1 in 4-on-4 hockey. Then the beleaguered coach walked out of the room.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM PRESS CONFERENCE

49 123 Dennis Wideman Washington Def 4-0n-4 hockey in 3rd period turned the game around for Capitals

49 128 Dennis Wideman Washington def This past week was a crucial time for the Capitals

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM PRESS CONFERENCE

49 133 Derek Mackenzie CBJ center The inability to close out games is the team’s biggest problem

49 134 Scott Arniel CBJ coach Another 3rd period letdown. How much more can the team take

 

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

 

In wake of another loss, CBJ swaps Russell to rival Blues for Nikitin

 

Nikita Nikitin with St. Louis Blues (By Bluesgirl64, Jen Ketchel Photography via wikipedia commons)

I was sitting in Nationwide Arena pressbox on Thursday night after another Columbus Blue Jackets loss, this time to Chicago, 6-3 and my Twitter account was blowing up with all these rumors of a trade going to happen before the night was over.

There was a trade, involving Central Division rivals, the Blues and Blue Jackets.

With Ken Hitchcock, the former coach of the CBJ in St. Louis, there are certain players in Columbus he desires.

One of those is Kris Russell, who has underachieved in Columbus. He is now a member of the St. Louis Blues.

The Blue Jackets get a taller defenseman in return, 6’3, 190-pound Nikita Nikitin.

Nikitin is 25 years old and was the 136th overall pick of the Blues in the 2004 NHL draft.

The trade of Russell is a no-brainer because first round pick John Moore is a younger player and has shown more promise each game he’s played. Russell, who has an expensive contract, was expendable. Nikitin is a restricted free agent at season’s end and comes cheaper at $600,000 a year.

In 2010-2011, Nikitin made the surprising advancement from the KHL in Russia to the Blues and their farm team in the AHL, Peoria. In 41 games with St. Louis, he scored 1 goal with 8 assists and 9 points. With Peoria, he was 3-11-14 in 22 games. He shows some promise.

Both are puck-moving defensemen, but the Blue Jackets needed a more physical player which Russell is not.

 

 

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 (megasportsnews.com photo)

GAME NOTES:

* 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.

* MILESTONES REACHED BY RED WINGS PLAYERS IN 2011-12:

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.

POSTGAME AUDIO FROM THE COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS DRESSING ROOM

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

POSTGAME AUDIO FROM THE DETROIT RED WINGS LOCKER ROOM

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

 

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

 

Blue Jackets send Moore back to Springfield Falcons

The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned defenseman John Moore to the Springfield Falcons, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate.

John Moore (file photo)

The 20-year-old Moore made his NHL debut vs. Edmonton on February 5. He had a +1 pus/minus rating one blocked shot Friday night at Chicago. He has tallied three goals and 16 assists in 48 games for Springfield this season, which is his first as a pro. He leads all Falcons defensemen in assists, while ranking second in points.

compiled from Columbus Blue Jackets news

Blue Jackets assign defenseman John Moore to Springfield Falcons

John Moore (file photo)

The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned defenseman John Moore to the Springfield Falcons, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate.

The 20-year-old Moore, appeared in one game with the Blue Jackets after his recall on February 3, making his NHL debut vs. Edmonton on February 5. He has earned three goals and 15 assists for 18 points and 12 penalty minutes in 47 games with Springfield this season, which is his first as a professional. At the time of his recall, Moore led all Falcons defensemen in assists and points (tied) and represented the club at the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic.

The 6’3, 200-pound native of Winnetka, Illinois was the Blue Jackets’ first pick, 21st overall in the 2009 Entry Draft.

Info courtesy of Columbus Blue Jackets

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