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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.


Russell called up from Springfield; makes NHL debut

 

Ryan Russell (Montreal Canadiens photo)

Columbus Blue Jackets farmhand Ryan Russell has been recalled from the American Hockey League’s Springfield franchise on Friday and made his National Hockey League debut against the Los Angeles Kings earlier this afternoon.

Russell, who is the identical twin brother of former Blue Jacket Kris Russell, who has since been traded to the St. Louis Blues, had nine goals and six assists in 30 games with the Falcons this season.

Russell is 24 years old.

 

Info compiled from the Springfield Falcons & Columbus Blue Jackets

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.

 

 

Another trip to Nashville, another loss 3-2

Whenever the Blue Jackets travel to Nashville to play in the Gaylord Entertainment Center, Nashville Arena, Sommet Center or now the Bridgestone Arena, it doesn’t matter, Columbus can’t win no matter what name is on the hockey rink.

The Predators win 3-2 on several bad breaks towards the Jackets before 16,340 fans.

The bad breaks included a curious call by the NHL review room in Toronto, a goal scored off the face of a Blue Jackets defenseman and a bad bounce at the end of a late Blue Jackets power play ended up a loss.

Bridgestone Arena home of the Nashville (photo by Evula via wikipedia commons)

Columbus have lost 16 straight games (0-11-5) in Nashville, a losing skid that dates back to April 3, 2006.

The CBJ received goals from rookie Matt Calvert and Kris Russell. Goaltender Mathieu Garon finished with 25 saves.

THE THREE STARS OF THE GAME:

Defenseman Shea Weber of Nashville, One goal, One assist, four hits and three blocked shots.

Center David Legwand of Nashville, scored the game-winner with 95 seconds to go in regulation.

Left winger Matt Calvert of Columbus, continued his goal-scoring streak to four.

compiled from Columbus Blue Jackets news

Nashville beats Columbus in shootout, 4-3

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE


The Columbus Blue Jackets garnered a point in losing the shootout to Nashville, 4-3. But to several players, it was very disappointing to just get one point against an undermanned, tired and mistake-prone team.

The crowd on hand at Nationwide Arena, 9,892 were visably upset at times with the listless play by the Jackets.

Kris Russell's game is improving (megasportsnews.com photo)

The only Columbus players who showed up and were accounted for include: Antoine Vermette, Kris Russell, Rick Nash and R.J. Umberger.

Vermette scored two goals and Russell, who has been improving of late, added a goal.

Head coach Scott Arniel was upset with several players and their ice time was reduced for the third period. They included Anton Stralman, Jake Voracek and Derick Brassard.

In the shootout, Columbus went 0 for 3 as goalie Pekka Rinne stopped Jake Voracek, Rick Nash and Antione Vermette without much suspense. Nashville won on Steve Sullivan’s goal in the second round.

POSTGAME AUDIO FROM THE NASHVILLE PREDATORS DRESSING ROOM (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

46 106 Pekka Rinne Nashville goalie Hard fought game team rewarded (WPKO WBLL)

46 107 Pekka Rinne Nashville goalie Team looked fresh after playing on Tuesday (WPKO WBLL)

46 110 Kevin Klein Nashville Def Pekka Rinne erases defensive mistakes (WPKO WBLL)

46 111 Kevin Klein Nashville Def Their power play is starting to come around (WPKO WBLL)

POSTGAME AUDIO FROM THE COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS DRESSING ROOM (To listen to an audio file click on the link)

46 113 Kris Russell Columbus Def Disappointed not getting two points (WPKO WBLL)

46 117 Mike Commodore Columbus Def CBJ last NHL club to lose back to back games (WPKO WBLL)

46 121 Scott Arniel Columbus coach Not satisfied getting a point (WPKO WBLL)

46 122 Scott Arniel Columbus coach Shortened his bench late in game (WPKO WBLL)

46 127 Scott Arniel Columbus coach Kris Russell had a solid game (WPKO WBLL )

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