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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 regain their energy in dominating San Jose, 4-0

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS DRESSING ROOM PRESS CONFERENCES

52,107 Matt Calvert CBJ LW Columbus’ energy level was there tonight no doubt

52,108 Matt Calvert CBJ LW How did the team gets his speed back to dominate the game tonight

52,109 Ryan Johansen CBJ center Columbus needed a win tonight and dominated play

52,115 Marian Gaborik CBJ RW Team went from no goals to 4 goals good win

52,116 Marian Gaborik CBJ RW He likes young Columbus team going in right direction

52,119 Todd Richards CBJ coach Adding Marian Gaborik to young team has been a huge factor

 

SAN JOSE SHARKS DRESSING ROOM PRESS CONFERENCES

52,095 Joe Thornton San Jose center On another blowout loss at Columbus, 2nd this season

52,096 Joe Thornton San Jose center Sharks 0-3 last 3 trips to Columbus. This was a step back for team

52,098 Joe Thornton San Jose center His thoughts on playing an improved Columbus season

52,099 Brad Stuart San Jose Defenseman Team not ready to face Columbus

52,104 Patrick Marleau San Jose center He has to get his game going, not scoring right now

Marian Gaborik has fit in nicely with young Blue Jackets team (photo by Sam Fahmi, courtesy Columbus Wired)

On Sunday night against the Minnesota Wild, a 3-0 loss, the Columbus Blue Jackets were scrambling all over the ice without any speed or energy and their NHL playoff hopes looked very dim.

But on Tuesday night, they regained their step and energy and routed for the second time this season, the San Jose Sharks, 4-0. The crowd of 17,771 at Nationwide Arena did not know what to expect after Sunday’s debacle, but they saw the CBJ win convincingly.

Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky turned the magic again and stopped all 30 shots, preserving his fourth shutout.

The goal scorers included James Wisniewski, Ryan Johansen, Matt Calvert and Marian Gaborik, providing Columbus to move closer to eighth-place Detroit in the Western Conference by two points.

The Jackets have played San Jose twice in Columbus this season and has won two games by an aggregate score of 10-2 (6-2, 4-0).

THREE STARS OF THE GAME

* Sergei Bobrovsky, Goalie, CBJ: Showed why he is up for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender.

* Marian Gaborik, LW, CBJ: The team’s new Rick Nash scored a goal and an assist.

* Matt Calvert, LW, CBJ: Set the game’s tone with the first goal of the game using his speed.

 

Review: Columbus Blue Jackets 6 San Jose Sharks 3 on Columbus Zoo Night

 

Jungle Jack Hanna was on hand last night for Columbus Zoo night. (2006 photo by Philkon Phil Konstantin via wikipedia commons)

Columbus Zoo Night (megasportsnews.com photo)

THREE STARS OF GAME:

* Jeff Carter, CBJ center: Second hat trick of the season, fourth of career. He’s starting to play well since coming off injured reserve.

* R.J. Umberger, CBJ LW: Had his first Gordie Howe hat trick which is a goal, assist and a fight.

* Rick Nash, CBJ LW: Had plenty of hop-and-skip in his step with a goal and an assist.

GAME NOTES:

* The Blue Jackets revived power-play has been on fire lately. They began the season 0-for-20 and had the worst in the league. Recently, by scoring their 11th power-play goal in the past nine games, has raised their percentage to 30.8 during that time and 20th in the league.

* The Blue Jackets, believe it or not, have the 3rd-most power plays in the NHL with 228.

* The hat trick by Jeff Carter was the second scored by Columbus this season and the 21st in franchise history. It was the 12th hat trick at Nationwide Arena and the first since Matt Calvert’s three goals on February 25, 2011 vs. Phoenix.

* Columbus is 12-for-39 on the power-play for 30.8 percent, the last nine games.

* The CBJ scored the first goal of the game for the 26th time this season and are 12-10-4 in those games.

* Columbus overall vs. San Jose Sharks is 14-26-4 all-time, 11-9-2 at Nationwide Arena.

* There were 14,625 fans in attendance last night.

* Center Antoine Vermette played in his 600th game of his NHL career last night by picking up an assist on David Savard’s goal.

*Center Jeff Carter played in his 500th game of his NHL career last night. It was his second hat trick the past 17 games, the other was December 22 at Nashville.

* Goalie Steve Mason earned his eighth win of the season. It was the 85th overall win of his CBJ career, setting a franchise record for goaltender wins. He was able to achieve the honor in 206 games and broke Marc Denis’ record of 84 wins which was earned in 266 games.

Since coming off injured reserve, Jeff Carter is playing like an All-Star (megasportsnews.com photo)

SAN JOSE SHARKS POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM AUDIO:

Head Coach Todd McLellan

http://bluejackets.nhl.com/v2/ext/2012/PressBox/PostGameAudio/McLellan022112.mp3

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM AUDIO:

Goaltender Steve Mason

http://bluejackets.nhl.com/v2/ext/2012/PressBox/PostGameAudio/Mason022112.mp3

Interim head coach Todd Richards

http://bluejackets.nhl.com/v2/ext/2012/PressBox/PostGameAudio/Richards022112.mp3



CBJ’s MacKenzie candidate for Bill Masterton Trophy

Derek MacKenzie in 2011 (photo by Bridget Samuels via wikipedia commons)

The Columbus Blue Jackets are three games away from wrapping up their tenth season overall and ninth without making the playoffs.

However, this season the team has found out that they have several players from their minor league Springfield club, who will be able to stick on the NHL level.

Matt Calvert, Grant Clitsome, Maksim Mayorov and Derek MacKenzie have all been pleasant surprises and can be counted on in future seasons.

The story of MacKenzie is very interesting indeed. He has waited for several years to get a solid chance to show he can play at the National Hockey League level.

The fourth-line center has spent nine, long seasons and 550 games in the American Hockey League and never thought he’d get a chance.

The 29-year-old has played in 60 games, with nine goals, 13 assists, a plus-16 rating and has won 52.7 percent of his faceoffs. He’s fourth on the club with 155 hits, which is amazing, considering he only averages 10:42 minutes per game. His plus-16 rating could be a franchise record among forwards if it can hold up the final three games.

These are the reasons why the Sudbury, Ontario, Canada native has been nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy by the Columbus chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. The trophy is given annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

Bill Masterton Trophy at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto (photo by Kmf164 via wikipedia commons)

The award is named after Bill Masterton, a Minnesota North Stars player who died on January 15, 1968 after sustaining an injury during a hockey game. During his career, Bill showed a high degree of those qualities; perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

The Masterton award was first awarded following the 1967-68 regular season to Claude Provost of the Montreal Canadiens. The 2009-2010 winner was Jose Theodore of the Washington Capitals. He had his best year in goal since the 2001-2002 season, following his son, Chase’s death in 2009. Chase died from complications stemming from pre-mature birth.

 

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