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Blue Jackets sign Mike Blunden to two-way contract

Mike Blunden (file photo)

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed one of the young, promising players, forward Mike Blunden to a one-year, two-way NHL-American Hockey League contract.

The 24-year-old Blunden appeared in one game for Columbus in 2010-11. He collected 12 goals and nine assists for 21 points and had 41 penalty minutes in 37 games with the Springfield Falcons, Columbus’ AHL affiliate. He missed the majority of the season due to injury.

The Toronto, Ontario native played in 40 games for the Blue Jackets in 2009-10 scoring 2 goals and adding two assists.

He made his NHL debut with Chicago on October 25, 2006 against Vancouver. Blunden has career totals of 2-2-4 with 69 penalty minutes in 51 career NHL games.

Chicago’s second pick, 43rd overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft, Blunden was acquired from the Blackhawks in exchange for Adam Pineault on January 10, 2009. He has recorded 52-68-120 and 294 penalty minutes in 240 career AHL games for Springfield, Syracuse and Norfolk.

 

Info courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets

 

NHL PRESEASON: Blue Jackets beats Thrashers, 5-2 with non-star players

Scott Arniel is off on a positive note in Columbus (megasportsnews.com)

The Columbus Blue Jackets won their preseason opener under new head coach Scott Arniel in Atlanta, 5-2 over the Atlanta Thrashers Tuesday night.

Jonathan Sigalet and Mike Blunden scored 26 seconds apart in the first period.

Tom Sestito had a goal and two assists for Columbus, who played without Rick Nash, R.J. Umberger, Rusty Klesla. Antione Vermette or any of its star players.

The Blue Jackets also received goals from Oliver Gabreil and Matt Calvert plus assists from Kyle Wilson and Nate Guenin who each had two.

Mathieu Garon started in goal for Columbus and made 12 saves on 13 shots. He was relieved by David LeNeveu late in the second period.

Ondrej Pavelec went all the way in goal for the Thrashers, facing 26 shots.

Columbus, with its new uptempo style under Arniel, led 2-0 before six minutes were gone in the game. Sigalet put a shot past Pavelec and Wilson fed Blunden in front of the goal for an easy goal.

Info compiled from staff, NHL & Columbus Blue Jackets news

Blue Jackets re-sign Mike Blunden

The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed one of their promising young forwards in Mike Blunden to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Blunden scored two goals and had two assists with 59 penalty minutes in 40 games with the Blue Jackets in 2009-2010. He scored the first goal of his career against the Chicago Blackhawks back in March.

Mike Blunden (NHL)

Blunden also scored seven goals with nine assists in 25 games for the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League. The Crunch were Columbus’ top minor league affiliate but Springfield, Massachusetts will be the affiliate in 2010-2011.

Blunden, a Toronto native, was Chicago’s second pick, 43rd overall in the 2005 draft. The Blue Jackets acquired him from the Blackhawks in exchange for Adam Pineault (pih-nyoh’) on January 10, 2009.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets

Detroit dazzles the Blue Jackets with 3 goals in 1:16 span

compiled from staff and wire reports.

The Detroit Red Wings can pour it on when they want to or when they have to. They basically coasted for two periods against Columbus Wednesday night before put their gears in overdrive.

Tomas Holmstrom scored twice and Dan Cleary added a goal in a 1:16 span of the third period in Detroit’s 4-3 comeback victory over Columbus.

Niklas Kronwall had a goal and an assist, and Jimmy Howard made 21 saves for the Red Wings in their final home game of the regular season.

Mike Blunden (cbj)

Sammy Pahlsson (cbj)

Mike Blunden had a goal and an assist, R.J. Umberger, Sammy Pahlsson also scored, and Steve Mason stopped 31 shots for Columbus.
Holmstrom’s power-play goal tied it at 2 at 8:05 of the third period. Henrik Zetterberg’s shot deflected in off Holmstrom’s skate.
It took only 40 seconds for Holstrom to demonstrate more of his front-of-the net positioning skills as he deflected Nicklas Lidstrom’s one-time slap shot past Mason for Holmstrom’s 24th goal, also on the power play. Cleary capped the outburst with his 15th goal, on a wrist shot from the high slot at 9:21.
GAME NOTES
 
* Columbus Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash missed his second game because of a sore neck and back.
* Red Wings RW Patrick Eaves has dual loyalties in the NCAA Frozen Four, which is being played at Detroit’s Ford Field this weekend. The field includes Boston College, where Eaves used to play for, and Wisconsin, where his father, Mike Eaves, coaches. Eaves paid a visit to both team’s practices on Wednesday morning and afternoon.
 
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Blue Jackets start fast en route to demolishing Chicago, 8-3

Columbus, Ohio–The Columbus Blue Jackets have rarely had a so-called easy game this season. But Thursday night’s Central Division clash against the Chicago Blackhawks would definitely qualify as one.

Columbus scored in every period, 2 in the first, 4 in the second and 2 in the third to completely baffle the number 1 team in the Western Conference. It’s baffling because the Jackets came into the game 0-2-2 against Chicago this season.

The Jackets came out of the locker room with much aggressiveness as they scored in the first :32 seconds of the game as Mike Commodore, not known as scorer, shot the puck off a tough angle and past Chicago’s shaky goaltender Cristobal Huet, for a quick 1-0 lead.

Chicago, a little perturbed about being behind to a team that they should handle easily, tried to get a fight started as RW Adam Burish got tangled up in the corner with Derek Dorsett of the Blue Jackets. The officials gave Dorsett a roughing penalty on the play. Then defenseman Brent Seabrook got tangled up with Dorsett later in the period, but nothing came of it.

Samuel Pahlsson had 2 assists (CBJ)

Columbus went up 2-0 as Rick Nash had an open shot, but got the puck to Kristian Huselius who also was open, and he put it past Huet to make it 2-0 at the 12:08 mark of the first period. It was Huselius’ 3rd goal against Chicago and 22nd of the season.

The Blackhawks did come alive towards the end of the first period but it was clear, that they did not come out of the locker room ready to match the Blue Jackets intensity.

In the second period, Chicago started to show why they’re the number 1 team in the Western Conference with 99 points. They came out of the locker room with an urgency and it paid off as RW Kris Versteeg scored off a rush at the 2:15 mark to cut the lead down to 2-1 Columbus.

Everybody in Nationwide Arena started buzzing after that goal, because they’ve seen it happen over and over all season, that the Jackets will dominate the first period and come out flat in the second and fall behind in the game. They’ve seen it happen against the Blackhawks before, but on this night the Blue jackets were not going to be denied or stopped in beating the Blackhawks.

Columbus continued to take advantage of gaps in the Chicago defense and scored another goal to answer Versteeg’s tally. Kristian Huselius, who has seen consistency and a rebirth in his game since Claude Noel took over for Ken Hitchcock as the coach, scored on a rebound shot at the 4:58 mark and it was 3-1. Huselius scored his 4th goal of the season versus Chicago and 23rd on the season.

Mike Commodore scored :32 into game (CBJ)

Then, all 14,573 in attendance saw something that they rarely see in a hockey game, a penalty shot. Jakub Voracek, one of the up-and -coming stars on the Blue Jackets team, was off-to-the-races with the puck, moving in 1-on-1 against the goalie when one of the Blackhawks defenseman took him off his skates. So that meant a penalty shot for Voracek going one-on-one against Cristobal Huet who was already having a bad night in goal.

Voracek drove towards the goal, and got Huet out of position and put the puck into the low right side of the net and shockingly it was 4-1 Columbus. The last time Columbus had a home penalty shot goal,  prior to last night was on March 19, 2001 vs. Nashville, when David Vyborny beat  Tomas Vokoun at 18:01 of the third period in a 2-1 loss.  The scoring wasn’t over by any stretch of the imagination.

Antione Vermette was about to get into scoring column. He took a Chicago mistake and went streaking in on goalie Cristobal Huet and he scored unassisted at the 14:17 mark and it was 5-1 and the rout was continuing. By now, Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville had seen enough of  Huet and decided to give Antti Niemi a shot at cooling down the Jackets for the rest of the second period anyway.

It was to no avail as center Andrew Murray picked up a loose puck and shoveled it past Niemi making the score 6-1. The Blue Jackets amazingly had scored 4 goals against one of the NHL’s best teams and best defenses in  the second period to open up daylight at 6-1.

The Blackhawks came out in the third period and scored a couple of goals but the Blue Jackets did the same with Antione Vermette scoring his second of the night and 25th of the season and Mike Blunden his first of the campaign.

The Blue Jackets by far, had played their best game of the season and left fans and media wondering where were all of these goals, inspirational, physical and emotional play back in December and January when the team basically fell out of playoff contention.

Maybe it was a glimpse of what we’ll see in 2010-2011.

SOUNDS FROM THE POSTGAME LOCKER ROOM (to listen to an audio file, simply click on the number)

44 648 Adam Burish Chicago Rw Chicago was mistake prone all game long

44 651 Adam Burish On goalie Cristobal Huet taking the heat for another bad game

44 654 Antione Vermette Columbus Finally an easy game for a change

44 656 Antione Vermette Scoring in the first 32 seconds of the game got them rolling

44 657 Antione Vermette A career high 25th goal tonight feels good in a win

44 659 Antione Vermette Was he surprised that they embarrassed Cristobal Huet in goal

GAME NOTES

* The Blue Jackets are 19-11-7 at home.

* Columbus is 30-32-12 for 72 points on the season.

* Are 25-24-7 vs. Chicago.

* Are 15-10-4 vs. Chicago at Nationwide Arena.

* The CBJ are 20-12-5 when scoring the first goal of the sesason.

* Columbus is 13-7-5 when leading after the first period.

* 23-6-4 when leading after the second period.

* The eight goals scored by Columbus matches a club single game record overall and is most the club has scored at home.

The club record of eight goals was set March 7, 2009 at Detroit, a game Columbus won 8-2.

The previous high for goals scored at home was seven, set February 8, 2006 against Los Angeles in a 7-4 victory.

* The five-goal margin of victory matches a club record at home.

The record had been set four times previously (February 26, 2009 vs. Calgary, 5-0–most recent).

* The 11 combined goals between the clubs also matches a home franchise record.

The record had been set three times previously (December 28, 2006 vs. Detroit, a 7-4 loss–most recent).

* The Blackhawks currently sit atop the Central Division with 99 points, ten points clear of second-place Nashville with two games in hand.

* Chicago has not won a division title since finishing in first place in the Norris Division in 1992-93 season.

* The Blackhawks have occupied first place in the Central Division since November 9. The last time Chicago did not own at least a share of first place in the division was on November 8 when they were in second (8-5-2) behind first place Columbus (9-5-2). That was when the Blue Jackets were playing well.

* Chicago has won 11 of its last 14 games against Central Division opponents, and owns a 14-6-0 mark against division rivals overall. Washington (17-3-1) in the Southeast Division is the only NHL team with a better record within their division.