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ENTERTAINMENT: Saturday is Huntington Hat Night at Nationwide Arena

Courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets

Huntington presents Hat Night at Nationwide Arena when the Blue Jackets host the New York Islanders on Saturday, May 27 at 7 p.m. All fans in attendance will receive a Blue Jackets hat courtesy of  Huntington. Tickets starting at $20.00 are available at Ticketmaster and www.BlueJackets.com.

Rick Nash leads Columbus against New York (cbj)

In addition, a minimum of 250 Huntington Green Seats are available for just $10.00 at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office starting at 5 p.m.

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.

Captain Rick Nash shows why he is the leader; takes over game as Jackets rally to win

Columbus, Ohio– The Columbus Blue Jackets looked to the captain and leader to get them to the promised land; a comeback victory.

And what has become routine, Rick Nash stole the show and the game from the Minnesota Wild.

Nash scored 2 third-period goals in his return from an injury that  kept him out of action for four games and Columbus overcame a two-goal deficit Friday night to hand a devastating blow to the Minnesota Wild’s playoff hopes, 4-2 before a crowd of 16,419 at Nationwide Arena.

Minnesota came into the game in 11th place in the Western Conference behind eighth-place Detroit in the playoff race. Instead of gaining two points for winning, they gained nothing after blowing a 2-0 lead in the second period and 2-1 lead with 9 minutes left in regulation.

Rick Nash scores game-winner (cbj)

Kris Russell scored 7th goal (cbj)

Trailing 2-1 with 8:58 to go, Columbus pulled even on a play that left the Wild players and team upset. Kristian Huselius left a pass for Kris Russell, who was following him on the play, and his hard slap shot past R.J. Umberger, who was providing traffic in front of  goalie Josh Harding, who was shaky all night in goal. And Umberger’s traffic caused Harding to miss the puck, tie game 2-2.

Wild head coach Todd Richards says that, “Umberger skated into the crease.” But the referees said that Wild defenseman Nick Schultz made contact with Umberger pushing him into goalie area.

The Blue Jackets scored so quickly :27 seconds later, that the game tying goal had not been announced over the public address system. Rick Nash took a pass from Jakub Voracek in the neutral zone while Wild defenseman Cam Barker left his area to get a replacement stick from the bench, Nash skated in on the shaky Harding, faked and lifted a little soft shot under the goalie’s leg pads and the Blue Jackets were up 3-2. What looked like sure defeat, ended up being victory number 29 for the home team.

Nash then scored on an empty-netter with :38 seconds left to seal the deal officially.

Columbus has now won four of their last five games while the Wild has lost 2 in a row.

SOUNDS FROM THE POST GAME LOCKER ROOM (to listen to and audio file, just click the number)

44 624 Antii Miettinen Minnesota Rw Up 2-0 did he think they had the game won

44 625 Antii Miettinen Minnesota Rw What happened in that 3rd period

44 626 Antii Miettinen Minnesota Rw No lead is safe in the wide-open NHL

44 631 Mathieu Garon Columbus Goalie Kept his team in the game only giving up 2 goals

44 633 Kris Russell Columbus Defenseman On Mathieu Garon being undefeated at home

44 634 Kris Russell Columbus Defenseman On his goal coming on a delayed penalty

44 636 Kris Russell Columbus Defenseman Was Minnesota Desperate for a win

44 638 Rick Nash Columbus Lw Team is playing motivated why so late

44 639 Rick Nash Columbus Lw 3rd Period was the Jackets good luck charm this time

44 640 Rick Nash Columbus Lw What was the turning point Columbus seemed to be the better team all night

GAME NOTES

* Minnesota is 7-6-4 in the second half of back-to-back games.

* The Blue Jackets are 16-15-4 vs. the Wild, 12-4-1 in Columbus.

* Columbus is 1-15 in its last 16 power plays.

* Both clubs joined the NHL in the 2000-2001 season and Columbus is 276-356-33-62 with one playoff berth and Minnesota is 327-285-55-59 with 3 trips to the playoffs.

* Columbus is 14-11-2 the past 27 games overall after going 3-14-7 the previous 24 games.

* The Blue Jackets have posted a 10-5-4 mark in its past 19 home games after going 2-4-1 in the previous seven contests.

* Goalie Mathieu Garon stopped 18-of-20 shots on Friday night to give him wins in three-straight games for the first time since January 7-10 of this year.

He has allowed two goals or fewer in 12 of his last 17 decisions.

He has posted an 8-4-1 record his past 12 decisions after 0-4-3 the previous decisions.

He is 6-0-3 with a 1.99 goals against average and .967 save percentage in his nine starts this season on home ice, allowing two or fewer goals in eight of those nine games.

Finally, some offense as the Blue Jackets defeat Edmonton

The Edmonton Oilers wish they could play every game at the Rexhall Place, their home arena. Their record since mid-December is 1-14-1.

Monday night at Nationwide Arena, the slide continued as the Columbus Blue Jackets behind Antione Vermette’s empty-net goal and two assists beat Edmonton 5-3.

Head coach Pat Quinn says his team hasn’t recovered from the losses of Ales Hemsky, Nikolai Khabibulin and Sheldon Suray.

Antione Vermette (cbj)

The Blue Jackets had a whole host of stars last night: Kristian Huselius added a goal and three assists and Jake Voracek, Chris Clark and Marc Methot also lit the lamp. Columbus only scored 3 goals in the two games prior to Monday. Derek Dorsett chipped in with two assists for the first multipoint game of his short career.

Steve Mason finished with 29 saves for Columbus. The one sad note on a victorious night for the Blue Jackets was they lost defenseman Jan Hejda for the rest of the season due to a lower-body injury suffered in the first period and he never returned to action.

Game Notes

* Columbus’ Antione Vermette set a career high with 55 points in a season.

* Columbus’ Fedor Tyutin played in  400th game

Ohio High School Athletic Association: Ice Hockey Championships

The OHSAA Ice Hockey Championships are this weekend, March 13 and 14.

Saturday March 13 at 10:30 a.m., it’s Cleveland St. Ignatius (29-7-3) vs. Hunting Valley University School (22-10-2). At 1:00 p.m., it’s Sylvania Northview (20-8-3) playing against Dublin Coffman (30-7-2). Both games are semi-finals matchups.

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Nationwide Arena, home of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets, will play host to the 33rd annual state ice hockey tournament for the eighth consecutive year.

The finals will be played on Sunday March 14.

Hunting Valley University School beat Toledo St. John’s Jesuit in 2009 to capture it’s second ice hockey title.

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