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POSTGAME NOTES: Edmonton Oilers 6 Columbus Blue Jackets 3


Mark Letestu scored his 10th goal for Columbus (file photo)

Rick Nash scored his 26th goal of the season on a penalty shot

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Edmonton with 5 second period goals dumps the Blue Jackets 6-3.

In a battle of the Western Conference and NHL’s worst teams, the loss assured the Blue Jackets that they’ll finish as the league’s 30th-place team.


Chris VandeVelde, center

Landislav Smid, defenseman

Tom Renney, head coach


Jack Johnson, defenseman

Derek Dorsett, right wing

* Attendance was 12,295 at Nationwide Arena.

* Blue Jackets had 6 penalties totaling 12 minutes.

* The Oilers accumulated 8 penalties for 16 minutes.

* Blue Jackets 1 for 5 on power play, while Oilers were 1 for 4.

* Blue Jackets put 32 shots on goal, the Oilers had 38.

* The penalty shot attempted by Rick Nash in the second period was the 25th in franchise history. The Blue Jackets have been successful on seven of those attempts. The last penalty shot goal scored was on March 25, 2010 against the Chicago Blackhawks by Jakub Voracek.

* Columbus is now 14-24-6 all-time vs. Edmonton, including 9-9-4 at Nationwide.

* The Blue Jackets scored the first goal of the game for the 35th time this season. The club is now 18-14-4 in those games, while going 13-3-1 when leading after the first period and 2-29-2 when trailing after two periods.

* Columbus allowed five goals in the second period Sunday afternoon, the most the team has allowed in one period at home in franchise history. It marks the third time this has happened (December 16, 2006 vs. Chicago, first period; October 23, 2001 vs. Los Angeles, first period.

* Goalie Allen York of the Blue Jackets made his sixth appearance of the season when he came in at the start of the 3rd period. He stopped all 10 of the shots he faced in 20 minutes of action.


Ryan Jones was the star for Edmonton with 3 points (NHL photo)

* 1. Ryan Jones, Edmonton left wing with 1 goal, 2 assists.

* 2. Rick Nash, CBJ left wing with a goal and an assist.

* 3. Ladislav Smid, Edmonton defenseman with 1 goal and 1 assist.

* Edmonton improves to 31-36-9 for 71 points overall. 13-21-4 on the road for 30 points.

* Columbus falls to 24-44-7 for 55 total points overall. 14-21-3 for 31 points at home.



Umberger’s hat trick, penalty-kill, Mason’s goaltending fuels 5-1 win over Carolina

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets showed Friday night in their 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, how good they can be as a team.

They dominated the game from the outset and received excellent work between the pipes by goaltender Steve Mason, a solid penalty-kill and a hat trick from R.J. Umberger.

Vinny Prospal collected a goal and assist in win (photo by Jason Mowry courtesy

R J Umberger scored a hat trick in the win (photo by Jason Mowry courtesy

Coming into Friday’s matchup with one of the NHL’s worst teams in the Blue Jackets, Carolina at 30-29-15, 75 points on the season, are trying to chase down the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference from Buffalo or Washington.

But with only seven games remaining, the defeat was a costly one for the Hurricanes who are 11th in the East race, fell seven points behind the eight spot.

They should’ve known the Blue Jackets have been tough on playoff-caliber teams since Todd Richards took over for the unpopular Scott Arniel on January 9.

R.J. Umberger has had an up-and-down season, but he is one of the team’s most popular players due to the fact that he is an Ohio State hockey product and he gives his all whether the team is winning or losing and he wants to be a part of the franchise when things turn upward.

But March 23 became Umberger’s day with three goals for the second time in his Jackets career, third overall to fuel the team’s 24th win of the season.

Other heroes included Vinny Prospal with a goal and assist, Steve Mason, who has won six of his last eight starts, stopped 39 shots in goal against a good Carolina lineup featuring Eric Staal, Tuomo Ruutu, Jeff Skinner, Brandon Sutter, Jiri Tlusty and Jussi Jokinen.

Derick Brassard assisted on each of Umberger’s goals, while Nikita Nikitin and Jack Johnson garnered two assists. Johnson also earned his 100th assist of his career.

The key part of the game was the start of the third period when the Blue Jackets killed off a 5-on-3 penalty-kill leading 3-1. The Hurricanes did not score and that was the game.

Carolina goaltender Cam Ward looked lost all night as the Jackets scored five goals on 26 shots.


* Columbus has won two of its last three games after dropping the four previous games.

* The hat trick scored by R.J. Umberger was the third this season and 22nd in the franchise’s history. The now-traded and unpopular Jeff Carter had the other two.

* Columbus scored the first goal of the game for the 34th time this season. The team is 18-12-4 in those games. When leading after the first period they are 13-2-1 and 18-6-2 leading after two periods.

* The Blue Jackets are7-6-0 all-time vs. Carolina, 4-2-0 at Nationwide Arena. Overall, the Jackets have won five straight games vs. the Hurricanes.

* Goalie Steve Mason is 4-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage in four games against Carolina.


50,222 Drayson Bowman Carolina LW The Canes got enough power plays and shots

50,223 Drayson Bowman Carolina LW The game got away from them in the 1st period

50,226 Brandon Sutter Carolina Center Not the way they should be playing trying for playoffs

50,228 Kirk Muller Carolina coach Team looked tired tonight


50,231 R.J. Umberger CBJ center He was in on key 5 on 3 penalty kill to start 3rd period

50,234 R.J. Umberger CBJ center A hat trick is rare, his 2nd as a Blue Jacket

50,236 Todd Richards CBJ coach 5 on 3 PK to start 3rd period was key up 3-1

50,237 Todd Richards CBJ coach This team shows that it could be good at times with a game like this

CBJ ships Pahlsson to Vancouver for pair of fourth-round picks



Several media reports from Nationwide Arena on Monday afternoon said that when the Blue Jackets told Sammy Pahlsson that he had been traded to a contending team, the Vancouver Canucks, he was very disappointed with the move. Several weeks ago when his name starting coming up in rumors about trades, he said he didn’t want to leave Columbus.

Pahlsson’s numbers this season are 61 games, 2 goals, 9 assists, 11 points and a minus-6 rating.

Sammy Pahlsson (file photo)

Pahlsson, a checking-line center, will be a member of the Canucks. Columbus will receive two fourth-round picks in the 2012 NHL entry draft.

Some fans and media probably look at fourth-round picks as nothing, but in looking at the Blue Jackets NHL and AHL rosters, they’ve had success in that round with Jared Boll, Maksim Mayorov and David Savard. So there is talent to be found in that round. The scouts have to find those players.


Info compiled from Columbus Blue Jackets stats, Radio & TV news


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 ( photo)


* 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.


* 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 ( photo)


Head Coach Todd McLellan


Goaltender Steve Mason

Interim head coach Todd Richards

GAME REVIEW: Columbus Blue Jackets 2 St. Louis Blues 1



49 608 David Perron St. Louis LW He did hit puck into net in 3rd period with his hand

49 609 David Perron St. Louis LW Tough Road loss for a playoff contender

49 610 Barret Jackman St. Louis Def. Nothing went right, CBJ outplayed them

49 611 Barret Jackman St. Louis Def. Did Blues take Jackets lightly


49 606 James Wisniewski CBJ Def With himself, Nash & Carter playing together, team has played well this month

49 607 James Wisniewski CBJ Def His key 1st period block of puck near the open goal

49 599 Steve Mason CBJ goalie The game-ending play where a Blues player pushed puck into net with his glove no goal

49 601 Steve Mason CBJ goalie On a key play by Def James Wisniewski to knock a puck away from an empty net in 1st period

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Usually when the Columbus Blue Jackets have to depend on a play behind reversed by the NHL’s video replay officials in Toronto, its usually bad news. But on Tuesday night, they got the call that all 12,245 fans in Nationwide Arena thought when the play occured, NO GOAL!

It was the final 1.8 seconds of the game and the St. Louis Blues were trying to tie the game up at 2-2.

Blue left winger David Perron scored on the play when he fell down and lost his stick and pushed the puck past CBJ goalie Steve Mason who he was laying on top of and the red lamp behind the goal was lit and the official gave the goal sign.

But the video replay showed that it was not a goal and the Blue Jackets, who have been playing well this month, beat the team they have trouble with, St. Louis, 2-1.

(file photo)

With the win, Mason won his 84th career game in a Columbus uniform, tying the record set by Marc Denis.

The Blue Jackets received goals from James Wisniewski and Derek Dorsett.

The Blues lone goal was scored by Jeff Backes.


* CBJ RW Derek Dorsett, scored the game-winner and set the tone early.

* CBJ Defenseman James Wisniewski, saved a goal and scored one.

* CBJ goalie Steve Mason, had 31 saves and showed how he can play when sharp.


* Columbus is 4-2-0 in their last six games after being 4-15-2 the previous 21 games.

* Columbus has power play goals in six-straight games after going 1-for-4 with the man advantage in the game. The team is 8-for-27 for 29.6 percent in the last six games after going 4-for-12 for 9.5 percent the previous 17 games.

* The Blue Jackets allowed the first goal of the game for the 33rd time this season. The team is 6-25-2 in those games, while going 8-16-4 when tied after the first period and 3-6-3 when tied after two periods.

* The Blue Jackets are now 24-29-13 against St. Louis all-time, including a 16-11-6 at Nationwide Arena.





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