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Sharks beat Blue Jackets; team showing improved play under Richards


Patrick Marleau (San Jose Sharks photo)


49 235 Ryane Clowe San Jose LW On Brad Winchester protecting teammate Desjardins

49 246 Todd McLellan San Jose coach His thoughts on the hit on Desjardins


49 252 Todd Richards CBJ coach The PK looks 100 percent better under him than under Arniel

49 253 Todd Richards CBJ coach Second time in a week played SJ to 1 goal game; what can he take from this game

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Eventhough the Columbus Blue Jackets have played three games under interim head coach Todd Richards, there is obvious improvement in their play.

The team is passing the puck better, they seem to have more hustle in their game, the power-play and penalty-kill look rejuvenated and Rick Nash, the team’s star, is on a hot streak of four goals in four games, three with Richards on the bench.

They did lose Saturday night’s contest to the San Jose Sharks at Nationwide Arena, 2-1, but the team is playing better.

Patrick Marleau, who has been a Jackets-killer for years, scored off a rebound shot with 2:57 to play that game the Sharks the game-winner. The Sharks now have a point streak of eight games in a row, are 6-0-1 in 2012 and 6-0-2 in their past eight games.

The postgame talk in the San Jose dressing room was centered on a hard shoulder-to-the-head hit on the Sharks’ Andrew Desjardins three minutes into the second period by the Columbus’ Dane Byers. A woozy Desjardins had to be helped to the dressing room by medical personnel. Brad Winchester, San Jose’s enforcer, did not like what he saw and jumped to his teammate’s defense and fought Byers, who was given a match penalty.

Desjardins did not return to the game, but later in dressing room, he told the media that he felt better.

Ryan Clowe scored the other Sharks goal and Thomas Greiss, the goaltender, garnered 25 saves to defeat Columbus for the second time in his only starts since December 3. He beat Columbus on the West Coast on January 5.



Blue Jackets give nice tribute to former player Klesla


Rostislav Klesla with Blue Jackets in 2010 (photo by 5of7 via wikipedia commons)

When Rostislav Klesla played for the Columbus Blue Jackets, he was always amongst the favorite player for fans and media alike.

One of the reasons for his popularity was he was always accessible to fans for autographs and was always available to the media whether the team won or loss.

When was traded to Phoenix last February after 515 games with Columbus, fans that follow the team where very upset.

Last night (Friday January 13), Klesla, the Blue Jackets first-ever pick in the NHL’s entry draft, played his first game in Nationwide Arena since the trade to Phoenix.

The Blue Jackets honored him with a video tribute during the first period and the arena went into an applause with Klesla waving his hand and stick in appreciation.

The 29-year-old defenseman from Czechoslovakia in 531 NHL games has scored 42 goals and 92 assist for 134 points.


Info from game stats, Radio & TV news

Richards gets first win as Blue Jackets beats Coyotes, 4-3


Todd Richards (Blue Jackets photo)

The Columbus Blue Jackets have waited awhile to get a win at home.

It came last night at Nationwide Arena, after center Derick Brassard blocked a shot with three seconds left to help seal a 4-3 win over a team the Jackets usually have trouble beating, the Phoenix Coyotes.

Columbus survived a third period where the Coyotes kept pressing to tie the game. It was the team’s first at home since December 13 and their first win in regulation at home since November. It also represented their first win under interim head coach Todd Richards.

Brassard was not the only hero in last night’s win. In his seventh NHL game, Tomas Kubalik and left wing Ryan Russell in his fourth NHL game, each scored their first NHL goals.

Blue Jackets star Rick Nash scored a goal and the assist for the four goals were distributed among eight players. Let’s not forget about goaltender Curtis Sanford, who made 32 saves, 27 of them in the final two periods.


* Derick Brassard, Blue Jackets center, scored a goal, collected an assist and a game-ending block of a shot

* Lauri Korpiloski, Coyotes left wing, scored a goal, dished out two assists and was in on every goal for his team

* Ryan Russell, Blue Jackets left wing, scored his first NHL goal which turned out to be important in the team’s win


Info courtesy of Columbus Blue Jackets news

Former Jackets return tonight when Phoenix comes calling


(Clipart by Chris courtesy from

Columbus Blue Jackets fans will see several familiar faces tonight in Nationwide Arena when the Phoenix Coyotes visit.

Former Jackets Rostislav Klesla, Ray Whitney, Raffi Torres and Gilbert Brule along with former coach Dave King are in town.

King, Columbus’ first head coach is the Coyotes’ developmental coach.

Whitney leads Phoenix in points with 36.

Klesla, the Blue Jackets’ very first pick in franchise history, in 2000, number-4 overall will be making his first visit to Nationwide since being traded to the desert city team on February 28, 2011 for Scottie Upshaw and Sami Lepistro, who are no longer with Columbus.

Klesla, who was one of the most popular Blue Jackets players, has one goal, seven assists and a plus-5 rating in 36 games.


Info compiled from NHL & Phoenix Coyotes game information


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Capitals stun Blue Jackets with four, 3rd period goals; wins 4-2


Alex Ovechkin (file photo)

COLUMBUS, OHIO — If the NHL had a rule where the teams could play only two periods instead of three, the Columbus Blue Jackets would be one of the top teams in the league. They usually out-play teams for the first 40 minutes most of the time.

But the 3rd period is the enemy of the Blue Jackets and it reared its ugly noose around the teams neck again on New Year’s Eve night.

The Jackets leading and dominating the game for 2 periods, saw their 2-0 advantage slip away as Washington scored four goals in a span of 6:40 overall and tying and go-ahead goal in a span of :28 seconds in a 4-2 loss.

Heartbreaking, late game collapses have slowed the Jackets all year long and has fans and media wondering when changes will be made to the coaching staff. Columbus has been outscored 52-26 in the 3rd period this season.

Alex Ovechkin, the star of the Capitals scored the first and last goals in the four-goal period.

A few weeks ago, there was talk around the NHL that Ovechkin was losing his game because he only scored eight goals in the Capitals first 29 games. But he has rebounded to post seven goals in the last eight games, including a six-game points stretch of six goals and three assists.

Winning and scoring late in games is nothing new to Washington, always a Stanley Cup contender. The Capitals have scored 12 third period goals in their past six games. They’ve scored 46 goals overall in the final period this year, one of the best in the National Hockey League.

The disappointed crowd of 18,199 at Nationwide Arena did witness some positive play by the Jackets as they received goals from rookie John Moore and Sammy Pahlsson.

The three stars were: Alex Ovechkin and Dennis Wideman from Washington. Sammy Pahlsson was the Blue Jackets selection.

Columbus head coach Scott Arniel, obviously hearing and feeling the heat from fans and media, walked out of  his post-game press conference after answering only six questions. He was irritated when two reporters pointed out that the team is getting hammered on 4-on-4 play. Arniel said the stats were even, but another reporter said the Jackets are getting outscored 8-1 in 4-on-4 hockey. Then the beleaguered coach walked out of the room.


49 123 Dennis Wideman Washington Def 4-0n-4 hockey in 3rd period turned the game around for Capitals

49 128 Dennis Wideman Washington def This past week was a crucial time for the Capitals


49 133 Derek Mackenzie CBJ center The inability to close out games is the team’s biggest problem

49 134 Scott Arniel CBJ coach Another 3rd period letdown. How much more can the team take




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