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Blue Jackets dust off Penguins, 4-1

Consol Energy Center (file photo)

CBJ Slogan (file photo)

Everybody recalls the Pittsburgh Penguins embarassing the Columbus Blue Jackets back in December in Nationwide Arena.

But Columbus made their first visit to the Penguins new home. the Consol Energy Center, a special one with a 4-1 win.

The Penguins were without several of their star players, Sidney Crosby (concussion) and Evgeni Malkin (knee) and Chris Kunitz (lower-body injury).

With the win, the Blue Jackets pulled to within four points of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with their third win in a row.

The Jackets received goals from Rick Nash, Jakub Voracek, Sammy Pahlsson and Antoine Vermette.

The three stars of the game were: Rick Nash, CBJ LW, scored a goal and added an assist; Derick Brassard, CBJ Center, who garnered two assists and Steve Mason, CBJ goalie, stopped 32 shots and has three wins in a row.

compiled from Columbus Blue Jackets news

Capitals beat Penguins in Winter Classic at Heinz Field

Heinz Field on Ohio River (photo by Tom Murphy VII via Wikipedia Commons)

The home of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers was the scene of the NHL’s annual Winter Classic, which feature two different teams in a different venue each New Year’s Day.

The 2011 version of the game pitted the Washington Capitals against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Heinz Field.

Eric Fehr outplayed reigning NHL stars Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin by scoring two goals and Washington beat Pittsburgh 3-1 in the rain at Pittsburgh.

After a scoreless first period in which both teams adjusted to playing outdoors at night under brighter lights than in an actual arena; and choppy ice.

When the Penguins took a 1-0 lead on Evgeni Malkin’s 14th goal saw 68,111 fans twiling Terrible Towels just like they do after a Steelers touchdown or field goal.

Fehr gave the Capitals their first lead at 2-1 in the second period and then wrapped up the game on a breakaway in the third.

Washington shut Crosby down completely as he went a second game without a goal or an assist.

compiled from NHL reports

Crosby, Roloson & Zetterberg named NHL “Three Stars of the Week”

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Sidney Crosby

Henrik Zetterberg

Dwayne Roloson

New York Islanders goaltender Dwayne Roloson, Detroit Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” of the Week.

FIRST STAR

Roloson allowed one goal in each start, posting a 3-0-0 record, 0.98 goals-against average and .972 save percentage as the Islanders improved to 4-0-1 in their past five games.

The 41-year-old Simcoe, Ontario native improved his season record to 5-12-1 with a 2.38 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage in 18 appearances.

SECOND STAR

Henrik Zetterberg notched seven points (three goals, four assists) in helping the Red Wings reclaim first place in the Western Conference with two wins in three starts.

Zetterberg leads Detroit in scoring with 40 points (13 goals, 27 assists) in 35 games.

THIRD STAR

Sidney Crosby garnered seven points (four goals, three assists) in four games as the Penguins went 3-1-0 and climbed to first place in the overall standings. He recorded at least one point in each contest, stretching his active streak point streak to 24 games, the longest in the NHL since Mats Sundin posted a 30-game streak with the Quebec Nordiques in 1992-93.

The Penguins captain leads the NHL in goals (30) and points (61) in 37 games.

Info courtesy of the National Hockey League


NHL ‘Three Stars Of The Week’ Clowe, Fleury & Nash

San Jose Sharks left wing Ryane Clowe, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Rick Nash were named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ of the week.

Rick Nash Blue Jackets captain (file photo)

Columbus Blue Jackets star Rick Nash is the third star of the week. Nash tallied six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in three games, helping the CBJ post a pair of wins and reach the 28-game mark with the best record in franchise history at 16-11-1.

The Blue Jackets captain shares the League lead in game-winning goals (five) and leads his club in goals (16) and points (24) in 27 games.

Ryane Clowe was the first star of the week.

Clowe led all scorers with eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) as the Sharks (15-10-4) won three of four games.

The 28-year-old native of Fermuse, Newfoundland leads the Sharks in plus-minus (+10) and ranks second on the club in scoring with 28 points (8 goals, 20 assists) in 29 games. He is on pace to easily surpass his single-season career high of 57 points set in 2009-10.

The second star of the week was Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Fleury posted a 3-0-0 record, 1.67 goals-against-average and .944 save percentage as the Penguins (21-8-2) extended their winning streak to 12 games. Fleury improved his season record to 14-6-1 with a 2.31 goals-against-average, .914 save percentage and one shutout. He is 13-0-1 in his past 14 appearances, tying a career-high streak without a regulation defeat. He also has an active and career-best 11-game winning streak, recording a save percentage of .945 during that time.

Info courtesy of NHL & Columbus Blue Jackets news

Penguins embarass Jackets, 7-2

The Blue Jackets were embarrassed by the Pittsburgh Penguins before the faithful at Nationwide Arena.

Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason was pulled at 15:49 of the first period after allowing four goals on 13 shots.

Sidney Crosby (file photo)

The CBJ gave up three power-play goals in the first period; fell behind 5-0 early in the second period and lost 7-2 for their fifth consecutive loss in a row.

In this season of improvement, the Jackets can’t explain these games where they just simply get blown out.

There was a standing-room only crowd of 19,143 fans in attendance.

compiled from staff & Columbus Blue Jackets news

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