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(Video) On The Bench: Columbus Blue Jackets Report

The Blue Jackets have gone 1-3-1 on a six game homestand and Columbus Wired’s Justin Boggs and Dave Seaman talk about how the team has had chances, but the puck has just not found the back of the net. They look at the past few games, what needs to be worked on, the goaltending and other insights a quarter of the way into the NHL season.

See more of Columbus Wired’s Blue Jacket coverage at http://www.ColumbusWired.net

Blue Jackets continue to roll by beating Blues; York wins third in a roll

 

Allen York (courtesy of RPI athletics)

The Columbus Blue Jackets have been playing several playoff-bound teams expecting to win in matchups against them but they keep pulling off wins with a rookie goaltender and a stud defensive corp.

Over the weekend, the defeated the St. Louis Blues, 5-2.

Even in losing the Blues clinched their first Central Division title since the 1999-2000 season. St. Louis is second in the Western Conference behind Vancouver.

R.J. Umberger who has been on a scoring and assist binge lately, scored twice and 22-year-old rookie goalie Allen York made it three wins in three career starts for the Jackets. He finished with 34 saves.

Jared Boll, Derek Dorsett and Vinny Prospal also scored for Columbus.

David Backes and David Perron scored for the Blues.

The crowd of 19,150 was the Blues’ 23rd sellout of the season.

 

Info compiled from Columbus Blue Jackets & St. Louis Blues news

POSTGAME NOTES: COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS 4 FLORIDA PANTHERS 1: On Columbus Chill night

FLORIDA PANTHERS DRESSING ROOM AUDIO

50,291 Kevin Dineen Florida coach Not pleased with any aspect of the loss to CBJ

50,292 Kevin Dineen Florida coach It’s natural to be tired this time of year. How do you get rid of it

50,293 Kevin Dineen Florida coach Any concerns with this team right now heading to Detroit

50,296 Kevin Dineen Florida coach Nice ovation for him from Columbus fans as a former CBJ player

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS DRESSING ROOM AUDIO

50,304 Todd Richards CBJ coach Key moments York goaltending, shutting down 5 on 3 PP

50,309 Todd Richards CBJ coach On Nikita Nikitin’s production of 32 points was this expected when trade was made

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have been playing playoff contending teams very tough the past two months.

Friday night was no exeception as they defeated the Florida Panthers from the Eastern Conference, 4-1.

 

(courtesy of Columbus Blue Jackets)

Again, it was the stellar play of goaltender Allen York with 30 saves and the defensive effort on the penalty-kill that sealed the game for Columbus.

The Jackets received goals from R.J. Umberger (16,17) and Nikita Nikitin (6,7) in the win.

The Blue Jackets saluted the 20th anniversary of the Columbus Chill, who were established in 1991. The fans still love the Chill as they were all sorts of caps, jerseys, jackets worn throughout the arena.

The game had a nice, enthusiastic crowd for a Friday night of 17, 944.

FLORIDA GAME NOTES:

* The Panthers are fighting for a playoff spot with 90 points and a 37-25-16 record.

* They are coached by former original Blue Jackets star, Kevin Dineen, who many feel, fans and media, should’ve been hired as head coach here when the team hired Scott Arniel.

* Dineen received a nice ovation from the fans as he was being recognized during the game. The fans always liked his all-out, hard-nosed play.

* The Panthers are vying for their first playoff berth in 12 years (2000).

* The team has the 10th-best power play in the NHL.

* One negative stat on Florida, is they lead the NHL in bench minors with 16, which includes two Friday night of too many men on the ice. Dineen says that is his fault and they have to clean it up.

* One of the reasons why Florida is so good, is they’ve picked up players who were stars elsewhere: Scottie Upshall, Mikael Samuelsson, Brian Campbell, Tomas Kopecky and Ed Jovanovski.

(file photo)

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS GAME NOTES:

* The Blue Jackets honored the Olentangy Orange hockey team who were winners of the annual CBJ hockey tournament.

* The hockey game was played inside while weather conditions around the Columbus area had several tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings. Like they say, “The game must go on!”

* The Blue Jackets have scored 18 goals the past five games or 3.6 per game during that period.

* Defenseman Dalton Prout became the 40th player to play for Columbus this year. Of the 40, he is the 20th to make his Jackets debut and seventh to make his NHL debut. All are franchise records.

* Columbus scored the first goal of the game for the 37th time this season. The team is 20-13-4 in those games, 15-3-1 leading after the first period and 20-6-2 leading after the 2nd period.

* The Blue Jackets lifetime are 8-4-0 all-time vs. Florida, including 4-2-0 at Nationwide Arena. Columbus has won five straight games in the series.

* Defenseman Nikita Nikitin, acquired in the Kris Russell trade earlier in the season, has set career highs in several categories: goals (7), assists (24), points (31) and games played (57). One of the best trades this organization has ever made.

* The Jackets now have a record of 26-45-7 for 59 points on the year.


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 ColumbusWired.net)

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

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.

GAME NOTES

* 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.

CAROLINA HURRICANES POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM

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

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS DRESSING ROOM

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

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 (megasportsnews.com photo)

THREE STARS OF GAME:

* 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.

GAME NOTES:

* 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 (megasportsnews.com photo)

SAN JOSE SHARKS POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM AUDIO:

Head Coach Todd McLellan

http://bluejackets.nhl.com/v2/ext/2012/PressBox/PostGameAudio/McLellan022112.mp3

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM AUDIO:

Goaltender Steve Mason

http://bluejackets.nhl.com/v2/ext/2012/PressBox/PostGameAudio/Mason022112.mp3

Interim head coach Todd Richards

http://bluejackets.nhl.com/v2/ext/2012/PressBox/PostGameAudio/Richards022112.mp3



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