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Former Jackets return tonight when Phoenix comes calling

 

(Clipart by Chris courtesy from Clker.com)

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

 

clipart courtesy of Clker.com

STANLEY CUP FINALS Game 1: Vancouver edges Boston 1-0 in thriller

 

Raffi Torres (file photo)

This year’s Stanley Cup Finals is between two teams that very few people figured they’d have much of a chance, Vancouver and Boston.

Both team entered their first playoff meeting looking to end lengthy Stanley Cup droughts.

Vancouver has never won a Stanley Cup in four decades as a franchise, losing both of its trips to the Finals in 1982 and 1994.

Boston has lost five straight Finals since winning in 1972.

Raffi Torres, the former Blue Jackets’ player, the only Vancouver Canuck with Stanley Cup Finals experience, scored the game’s only goal with 18.5 seconds to play, leading his team to a 1-0 win over Boston.

Roberto Luongo stopped 36 shots in posting his third shutout of the postseason for Vancouver.

Tim Thomas made 33 saves for Boston, who went scoreless on six power plays. Boston also killed six Canucks power plays.

 

Info courtesy of NHL & Vancouver Canucks news

 

 

Chicago beats Columbus in shootout, 5-4

Rick Nash Columbus (AP)

By Stuart Mason

MSN beat reporter

Columbus- The Chicago Blackhawks, Central Division leaders and the NHL’s second best team, came from two goals down early to defeat Columbus in a shootout, 5-4. The Valentine’s Day crowd of 17,673 was entertained with 9 goals, a fast pace, hard-hitting and several fights.

Since Claude Noel took over as the interim coach, Columbus has shown the knack of being able to score first and yesterday was no different as they went up 2-0 in the opening period on goals by Kristian Huselius, his 20th of the season, 3rd vs. Chicago and the 19th of the season for Raffi Torres.  The Jackets were dominating and held all of the momentum until Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane scored on a power play with :06 left in the first period, his 25th goal of the season. That cut the lead to 2-1 and gave Chicago momentum for the second period.

The Blackhawks showed why they’re Stanley Cup contenders in the second period by scoring 3 goals to go up 4-2. The Hawks took advantage of Columbus’ soft play in the defensive zone which led to goals by two unknown players, left winger Bryan Bickell and center Jake Dowell. Patrick Sharp added the third tally. Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash scored his 28th goal at the 17:44 mark on a :12 power play to cut the deficit to 4-3.

The 3rd period was very fast-paced as the Blue Jackets came out very aggressive to tie up the game. They received a little help from Chicago’s Troy Brouwer. After Anton Stralman put a vicious hit on Chicago star player Patrick Kane, Brouwer took matters into his own hands. He instigated a fight with Stralman which lasted about :30 seconds.  Brouwer received 19 minutes in penalties: 10 minutes for instigator misconduct, 5 minutes fighting, 2 minutes for instigator (face shield) and 2 minutes instigator. The latter two penalties added up to a 4 minute power play for Columbus which allowed them to tie the game at 4 as Fedor Tyutin redirected the puck off of Chicago defenseman Kim Johnsson’s stick and went past goalie Antti Niemi who was stunned.

The overtime period went scoreless, but Columbus had to kill off a 48 second power play left over from the 3rd period when Raffi Torres was called for roughing.

Shootouts are where the Blue Jackets have historically struggled and yesterday was no exception. Troy Brouwer scored the game winner as the Blackhawks ended the week winning four straight games, 3 in shootouts.

Going into the Olympic break, Chicago is 40-15-5 for 85 points while Columbus is 25-28-10 for 60 points.  The Blue Jackets are 24-23-7 all-time vs. Chicago. Seven of the past ten games have been decided in overtime or a shootout.44 211 TROY BROUWER CHICAGO RW44 214 PATRICK KANE CHICAGO RW44 225 JOEL QUENNEVILLE CHICAGO COACH44 235 CLAUDE NOEL CBJ COACH