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Blue Jackets dominate Buffalo, 5-1


James Wisniewski had two assists vs. Buffalo (file photo)

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Don’t look now, but the Columbus Blue Jackets are on a hot streak and have been playing solid hockey for two weeks.

The CBJ are on a points streak of five games and are 4-1-2 since a horrible 2-12-1 start. They’re starting to look like an NHL playoff contender.

Captain Rick Nash led the way with two goals and goalie Curtis Sanford played like an All-Star in goal again as Columbus ran Buffalo goalie Jhonas Enroth early in the second period of as the home team won 5-1 on Friday night at Nationwide Arena.

The injury-riddled Sabres have lost three games in a row.

Enroth came into the game with a 7-2-1 record filling in for All-Star goalie Ryan Miller who is out with a concussion. He was pulled by head coach Lindy Ruff after allowing four goals on 18 shots in 24:29 of action.

Joining Nash in leading the Jackets to their highest goal total and largest margin of victory this season were, Mark Letestu, Marc Methot and R.J. Umberger who scored goals.

Registering assists for Columbus were, Ryan Johansen, James Wisniewski and Jeff Carter with two assists each.

The crowd of 16,705 saw Columbus dominate the game from the outset without a threat of a letdown.


* Columbus left wing Vinny Prospal became the 268th player to play in 1,000 NHL games in a career. He is the sixth player from the Czech Republic to achieve the milestone. He was Philadelphia’s second pick, 71st overall player in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.

*Vinny Prospal leads the Jackets in scoring with 19 points in 22 games.

* Buffalo came into the game tied with San Jose for the best road record in the league at 7-2-0.

* Blue Jackets head coach Scott Arniel was an assistant coach under Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff from 2002-2006.



Luke Fickell introduced as OSU’s 23rd head football coach; preaches respect, toughness

Luke Fickell speaks to media ( photo)

Luke Fickell was born and raised not far from the Ohio State campus in Columbus, Ohio. He had always wanted to play for the Buckeyes, which he did and he also wanted to be the team’s head coach someday, but not under the current circumstances.

Fickell took the reigns of the Buckeyes officially on May 30 when Jim Tressel was forced to resign as the NCAA investigations kept swirling around the program with new allegations of player misconduct coming almost daily.

On Monday, Fickell was introduced to the media and spent nearly 35 minutes telling the media that he did not know anything about NCAA rules violations under former coach Jim Tressel; did not have a chance to talk to former quarterback Terrelle Pryor to talk him into staying and preached the Buckeyes will have “respect, toughness and being men of action.”

The 37-year-old Fickell was selected to fill in for Tressel the first five games of the upcoming 2011 season due to the former coach breaking NCAA rules for knowing that players were accepting cash and discounted tatoos in exchange for memorabilia and not notifying his bosses of the misconduct.

Fickell has been on the Ohio State football staff the past 10 seasons coaching the linebackers and being co-defensive coordinator along with Jim Heacock.

OSU athletic director Gene Smith announced during the press conference that Fickell’s two-year contract would be modified to improve his pay to $775,000 a year in addition to bonuses.

Fickell was joined at the press conference by his wife, Amy, assistant coaches and former Buckeyes players Mike Vrabel, Bobby Carpenter and Ryan Miller.




Blue Jackets lose to Buffalo; losing streak causes concern

The Blue Jackets traveled to the Lake Erie city of Buffalo, New York and wished they hadn’t. The CBJ’s winless streak reached four as they lost 5-0 last Friday night.

The Blue Jackets were the last NHL team to lose consecutive games. But they ran in the Detroit Red Wings twice in three days and we all know that the polished Wings can cool off any team in the NHL at any time. Since then, the Jackets appear tight, and tentative and fans think back to the December swoon of last year which ultimately cost Ken Hitchcock his job.

Jochen Hecht (file photo)

The 18,529 fans at HSBC Arena, who have watch their beloved Sabres play inconsistently all season, got their money’s worth as Buffalo jumped on the Jackets quickly.

Columbus trailed 2-0 after the first period and were outshot badly 28-11 at one point of the second.

The frustration set in during the third period with three fights.

The Sabres received goals from Jochen Hecht, Jason Pominville, Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis and Tomas Vanek. All-Star goalie Ryan Miller had 19 saves.

The Jackets were 0-6 on the power play that gets worse every game.

Info compiled from staff, NHL & Columbus Blue Jackets news

NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference (Friday results)

compiled from staff and wire reports

Tuukka Rask Boston (nhl)

Adam Mair, Jason Pominville and Mike Grier scored in the first 30 minutes for the Buffalo Sabres, who came back from a devastating loss and beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 to force a sixth game in the Eastern Conference first-round series.

Boston goalie Tuukka Rask had outplayed Buffalo’s Ryan Miller, as the Bruins had won three straight tight games.

The Sabres broke through early in this one, with Mair scoring on Buffalo’s first shot. The Bruins didn’t recover.

Alex Ovechkin Washington (nhl)

Terrific goaltending by Jaroslav Halak and a pair of early goals as eighth-seeded Montreal beat Washington, 2-1.

Halak made 37 saves in his return to the net, Michael Cammalleri and Travis Moen scored on two of the Canadiens first five shots.

Alex Ovechkin scored the Capitals only goal in the second period.

NHL PLAYOFFS:Eastern Conference (Saturday results)

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Washington Capitals are one of the highest-scoring and most explosive teams in the NHL.  So it does not matter how many goals they are behind, the game is never over.

Nicklas Backstrom completed a hat trick by scoring 31 seconds into overtime, and the Eastern Conference top-seeded Capitals won at home against the Montreal Canadiens, 6-5 to even the first round playoff series at a game apiece.

Nicklas Backstrom (nhl)

Montreal led 2-0 after its first two shots, prompting Washinton to yank goalie Jose Theodore, and then went ahead 4-1. But with Alex Ovechkin producing a goal and three assists, the Capitals kept charging back.

Rookie defenseman John Carlson tied it at 5-all with 1:21 left in regulation, and Backstrom’s sizzling wrist shot past Jaroslav Halak won it.


Zdeno Chara and Michael Ryder scored 2 minutes apart in the third period and Boston rallied to tie the Eastern Conference series 1-1.

Zdeno Chara (nhl)

The Sabres not only squandered a lead entering the third period for the first time this season but also lost leading scorer Thomas Vanek, who didn’t return after he hurt his left foot in the first period.

Chara and Ryder both scored twice for the bruins who erased deficits of 2-0 and 3-2. Chara broke a 3-3 tie by snapping a shot over the right shoulder of goalie Ryan Miller with 12:37 left.

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