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Blackhawks 6 Blue Jackets 3: Game Review and Notes


Marc Methot (3) in military jersey

The Columbus Blue Jackets season of expected improvement continues to go South.

On Thursday night, they were dominated from the second period on by the Chicago Blackhawks, 6-3. Goalie Steve Mason looked lost in goal again and everybody wonders about where is the improvement in his game.

The Jackets are in the midst of another losing streak this time consisting of three games, Toronto, Philadelphia and Chicago. In these games, the CBJ has been outscored 19-6.

Rumors have been cast around the City of Columbus lately that the Blue Jackets ownership will dump general manager Scott Howson and head coach Scott Arniel if the losing doesn’t stop this month (November).


48 679 Steve Montador Blackhawks defenseman Tonight, a much-needed win all facets worked

48 681 Steve Montador Blackhawks defenseman Got his first chance ever on #1 scoring line and scored a goal and an assist

48 685 Corey Crawford Blackhawks goalie Team’s effort was solid

48 686 Corey Crawford Blackhawks goalie Team was inspired by Steve Montador’s play on #1 unit

Aaron Johnson (5) practices before the game


* Columbus activated forward Jared Boll before the game. He hadn’t played this season due to a broken thumb.

* Chicago prior to last night hadn’t scored more than one power-play goal, or more than five goals in a game this season.

* The Blue Jackets are now 28-29-8 against Chicago, including 15-13-5 at Nationwide Arena.

* The CBJ scored two power play goals on five attempts last night, marking the first time this season the team has scored multiple goals with the man advantage. The last time the Blue Jackets had two power play goals in a game was Feb. 27, 2011 at Nashville, a span of 35 games. Prior to Thursday night’s game, Columbus was 1-for-20 the previous five games.

* Columbus has allowed the first goal in 11 of 15 games this season.

* Left wing Rick Nash picked up an assist against Chicago, the 500th point of his NHL career. He is the first Blue Jackets player to reach that mark. In 607 career games, he has collected 263 goals, 237 assists for 500 points. He also has recorded 23-27-50 in 51 career games against the Chicago Blackhawks.


48 687 Grant Clitsome CBJ defenseman On how to get out of this slump

48 688 Grant Clitsome CBJ defenseman The mood of the dressing room. Wins are tough coming right now

48 690 Rick Nash CBJ captain The new system did not work after first period

48 691 Rick Nash CBJ captain Is it fair to say the team looks confused on the ice





Wisniewski’s return; young kids Johansen, Moore help Jackets get first win


CBJ's Antoine Vermette (50) in a faceoff with Johan Franzen (93) of Detroit (megasportsnews photo)

The Columbus Blue Jackets three weeks of hell, in the words of head coach Scott Arniel ended Tuesday night with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

The Jackets outplayed the veteran Wings and made them chase the puck all night which resulted in the home team getting seven power plays.

It was a night of firsts for Columbus.

James Wisniewski made his Blue Jackets debut after serving an eight-game suspension; rookie Ryan Johansen scored his first NHL goal and added an assist; rookie John Moore scored his first NHL goal and Derek MacKenzie scored his first goal of the year into an empty net.

Columbus came into the game as the only winless team in the league at 0-7-1 with 1 point, the worst start in team history.

There were 15,100 in attendance at Nationwide Arena. It was a welcome sight considering there had been several crowds this year under 10,000.

The addition of Wisniewski, a Michigan native from the Detroit area, was obvious on the defensive end. He played 27 minutes, 21 seconds and saw his first action since the preseason. The veteran free-agent signee from this past off-season was suspended for a hit to the head of Minnesota forward Cal Clutterbuck in an exhibition game on September 23.

Also getting into the scoring column was R.J. Umberger who had a goal and an assist.

Steve Mason down on all fours, stops the Red Wings ( photo)


* With the win last night, the CBJ snapped an eight-game winless skid of 0-7-1. It had been the deepest the team had gone into the season without a win.

* Columbus center Ryan Johansen and defenseman John Moore each scored their first NHL goals in the game. It is the first time in team history the Blue Jackets have had two players score their first NHL goal in the same game. (Information courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau).

* Columbus has scored a power play goal in five straight games (5-of-25) after opening the season 0-for-20 with the man advantage the first four games. The club record for consecutive games with a power play goal is eight, set October 10-November 12, 2002.

* Columbus is now 18-37-10 all-time against Detroit, including an 11-15-7 record at Nationwide Arena.

* Red Wings starting goaltender Jimmy Howard was absent from the team for the birth of his first child.

* Blue Jackets rookie goaltender Allen York played in his first NHL game, logging an official time of 2:33 when Steve Mason left the game to have some work done on his shoulder.

* The Red Wings came into the game 5-0-2 in their last seven regular-season trips to Columbus, Ohio, outscoring the Jackets 19-5.

* Since the start of the 97-98 season, the Red Wings have won more games (746) than any other team in the NHL. Detroit’s 640 regular season wins and 106 playoff victories are both tops in the NHL over that span.


Johan Franzen, 100th career assist 10/15/11 at Minnesota

Johan Franzen, 400th career game 10/21/11 vs CBJ

Brad Stuart, 800th career game 10/21/11 vs CBJ

Nicklas Lidstrom, 1500th career game 10/22/11 at Washington

* Columbus Left wing Rick Nash, in his ninth NHL season, became the first Blue Jacket to play in 600 games with the team last Saturday at Ottawa. His career totals are 262 goals, 234 assists for 496 points in 600 games, leaving him four points shy of 500.

* Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin played the 500th game in his career against Ottawa last Saturday. He has played in 250 games with the Blue Jackets.


48 578 Ryan Johansen CBJ Besides winning what was different about the game cbj 4 det 1

48 580 Ryan Johansen CBJ Columbus frustrated the Red Wings all night it doesn’t happen often cbj 4 det 1

48 583 John Moore CBJ Columbus able to get puck deep had Wings chasing all night cbj 4 det 1


48 592 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit LW a 7-1 loss, now 4-1 Wings started both games losing in 1st period cbj 4 det 1

48 594 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit LW Lack of preperation vs Columbus or not cbj 4 det 1




Kings’ goalie Quick named NHL’s First Star of the Week


Jonathan Quick in April 2009 (photo by Resolute via wikipedia commons)

Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick has been named the NHL’s First Star for last week’s action.

The 25-year-old, a member of the 2005 NHL Draft class, 72nd overall pick, posted a franchise-record three shutouts during the week, beating St. Louis, Phoenix and Dallas. He has not allowed a goal in almost 189 minutes of action, another Kings record.

The most recent National Hockey League goalie to post three shutouts in a week: the Blue Jackets’ Steve Mason in December of 2008.

Quick is 6’1, 200-pounds and has been in the NHL since the 2007 season.

He is an alumnus of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.


compiled from the NHL & the Los Angeles Kings


Blue Jackets looking for new goaltending coach


Dave Rook (file photo)

Goaltending coach Dave Rook knew his contract with the Blue Jackets was ending on June 30. He also knew that with Steve Mason and Mathieu Garon’s save percentage of a combined .898 was 29th in the NHL.

Before his season-ending meeting with the front office ever took place, Rook resigned saying he has spent too much time away from his family in London, Ontario, Canada.

The word around the Columbus camp is that the team wants a full-time goaltender coach and Rook was not willing to do that.


compiled from Radio, TV & Columbus Blue Jackets news

Blackhawks escape Jackets in shootout, 4-3

Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Scott Arniel told the media during the post-game press conference , when asked about his team playing 18 games past regulation into overtime or a shootout, what does that say about his team, how close are they to the playoffs or how far they are away. His answer was “we’re getting closer, we can work on being able to win those games by working on the skills necessary to do so.”

(courtesy of Columbus Blue Jackets)

After being down 2-0 in the first six minutes of game, the Jackets, playing without Rick Nash, Grant Clitsome, Steve Mason, rallied back to challenge the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks tooth-and-nail.

They lost 4-3 in the shootout after Viktor Stalberg scored the only goal in the third round.

Columbus had several stars in Maksim Mayorov, Derick Brassard and Sammy Pahlsson scored goals and defenseman Anton Stralman set a career-high with three assists. Mathieu Garon, starting in place of Mason, had 26 saves.



* Patrick Kane, RW of the Blackhawks had two fantastic plays with a goal and an assist

* Anton Stralman, Defenseman of the Blue Jackets set career mark with three assists

* Maksim Mayorov, RW of the Blue Jackets his first NHL goal got the team going


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