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Blue Jackets play complete game; beats Colorado in overtime, 2-1


51,914 Ryan Johansen CBJ Center On the team finally playing a complete game to win

51,915 Ryan Johansen CBJ Center Colorado shot totals were down to 19 nice puck possession by CBJ

51,916 Ryan Johansen CBJ Center On Artem Arnisimov getting hurt them coming back late to win game

51,923 Artem Arnisimov CBJ Center Finally a win and the young players from the AHL played well


51,905) Rick O’Reilly Colorado Center Goaltender Semyon Varlamov kept game close

51,906 Rick O’Reilly Colorado Center First game back and he got more shifts as game progressed

51,910 Joe Sacco Colorado coach On the play of Rick O’Reilly in first game back with team

51,912 Joe Sacco Colorado coach Semyon Varlamov gave the team a chance with his goaltending

COLUMBUS, O. — The Columbus Blue Jackets are getting better with each game. They suffered several one-goal losses.

The players have said that they have to play a complete game tow in those one-goal losses into wins.

Artem Anisimov celebrates game-winning goal

On Sunday, they played that complete game in an overtime win over the Colorado Avalanche, 2-1. They played toe-to-toe with the more talented Avs. And won the game on a goal from a player who limped to the dressing room in the first period with a leg injury.

Artem Anisimov blocked a shot and had to go to the dressing room. He was in so much pain that head coach Todd Richards was told by the medical staff that his return was unlikely.

Out of nowhere, Anisimov came back for the opening faceoff of the second period.

His return was a blessing in disguise as he scored the game-winning goal at 2:26 of overtime before 13,778 at Nationwide Arena.

The Blue Jackets were on 4-on-3 power play, when Anisimov snapped a wrister which beat Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov to the near post.

Blue Jacket' Jared Boll (40) and Colorado's Patrick Bordeleau mix it up

The win allowed the Jackets to post a three-game posts streak of 1-0-2.

Tim Erixon (20) played a solid game

The ageless Vinny Prospal scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season early in the third period to tie the game at 1-1.

The Avs had gone ahead at 12:35 of the second period on P.A. Parenteau goal.

CBJ goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had 18 saves against a Colorado team which saw itself defensing its territory all night as the Jackets put up 34 shots on goal.


* Artem Anisimov, CBJ Center: Tough player, keeps on ticking.

* Tim Erixon, CBJ Defenseman: Received plenty of ice time, 23:38 and provide the assist on Anisimov’s goal.

* Ryan Johansen, CBJ Center: Played a big role with 19:07 of ice time and won 12 of 18 faceoffs.



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

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

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

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.


* 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.


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


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

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS Post-Game Summary: Anaheim 5 Columbus 3


Anaheim Ducks Right Wing Corey Perry is a Blue Jackets killer!

In Sunday night’s fourth and final meeting of the season between the two teams, Perry scored his 24, 25 and 26 goals of the season and a hat trick in leading the Ducks to a 5-3 win over the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena before a crowd of 14,043.

Corey Perry of Anaheim in 2007 (photo by Arnold C. of Buchanan-Hermit via wikipedia commons)

The NHL’s MVP from last season, scored his second hat trick of the season (both against Columbus) in a one month span.

He scored just :46 seconds into the game and added another before the end of the first period to put the Ducks up 2-0.

His third goal came in the second period and he almost had a fourth goal in the third, but CBJ goalie Steve Mason stopped him cold with a good save.

In January, the 6’3, 203-pound Perry scored a hat trick at the Honda Center against Columbus. He is the first player to score a hat trick against Columbus in the same season.


* Defenseman Fedor Tyutin snapped an 18-game goalless skid with his fourth of the season tonight. He had last scored Dec. 29 at Dallas. He is now tied for the team lead among defensemen in goals with Grant Clitsome. He later added an assist for second multi-point game in the last three outings. He has points in three of the last four games (1-4-5) after being held pointless the previous nine games. In 298 games with the Blue Jackets, he has tallied 26-91-117 compared to 15-52-67 in 251 games with the NY Rangers. In 18 career games against Anaheim, he has 4-8-12.

* Center Jeff Carter collected his first assist in seven games with a helper on Tyutin’s goal. He last had an assist Dec. 31 vs. Washington. He has points in three of the last five games (2-1-3) after being held to 0-1-1 the previous seven games. He has recorded 2-3-5 in eight career games against the Ducks.

* LW Vinny Prospal has points in five of the last six games after picking up an assist on Tyutin’s goal. He has 1-4-5 during that stretch after being held pointless the previous nine games. In 17 career games against the Ducks, he has collected 5-10-15.


49 564 Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim center All big scorers came through early in game, a key

49 565 Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim center Columbus does not allow much spacing, Ducks found seams with passing

49 566 Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim Ducks center The Ducks had good puck movement another key to success



49 570 Derek Dorsett CBJ RW The team has made strides under Richards, down 5-1 no quit

49 572 Todd Richards CJ coach Anaheim is tough to stop, Selanne a Hall of Famer, Perry a goal scorer






Prospal given one-year contract extension by Blue Jackets


Press release courtesy of Columbus Blue Jackets


COLUMBUS, OHIOThe Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Vinny Prospal to a one-year contract extension through the 2012-13 season, according to club Executive Vice President and General Manager Scott Howson.

Prospal, 36, has registered nine goals and 24 assists for 33 points and 18 penalty minutes in 53 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He ranks second on the club in points and is third (tied) in goals. He was signed as a free agent by Columbus on July 23, 2011.

“We are very excited to have Vinny signed for another year,” said Howson. “His leadership and play on the ice have certainly been positives for us this season.”

Vinny Prospal (file photo)


Philadelphia’s second pick, 71st overall, in the 1993 Entry Draft, Prospal made his NHL debut with the Flyers in 1996-97 and has collected 236-477-713 and 531 penalty minutes in 1,031 career games with Philadelphia, Ottawa, Florida, Tampa Bay, Anaheim, NY Rangers and Columbus during his 14-plus NHL seasons. He has registered five 20-goal seasons, eight campaigns with 50 or more points and missed just 13 games in eight seasons from 2001-10, appearing in 643-of-656 contests during that span.  He has also appeared in the Stanley Cup Playoffs nine times, tallying 10-25-35 and 26 penalty minutes in 65 games.

The Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic native has represented his country in international competition on several occasions, including at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. He played in the 2004 and 2005 World Championships, winning the gold medal in 2005, and in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey tournament. Prospal also represented the Czech Republic at the 1994 and 1995 World Junior Championships.


Hgt.: 6-2, Wgt.: 191, Shoots: Left, Born: February 17, 1975 (Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic)

Career Statistics                                                                     Regular Season                                                       Playoffs

Year           Team                             League    GP        TOI         G         A    PTS       +/-    PIM          GP       G       A    PTS    PIM

1991-92     C. Budejovice Jr.         Czech Jr.   36          n/a       16       16       32      n/a       12            …      …      …        …        …

1992-93     C. Budejovice Jr.         Czech Jr.   32          n/a       26       31       57      n/a       24            …      …      …        …        …

1993-94     Hershey                         AHL          55          n/a       14       21       35      n/a       38              2        0        0          0          2

1994-95     Hershey                         AHL          69          n/a       13       32       45      n/a       36              2        1        0          1          4

1995-96     Hershey                         AHL          68          n/a       15       36       51      n/a       59              5        2        4          6          2

1996-97     Philadelphia                  NHL          18          n/a          5       10       15          3          4              5        1        3          4          4

Philadelphia                  AHL          63          n/a       32       63       95      n/a       70            …      …      …        …        …

1997-98     Philadelphia                  NHL          41     12:04          5       13       18      -10       17            …      …      …        …        …

Ottawa                           NHL          15     14:49          1          6          7        -1          4              6        0        0          0          0

1998-99     Ottawa                           NHL          79     13:03       10       26       36          8       58              4        0        0          0          0

1999-00     Ottawa                           NHL          79     16:26       22       33       55        -2       40              6        0        4          4          4

2000-01     Ottawa                           NHL          40     12:57          1       12       13          1       12            …      …      …        …        …

Florida                           NHL          34     16:36          4       12       16        -2       10            …      …      …        …        …

2001-02     Tampa Bay                  NHL          81     17:31       18       37       55      -11       38            …      …      …        …        …

2002-03     Tampa Bay                  NHL          80     18:39       22       57       79          9       53           11        4        2          6          8

2003-04     Anaheim                       NHL          82     18:37       19       35       54        -9       54            …      …      …        …        …

2004-05     C. Budejovice              Czech-2    39          n/a       28       60       88          1       82           16     15     15       30       32

2005-06     Tampa Bay                  NHL          81     19:10       25       55       80        -3       50              5        0        2          2          0

Czech Republic            Olympics     8          n/a          4          2          6        -1          2            …      …      …        …        …

2006-07     Tampa Bay                  NHL          82     19:04       14       41       55      -24       36              6        1        4          5          4

2007-08     Tampa Bay                  NHL          62     20:00       29       28       57        -7       39            …      …      …        …        …

Philadelphia                  NHL          18     17:15          4       10       14          7          6           17        3     10       13          6

2008-09     Tampa Bay                  NHL          82     17:41       19       26       45      -20       52            …      …      …        …        …

2009-10     NY Rangers                  NHL          75     20:06       20       38       58          8       32            …      …      …        …        …

2010-11     NY Rangers                  NHL          29     15:19          9       14       23          4          8              5        1        0          1          0

2011-12     Columbus                     NHL          53     18:11          9       24       33      -13       18            …      …      …        …        …

NHL Totals                                                   1,031     17:21     236     477     713      -62     531           65     10     25       35       26

AHL Totals                                                       255            …       74     152     226        …     203              9        3        4          7          8


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