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Two Points

Wow!  What a game.  Not necessarily the game I expected, but it was a great game.  Every period brought its own challenges, and even felt like a completely different game.  The highlight of the game for me, aside from the win of course, was the outstanding hit on Avery by Commodore.

Jakub

Jake Voracek scored his first NHL goal, Derick Brassard scored his second NHL goal, Murray scored, and Kristian Huselius scores his first goal as a Blue Jacket.  The Jackets were up 4-2 with three minutes remaining then the Stars score twice to tie it up.  Overtime begins, and the Jackets looked…decent.  With 30 seconds left, our Captain, took it upon himself, and won the game for us, with a beautiful wrister that went right by Turco. 

The game was a game that we should have had in regulation.  But, we did show character, by coming back and winning the game in overtime.

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Update on Malarchuk

The men of Puck-Rakers have been keeping us up to date on the Clint Malarchuk situation.  Here is the latest.

Blue Jackets goaltending coach Clint Malarchuk is recovering from a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the chin that he suffered Tuesday afternoon at his Nevada ranch.

His wife, Joan, told police the shooting was accidental.

The former NHL goaltender, perhaps best known for having his jugular vein severed during a 1989 game in Buffalo, was found by police bleeding profusely from the mouth and chin after he shot himself with a 22-caliber rifle, according to a Douglas County Sheriff’s report.

All the best to Clint and his family at this time, and I hope he makes a quick recovery.

 

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Malhotra on IR & Predictions

Center Manny Malhotra has been put on injured reserve.  He will not be playing tomorrow night in Dallas, Derek Dorsett is heading to Dallas with the team.  Not exactly the way we want to start the season, but what can you do?

The season opens tonight for the NHL in North America, the Jackets however don’t play until tomorrow. There are so many questions that come with this season.  Not just with the Blue Jackets, but with all the teams.  The Dispatch has an excellent preview up for the season not just for the Jackets, but for the entire league. 

The Jackets are such a crazy team, it’s hard to preview them.  You never know what to expect, and usually the thing you think is least likely to happen, does.  Here are some of my predictions for the season for the Jackets.

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Apparently hockey isn’t a sport…

My good friend Sherry at Scarlett Ice had this up on her site, and I couldn’t resist putting it up here.  According to this CFL player, Milt Stegall, the sport we all know and love isn’t a real sport.  I…am speechless.

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Filatov to Syracuse

Nikita Filatov was assigned to the Syracuse along with Derek Dorsett.  Aaron Rome, Craig MacDonald, and Derek MacKenzie also cleared waivers and are being assigned to the Crunch. 

The Russian Federation hasn’t processed Filatov’s papers so that he can play for the Sudbury Wolves.  Filatov is able to be called up at any time by playing for Syracuse.  It’s going to be interesting to see how he does down there.  I have no doubt he will do well, but it’s always fun to watch a player develop.  With both Filatov and Dorsett being assigned to Syracuse that means that Manny Malhotra might be ready to go Friday, even though he didn’t practice today.

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The ‘Hitchionary’

Michael Arace put out one of the funniest (to me at least) articles that I have seen in quite some time. 

He took words that Ken Hitchcock uses ALL the time, and turned them into a bit of a dictionary to get us ready for hockey season, the result….Hitchionary.

Below are some of the words included, but I urge you to read it all.

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The Decision Has Been Made

The Blue Jackets have placed Aaron Rome, Derek MacKenzie, and Craig MacDonald on waivers.  Teams will have until noon tomorrow to pick them up off of waivers, if they are not picked up, they will be sent to Syracuse.  I sincerely hope that Rome isn’t picked up, he’s such a great defenseman, and I still think he should have had that 8th spot, which goes to Marc Methot.

It’s a sad day for this Blue Jackets blogger.

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Filatov Steals the Show

Rookie Nikita Filatov was all over the ice on Sunday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.  He scored the first goal of the game, and then ended up with the game winner in the shootout. 

The Blue Jackets fell behind 4-2 in the third, and with less than three minutes left Jake Voracek and Jason Chimera scored fifteen seconds apart to tie the game up.  Fredrik Norrena was in net for for the first two periods, then Dan LaCosta was called in for the third.  He stopped a Jason Blake breakaway and was solid in the shootout stopping all the shots he faced.

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Matvichuk Released

The Blue Jackets released Richard Matvichuk from his tryout today.  He is hoping to get on with another club.  He was trying to earn a spot on a team with an already packed blue line.  He had a decent camp and was good in the preseason.  Best of luck to him.

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Preseason coming to an end!

The preseason is finally coming to an end.  After the game tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the roster will go from 31 to 23 players.  It’s crazy to think that hockey season has snuck up on us so fast.  Anyway, onto the game tonight, I am pretty sure it will be on the Leafs site but I will keep you posted.

The Maple Leafs are coming off of a tough loss last night to the Detroit Red Wings.  Here’s their lineup for tonight:

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