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from Don Brennan of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Sun,
I dropped by another spot to watch the Blue Jackets play the Carolina Hurricanes. Except even with the 40-odd TVs in “Brothers”, the Jackets game was not on. The Pittsburgh-Buffalo game was, but no Jackets.
How odd is that? They had won 8 of their last 9. Where was Jackets fever?
“Oh yeah,” the bartender said when I told him the home team was playing in Carolina. “It should be on. It’s probably over by now.
“Hey, do you mind if we put on a movie? We usually do on Mondays. It’s Animal House tonight.”
Just keep one TV on hockey if you don’t mind, I said.
I got to watch the end of the Penguins-Sabres game – Pitts was lucky to escape with a victory, no matter what the 3-0 final suggests – and also learned that the Jackets choked up a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 in Carolina.
Suddenly, the Jackets have lost two in a row. They’re not so hot anymore. And we wonder, does anyone in frigid Columbus really care?
“I hate to sound so corny, but winning solves everything. With the group of guys like we have, it’s unbelievable. We’re all like brothers. It’s like a big fraternity in here. We all care for one another, and we play for one another. I think that’s one of the reasons we’re having so much success.”
-James Wisniewski of the Columbus Blue Jackets. More on the Blue Jackets from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch.
from Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers,
For all the little subplots, this was a big-picture game. It was critical, pre-break game against a divisional opponent. It put a thump in the standings.
The Jackets defeated the Flyers 5-2 in front of 15,571 at Nationwide Arena. With that, the Jackets (26-20-4) moved ahead of the Flyers (25-21-6) and into third place in the Metropolitan Division.
“We’re skating, we’re competing, we we’re blocking shots, we’re creating the offense off the forecheck,” said Blue Jackets center Artem Anisimov, who had an assist and was one of 10 Jackets with at least one point tonight.
“The power play is huge. We have a talented group here. But we execute our gameplan first. We play defense first, and the offense come after. The top teams in the NHL, everybody plays their system. You do that, you can win 2-1 or you can win 5-2. We do the little things better. The sticks are in the right positions. We shoot the puck at the right time. We make the little plays.”
In 2026, are we going to be talking about Hall of Famers? Bobrovsky? Johansen? Murray?
Are we going to be talking about hanging numbers in the rafters? Yet we ought not stand on tiptoe to foresee the future, just as we oughtn’t revert the eye to lament the past. OK, it took awhile — but what is in front of us is a good team, well-coached, soundly managed. It is, to date, the best team that has ever donned the Blue Jackets’ colors. And it is only just gaining traction.
-Michael Arace on the Columbus Blue Jackets. More at Puck-Rakers.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
The Blue Jackets are off today after sweeping their second straight back-to-back. They weren't perfect, and it wasn't often pretty, but the Jackets survived Buffalo with a 4-3 shootout win in First Niagara Center on Saturday.
That's six straight wins for the Blue Jackets, matching a franchise record. They last won six in a row from March 24 to April 3, 2006, when Doug MacLean was general manager, Gerard Gallant was coach, goaltenders Marc Denis and Pascal Leclaire were alternating starts and the Nationwide Arena cannon was just a faint idea.
None of the current Blue Jackets were on that club, of course, so none of them had idea that six straight wins was a record.
Honestly, most of them responded like this: "Really? Six? That's it?"
“I was kind of surprised the (franchise record) was only six games,” center Ryan Johansen said.
COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed forward Blake Comeau on Injured Reserve, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Comeau suffered a sprained knee during practice on Thursday and is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks.
Comeau, 27, currently leads the Blue Jackets in hits with 131. He has also scored three goals and dished out eight assists for 11 points with 21 penalty minutes in 43 games this season. Acquired by Columbus in a trade with Calgary on Apr. 5, 2013, he has recorded 70-89-159 in 404 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Flames and Islanders.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
Johnson, who has represented the United States 10 times in various levels of international play, insisted that his frustration and disappointment will not affect his performance with the Blue Jackets, or the way he plays under Richards.
But he clearly feels he wasn’t fully supported by his coach and others within USA Hockey.
“I read the article that said three coaches unanimously left me off,” Johnson said, referring to a report by ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside, who chronicled the behind-the-scenes machinations that led to the final roster, including some stinging criticisms of certain players and details of how coaches and management voted.
“It’s over now. … Anything that’s said now is empty and meaningless. When I needed the belief and trust, I didn’t get it, and I didn’t get it when it counted from numerous people.”
“The team’s picked. I sat there and watched it on TV along with everybody else. That’s how I heard. From TV.”
The ESPN article never states that Richards voted against Johnson being on the team, but it does say in more than one instance that the coaching staff, as a whole, favored other players after Johnson got off to a poor start this season. Anaheim’s Cam Fowler claimed the last spot on defense.
Kreider received a major for boarding and a game. Tyutin did not return and post-game reports state he suffered a charley-horse
Up and over the shoulder of Brian Elliott...
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