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The original call on the ice was goal.
At 17:33 of the second period in the Blue Jackets/Oilers game, video review determined that Columbus forward Matt Calvert used his skate to kick the puck into the net. According to Rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net." No Goal Columbus.
Clune received 5 for interference, a 20 and game misconduct.
from Steph Greegor of Fox Sports Ohio,
“It comes from everyone,” said (Todd) Richards. “It’s easy in this business to get really negative. It’s real easy. But a quote I live by is ‘Pain is inevitable, but misery is optional.’ Losing is hard. It’s hard on everything. But it’s always your attitude and choices the next day on how you’re going to react to it. Are you going to be miserable as a coach? Are you going to be miserable as a player? Or are we going to use last night, what we learned from that, and are we going to use today to get better? I think that’s what everyone did.”
Richards said the players could sense in those one-goal losses just before the hot streak that, even though they were losing, they were about to turn a corner.
“I think they started to sense it, they started to see it, like ‘we’re playing better, we’re just about there,’” said Richards. “And now they’re reaping the benefits of those struggles. To me that’s what makes it more rewarding. Now the big test is: Can we keep this going?”
Richards said, inevitably, something is going to happen. Whether it’s something in a game or an injury or the difficulty of traveling—his team will have to rally. But this is a Coach who isn’t afraid of a challenge—or helping his team work through one.
I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE IN THE BLUE JACKETS. I MISS ARTEM ANISIMOV. MARK MY WORDS, COLUMBUS WILL RISE ONE DAY. The Blue Jackets haven’t lost in regulation (note, this is known as “Blackhawking”) since February 24, 10 games ago! (Nine of those games, insanely, have gone into overtime or a shootout.) Sergei Bobrovsky is second in the league with a save percentage of .932!
Sure, they may be in last place in the Central Division, and Sports Club Stats may estimate their playoff chances at a meager 9.1 percent, and their possession numbers might be pretty atrocious — but this is a team on the move, I just know it. And have you seen the cluster**** (edited) that is the Western Conference? The eight teams battling for the bottom three playoff spots are separated by just five points in the standings. I believe. Nashville, on the other hand? They’re also one of those eight teams, but more importantly, they’re just trying to move on from this atrocity.
-Katie Baker of Grantland when looking at some of the most interesting games this week. (Columbus/Nashville meet twice this week) Read on for more games...
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
The Blue Jackets have a 10-game point streak after tonight. Once left for dead, the Jackets are 6-0-4 in that span and -- Holy Bobrovsky! -- only two points out of the Stanley Cup playoffs in the Western Conference as this is being typed.
Bobrovsky may not be the only reason, but he's at the top of the list. He may be the first four or five names.
In his last eight games, including one relief outing, he's stopped 239 of 245 shots, a .976 save percentage that's almost hard to fathom. After going 98 games into his career with out a shutout, he now has two shutties in his last five outings. The Blue Jackets have scored two goals in their last three games ... and earned four points in the standings.
Sergei Bobrovsky with an incredible save on Dave Bolland in OT tonight.
Blackhawks did win in the SO 2-1 but 'Bob' remained hot, stopping 39 shots.
Scott Cullen has notes on the Maple Leafs' defence, Columbus' goaltending, the top-scoring lines in hockey and money well-spent in Colorado.
THE CONSTANT GARDINER
Leave it to a three-game losing streak and an article doubting that they can maintain their strong start for controversy to find the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Jake Gardiner's agent, Ben Hankinson, took to Twitter after Toronto lost 5-2 to Winnipeg Tuesday night, simply posting the hashtag #FreeJakeGardiner. This is hardly a new phenomenon on Twitter. Maybe it's unusual for it to come from the player's agent, but if anyone wants a player to get more playing time or a better opportunity than they are being afforded in their current situation, this meme has been standard fare. For example, #FreeTrevorBauer (referring to the highly-touted former Diamondbacks, current Indians, pitching prospect) got quite a bit of play in baseball circles last summer. The Diamondbacks were ultimately accomodating, apparently, dealing Bauer to Cleveland this past offseason.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Well, we had warned hockey fans that a short, compacted season would be full of surprises and to expect the unexpected.
But whether you would have believed us before the puck dropped this season that a midseason matchup between the Vancouver Canucks and Columbus Blue Jackets would feature a club in disarray, having won only three times in 12 games, against a red-hot squad with five straight wins, well, I think we all know which club you have guessed was which.
That Tuesday night’s encounter in Columbus in fact pits the streaking Jackets hosting the slumping Canucks, well, I guess that just goes to prove a 48-game season is indeed open to almost anything.
So you might as well believe this, too, that if the Jackets beat the Canucks in regulation Tuesday night, they’ll only be two points behind them in the jam-jar standings of the West.
What in the wild, wild, world of sports is going on, you say?
Calvert had a wide open net after making numerous moves on Detroit's Jimmy Howard.
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
The process started with an incredibly complicated deal — among the team, Nationwide, the convention authority, and city, county and state officials — that took two years to assemble. Under intense pressure, Blue Jackets majority owner John P. McConnell traded power and capital to give his franchise a chance at long-range stability.The Jackets’ new arena lease, and a firmer public-private partnership, placed a team drowning in red ink on firmer ground.
The process received a terrific bilge pumping last week, when the players union signed off on the NHL’s realignment plan. The Jackets, at long last, will head East (pending approval by the league’s governors, which is expected). The move will slash travel costs and diminish competitive disadvantages.It will also boost local television ratings, revenue and viewer interest, if only because most road games will begin at an earlier hour.
The arena deal and realignment are two of the most important developments in franchise history. In both cases, the outcome was not foregone. In fact, given the Jackets’ star-crossed history, one might have expected neither to come to fruition. But here they are, to stun the senses.
Between these developments, the hockey operations department was put in the hands of John Davidson, a move that lent a level of credibility the Jackets have never had. They are rebuilding, again, but the process has an experienced steward this time. Yesterday, they extended their point streak to six games with a 3-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings for their first shutout of the season.There are young assets on hand. More assets are on the way pending the trade deadline, which is April 3. The team has three first-round picks in the upcoming draft, which is deep.
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