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Video- Matt Calvert With A Nasty Cross-Check

Two for cross-checking.

 

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The Canadiens And Blue Jackets Are Down 0-1, Now What?

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

Here we are one game into a playoff run that kicked off with such hope in the Habs Nation and the Canadiens are already in a deep hole. It’s only one game, but the fact is that Game 2 Friday night at the Bell Centre has become an absolute must-win match.

You can’t tell me that the Habs can drop two at home and then somehow win four of the next five against this impressive Rangers squad — Not happening.

So we’re in deep dung. It’s a long way from over and there’s time to adjust, but this is serious.

Meanwhile the fan base is evenly divided between irrational optimism and equally irrational, dark pessimism. I’m the oh-so-rational objective observer and I think Montreal is in big trouble, but there are ways to deal with the trouble.

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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispath,

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The Columbus Blue Jackets Plan To Pound The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Clean, but hard. Physical, not flagrant.

The Blue Jackets aren’t looking to make any friends in their first-round playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but they don’t want to be on speed dial at the NHL’s offices, either.

“Every time you get a chance to get a lick on one of their top guys, you absolutely have to do it,” Blue Jackets veteran Scott Hartnell said. “Do it legally. You can’t get your stick up. You can’t get your elbows up. You don’t want to put your team down a man.

“But we want to skate, use our legs, get in on pucks and turn things over. They’ve got some banged-up defensemen, and we need to put some heat on them.”

The Blue Jackets had their best season — and finished fourth in the league’s overall standings — by being one of the most-difficult teams to play against, with a smothering forecheck, four relentless lines and a collection of players who don’t mind the rough stuff.

They can’t change now that the stakes are higher. If anything, they need to amp it up.

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Video- Zach Werenski Leaves Game After Hit From Alex Ovechkin

 

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Give the Hart To ‘Bob’

from Gary Lawless of TSN,

Break out the Jay Onrait clips. Bobrovsky is neither off the case nor a disgrace to the department. To the contrary, he should win the Hart Memorial Trophy for his work this season.

The fine print says the Hart is awarded to the player judged to be most valuable to his team. But just as much that, in reality, this is an award for the best player in the NHL in any given season. This year, that’s Sergei Bobrovsky.

No other player has been as important to his team and its results as Bobrovsky has to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Take Bobrovsky off the C-bus and it’s not necessarily in the ditch but it isn’t nipping at the Capitals for the league lead. John Tortorella is having a fine season behind the Blue Jackets’ bench, but his greatest act of coaching every night is filling out the lineup card with Bobrovsky as his starter. Torts should bronze the pen he’s been using this season. 

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Seth Jones Standing Out For Columbus

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

On Saturday, he pulled 24 minutes, 24 seconds of ice time as the Blue Jackets defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 at Nationwide Arena. On Thursday, he pulled 26:47 and scored a goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Capitals in Washington.

It's not the ice time or the offensive aplomb or any other single facet of Jones' game that grabs attention. It is his burgeoning hossification. Jones is showing he has the ability and the desire to take control of games. That makes him a special defenseman, especially as the calendar turns from March to April.

"Our last two games, some guys just haven't played well and haven't been totally there," coach John Tortorella said. "I think it's probably the two best games I've seen (Jones) play. ...

"I cannot explain how many things he has done well, especially these past two games. It goes very unnoticed. He's also in charge of the kid next to him. But, man, the past two games, some of the things he has done ... it's really encouraging as we look forward to the real stuff."

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Video- Roman Polak Will Have A Meeting With NHL Player Safety

Polak received 5 for boarding a game.

 

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At Least One Very Good Team Will Be Knocked Out In The First Round Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

No one around the NHL views the Presidents' Trophy as a predictor of playoff success. Since 2003, only two of 13 teams that finished No. 1 overall have gone on to win the Stanley Cup.

But winning that title has added value this season because the NHL’s top three teams, Washington, Pittsburgh and Columbus, are all in the Metropolitan Division. The runner-ups in the race will face each other in the opening playoff round.

“That’s going to be a test right off the bat, and it could leave a mark for the second round,” Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz told USA TODAY Sports.

The Chicago Blackhawks, currently fourth in the Presidents' Trophy race with 100 points and nine games remaining, could easily step up and win it. But that wouldn’t change the reality that the losers of the battle for Metropolitan Division supremacy have a tougher playoff road.

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Talking Presidents’ Trophy In Columbus

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

John Tortorella doesn't want to discuss the race for the Presidents' Trophy, or as he referred to it Friday, "the Presidents' whatever it's called."

Proper nouns aside, the Blue Jackets coach is fine with his players using it as incentive for the last 13 games. Tortorella also knows what comes with having the best regular-season record in the NHL, especially for the top three teams in the outrageously competitive Metro Division.

The winner would have home-ice advantage throughout the postseason while a team theoretically finishing just two or three points behind the champ could open the playoffs on the road. That's how tight the division standings are as the Blue Jackets head to New York to face the Islanders today and the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.

Capturing the Presidents' Trophy would earn the franchise its first banner. Of more immediate relevance, however, is securing home-ice advantage. If the top three teams in the league wind up being from the Metro, the third-place club would start a best-of-seven series away from home.

"That's what you are fighting for," captain Nick Foligno said of home-ice advantage. "It just gives us great motivation every game. I know we are playing some teams that are out of (the playoff race) or are fighting for (a playoff spot), and it allows us to have that emotion every time we step on the ice."

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Hot Bobrovsky

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Bob is on fire. This was his third consecutive shutout. He has gone 179 minutes, 29 seconds without allowing a goal. It's the second-longest streak of its kind behind Devan Dubnyk, who earlier this season went 183:16 without letting a biscuit in his basket.

The Blue Jackets' franchise record: Steve Mason, before he was ground down, had a shutout streak of 199:19 in 2008-09, his rookie season.

"(Bobrovsky) made two or three really good saves there (in the first)," coach John Tortorella said. "I don't think we gave up a lot of chances during the game, but the timing of his saves has been very important for us."

Bobrovsky shrugged.

"I just try to stay focused, as usual, and help as much as I can," he said.

He looks and carries himself like a kid who grew up across the street from Beaver Cleaver. It's genuine. He comes from a place — Novokuznetsk, in southern Siberia — where the rivers still freeze in the winter. His goaltending idol? It was not Vladislav Tretiak, who Bobrovsky resembles in stature and athleticism. No, Bob followed the local guy he was able to see live, Vadim Tarasov.

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