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Videos- Sergei Bobrovsky Injured In Blue Jackets Loss To The Kings

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

It was hard to watch the Blue Jackets play last night against the Los Angeles Kings without wondering how ugly the score would have been – 5-1? 6-1? 8-1? – if not for the wizardry of goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

With 5:35 remaining, when Bobrovsky left the game with an apparent upper-body injury, the rest of the Blue Jackets got what they deserved.

The Kings, facing backup Curtis McElhinney, scored an extra-attacker goal w 1:27 remaining to force overtime (Jeff Carter), then ended it with 26.5 seconds remaining in 3-on-3 play (Alec Martinez), claiming a well-earned 3-2 win before 15,633 in Nationwide Arena.

Bobrovsky will be evaluated today. So too, yet again, will the Blue Jackets’ character, heart, willpower, etc., all those high-quality hockey traits that seem to come and go with stunning regularity in Columbus.




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Video- John Tortorella After A 2-1 Shootout Loss To The Florida Panthers

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Tortorella didn’t think the Blue Jackets were stoked enough to play the Panthers, like they would be to play, say, the Pittsburgh Penguins or, tonight’s opponent, the Philadelphia Flyers.

“I don’t understand how we can disrespect an opponent when we’re looking up at all 29 teams,” Tortorella said. “It’s another lesson that we’re going to have to learn as we keep plugging away here, trying to get ourselves well.

“But this one … I didn’t expect this one. I thought we were beginning to find our way. But as a group, right on through the lineup, it was disrespectful to our opponent.”


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Video- Nick Foligno Fight With Nathan Beaulieu

via Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

There were questions after the game about whether Beaulieu should have returned to the game. But coach Michel Therrien said the defenceman went through the NHL’s concussion protocol between the second and third periods.

“I wasn’t surprised (to see him back),” said Subban. “He was fine on the ice. I think kind of when he got hit he was kind of already going back, falling back, He was fine on the ice, he was flying out there.”

Weise said Foligno showed restraint when he held up on a punch after tagging Beaulieu with a solid right.

“That’s pretty good respect there,” said Weise. “Foligno’s a hard-nosed guy. I think he kind of let up on him when he went down there. He’s a little more undercover tough than a lot of guys think. I fought him a few times, he’s a tough guy.

“That was huge for Bo stepping in there. He’s done that a couple of times this year,” added Weise. “That gets a huge boost and a lot of respect in our locker room.”

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Scott Hartnell Knows He Took A Dumb Penalty

from Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers,

Scott Hartnell knew it.

The veteran Blue Jacket, whistled for a tripping penalty against Montreal Canadians star P.K. Subban with 2:34 remaining in a tie game, could sense it coming.

“They have one of the best power plays in the league,” Hartnell said. “Sometimes, when you’re sitting in the box you know they’re going to score. You have a feeling that something bad is going to happen.”

It did....

“I don’t know if he was trying to draw a penalty, but he did a pretty good job of selling it,” Hartnell said of the 6-foot, 210-pound Subban.

“At that time of the game, a call like that screws us, basically,” Hartnell said. “I have to take the onus.”

His coach did that for him.

“We played our ass off tonight,” Jackets coach John Tortorella said. “It’s sloppiness with the penalty. Total sloppiness and it cost us.”

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Afternoon Line- Ken Hitchcock

Why were the Blues so successful on face-offs Saturday against Columbus? You'll remember they won 37 of 53 (69.8%) of the draws. 

Well, Hitch knows why: "The other team was cheating, and we got the linesman to square them up and they didn't win any draws because of it.

Hitch: "They were turning and cheating and we dinged them on it. They had to go about it with fair play and they couldn't beat us."

Hitch: "They had a couple of guys who got us in Columbus. We asked for help on it and we didn't get it, and we got it the last game."

-Ken Hitchcock, head coach of the St. Louis Blues via Jeremy Rutherford tweets.

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John Tortorella On Ryan Johansen

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com (5 questions),

What is your feeling on Ryan Johansen?

"It's going to be a process. Joey wants to learn, and he does have a lot to learn. It's great, the points, and I don't want to begrudge him that.

In St. Louis the other night, he made some really good plays. We didn't score a lot, but he was close.

But it's the other part. The other part is how you handle yourself in practice and how you prepare yourself for the practice. Your preparation for games. It's the little things you do as you're trying to become a pro, because Joey has a lot to learn as far as what it is to be a pro. I say that and that shouldn't surprise anybody because he's still a fairly young man in this game. The points are great. That's great. But I don't judge him on the points.

I watch his game and we're going through a teaching process. We're trying to get the right type of foundation on what it is to be a pro and what's the definition of competing, what's the definition of hardness, what is the definition of engagement. It's all those things. He's right in the middle of it with us."

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Morning Line- John Tortorella

“We’re not going to whine here. Pittsburgh can whine. Pittsburgh whines enough for the whole league, so there’s no room for any other team to whine. We’ll just go about our business.”

-John Tortorella, head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets when asked about Brandon Dubinsky's suspension.  More on the Blue Jackets from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

The video version via Sportsnet,


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Video- Brandon Dubinsky Suspended One Game

Patrick Burke with the explanation.


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A Little Bit Of Everything In The Columbus/Pittsburgh Game

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Blue Jackets,

It had stick fights, fistfights, boiling bad blood, vocal baiting and post-whistle whining. It had pucks hitting the referees in the helmet — three times — by accident. It had Brandon Dubinsky cross-checking Sidney Crosby in the neck, maybe not by accident.

It had Evgeni Malkin throwing haymakers at Jack Johnson — while Johnson’s arms were held by a linesman. So, it had dancing bears.

It also had overtime, a first for the Blue Jackets this season. It had a comeback victory for the home team, a rarity for the Jackets this season. It had a packed house at Nationwide Arena, another rarity. In fact, it was the first sellout since the opener.

The Jackets beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 before an announced crowd of 18,205 on Friday night. Cam Atkinson scored the winning goal at 2:42 of overtime. Dubinsky assisted to put an end to a Duby kind of game.

“That’s the way it always is against these guys,” Dubinsky said. “They’re hard-fought games. Both teams create scoring chances, power plays, blocked shots, fights, scrums — it was a little bit of everything. We wouldn’t expect anything less against the Pens. That’s the way it always is when we plays those guys.”

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John Tortorella Not Happy With Blue Jackets Win Over The New Jersey Devils

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

It wasn’t pretty. It rarely is against the trap-happy New Jersey Devils.

But the Blue Jackets felt plenty fortunate — maybe even lucky — to have emerged with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday night before 13,567 at the Prudential Center.

And, even in victory, it appears that coach John Tortorella is wearing thin on patience.

“A number of things is maddening about our club right now,” he said. “I’m not going to talk about individuals. It was a team effort in sloppiness. We’re lucky we won.

“We have zero habits right now.”

Well, zero good habits, maybe.


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