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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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Video- The Whistle Should Have Blown Devils/Blue Jackets

from Rich Chere of NJ.com,

The Devils trailed, 2-1, when a delayed holding penalty was being called against Columbus Blue Jackets winger Nick Foligno. Henrique ultimately scored the goal at 8:28, but the on-ice officials talked it over in a huddle.

That was something Devils coach John Hynes had never seen before.

"I haven't seen it," Hynes said.

Did he hear a whistle?

"No," Hynes said.

The goal was disallowed and referee Jean Hebert explained to Hynes that the whistle should have been blown when Blue Jackets forward Gregory Campbell touched the puck at 8:26.

"The referee just said they had touched it and hit it into the corner," Hynes said. "I have no more comment on the referee or the decision."

more on the play and the Devils did lose 2-1.

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Ryan Johansen On The Trade Rumors

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

 Ryan Johansen did not seem all that surprised on Wednesday his name had been linked to trade rumours, but said his mentioning on Insider Trading threw his parents for a loop back home in Vancouver.

“It’s new,” Johansen said. “It definitely catches your mom and your dad’s attention. You know, they’re always thinking about their boys. It is what it is. I haven’t been down this road, but a lot of players have been down this road. It’s my job to play hockey.”

TSN Insider Darren Dreger reported Johansen, 23, is not being actively shopped by Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen, but that Kekalainen is not “dismissing the interest” and will listen to offers.

It’s a lot different of a situation than Johansen being untouchable, which is the reason for some surprise. Johansen is a bona fide No. 1 NHL centre, a franchise building block the Blue Jackets yearned for so long to acquire. 

Johansen refuted the notion that whatever move might come next from the Blue Jackets would be because of his holdout from training camp last October. Sources indicated there has been lingering discord between Johansen’s camp and Blue Jackets’ brass, but Johansen denied that on Wednesday.


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John Tortorella After Thirty Days In Columbus

from Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers,

Tortorella was asked to assess his first 30 days, personally and professionally, this afternoon. The Jackets are 8-7 since he replaced Todd Richards on Oct. 21.

Forget the personal part.

“The only thing I worry about is the team,” Tortorella said. “Am I where I want to be with the team? No. We still have a lot of work to do. The biggest points – and they are two things you can control: We need to be consistently harder, and we need to play with pace. Those are two big points that we’re trying to get situated.”

There is always a push when a coaching change is made. Cliché, but true. It wasn’t readily apparent when Tortorella took over – the Jackets were 4-3 in his first seven games – but there has not been a pronounced drop when the newness wore off, either.

“It’s been up and down,” Tortorella said. “I don’t look at it as a lull. It’s been up and down. A big reason why we bring them in (to practice yesterday and today) is because we don’t have a full understanding of the standard we need to be at in all areas of the game. Some things you can’t control in our game, but it’s how hard you play, how hard you are with your bite as a team, and the pace you play with – you can control that.”


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The Columbus Blue Jackets Cannot Afford To Lose Games Like This

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets had come to believe that this kind of performance – this type of monumental collapse – was behind them, like a distant, awful memory of their fragile start to the season. But the ghost of third periods past return to Nationwide Arena on Sunday, haunting a club that has no margin for error but keeps throwing away points.

The Blue Jackets’ 3-1 lead early in the third period evaporated in a snap, and the road-warrior San Jose Sharks left town with a 5-3 win before 13,397.

“It should be in the bag,” Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said. “To me, it’s unacceptable. I don’t think we played our best game, my any means, but we’re in a position to win that game. We have to find a way to close it out.”

The Sharks put a bright red bow on a six-game, six-win road trip, the first in franchise history. They won in Detroit, Buffalo, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Columbus, and they ended it with a third-period comeback win.

"They found a way to win," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "We found a way to lose."


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Two Defensemen Down For The Columbus Blue Jackets

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

A few minutes before the Blue Jackets came out for the second period against Nashville, coach John Tortorella walked out of the training room and into the dressing room with a sobering message.

The Blue Jackets, playing their second game in 24 hours, would be forced to play the final two periods with only four defensemen after losing Cody Goloubef and veteran Fedor Tyutin to injury.

“This is the kind of game that brings a team together,” goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky said....

The win helped lift the pall that was cast by Goloubef’s injury. He was struck by a puck in the first period, suffered a broken jaw and was taken to Dublin Methodist hospital to be treated. It’s not a short-term injury.

Tyutin suffered an upper-body injury and is out indefinitely.

more on the 4-0 win by Columbus over Nashville..

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Videos- Bobby Ryan And Patrick Wiercioch Injured By Hits Last Night

via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

But you can forgive everybody if the celebration was tempered by the fact winger Bobby Ryan — the club’s hottest player — had to be helped off the ice with 4:14 left in the third after he was smashed into the boards by Columbus defenceman David Savard, who was thrown out and will likely be suspended.

“Bobby brings an offensive skillset that is irreplaceable,” said Anderson. “We’ll have to wait and see what’s going on with him. You hope for the best and you never like seeing guys get hurt.”

While it appeared to be a shoulder for Ryan, the Senators were already without defenceman Patrick Wiercioch. He may have been the fifth player on the club’s roster this season to suffer a concussion after he had to be helped off the ice in the second after being hit by Columbus winger Nick Foligno.

The CP says no update on Ryan post-game...

Ottawa lost Bobby Ryan late in the third after being hit by David Savard and Patrick Wiercioch left early in the second after taking a hit from Nick Foligno. There was no update on either player following the game.

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Videos- Columbus/Arizona Walk The Fine Line Between Fighting Majors And Roughing Penalties

19:42 ARI Shane Doan  Game misconduct against  Boone Jenner
19:42 ARI Shane Doan  Misconduct (10 min) against  Boone Jenner
19:42 CBJ Boone Jenner  Misconduct (10 min) against  Shane Doan
19:42 CBJ Scott Hartnell  Roughing against  John Scott
19:42 ARI John Scott  Roughing against  Scott Hartnell
19:42 ARI John Scott  Roughing against  Scott Hartnell

Video evidence....



Below, Doan talks about the calls by the ref plus video of another flare-up...

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Blue Jackets Looking For Some Defensive Help

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen returned on Wednesday from the NHL general managers meetings in Toronto.

With all those wheelers and dealers in one room …

“There was good conversation,” Kekalainen said. “It is so hard to make deals in the league right now, but I think you’re going to start to see some movement here soon.”

Kekalainen has been trying to make a trade (or two) for weeks now — he wants to shore up the defense — ever since the Blue Jackets started the season in a tailspin.

When coach Todd Richards was fired after an 0-7-0 start and replaced by John Tortorella, Kekalainen laid off his cellphone only slightly.

“We kept talking — you’re always talking, right? — but I wanted to give John time to evaluate some of our players, get his opinions,” Kekalainen said. “I’m getting some pretty good opinions out of him now.”


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Video- John Tortorella After A 5-3 Loss To The Vancouver Canucks

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Asked if Foligno was snakebit, Tortorella said, “That’s great. Snakebit. We need a big play out of him. He had a couple of chances to score. We’re going to say, ‘Nick, his game is coming.’ But to me, he needs to make a big play.

“We’ve got to stop these moral victories and find a way to grind that out. We were not hard enough when we were up 3-2. We were not hard enough mentally and defensively, away from the puck, and that’s what cost us that game.”

And that is the Blue Jackets’ season to date, in 100 words or fewer.

The Jackets are 4-12-0. They are 4-5 under Tortorella, and they have begun to describe their identity — which, in a word, is “tenacious.” Yet there are some lingering problems, which, for some strange reason, are most pronounced at home.

Tortorella called out the team’s captain, but only because Tortorella was asked about Foligno’s fruitless shot. He could have cited any number of players for crimes and misdemeanors.


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