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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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Videos- A Sit Down With John Tortorella, McDavid Skill And Kucherov Impresses

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

John Tortorella speaks with Christine Simpson about his past mistakes as a coach and how he has approached his opportunity in Columbus.

 

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Dallas Trades Lauri Korpikoski To Columbus

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Dillon Heatherington from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for left wing Lauri Korpikoski.

Heatherington, 21, has produced six points (1-5=6) in 38 games played for Cleveland of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season. Last season was his first full professional campaign and he helped Lake Erie to the Calder Cup championship, appearing in 15 playoff contests and recording three assists (0-3=3). In total, he has appeared in 104 career AHL regular season games and has posted 26 points (4-22=26). He will report to Texas, Dallas' top development affiliate in the AHL.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound native of Calgary, Alberta was originally selected by Columbus in the second round (50th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Korpikoski, 30, recorded 20 points (8-12=20) in 60 games played for the Stars this season. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound native of Turku, Finland was signed as a free agent by Dallas on Oct. 10, 2016.
 

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Kyle Quincey To Columbus

 

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Evening Line- Michael Arace

It would have taken minimal effort to flash a picture of Johansen on the Jumbotron and have the PA announcer say, "Fans, welcome back Ryan Johansen," before the game, or during an intermission. It would have drawn some cheers and a few boos, and it would have been done, no sweat.

Johansen's contention: He received no "thank you" because Jackets management is still hot about the vicious contract negotiations that took place in the summer of 2014. If he is right, it speaks to a certain pettiness on the Jackets' part. I would hope that management here is not so small-minded. It would be bad for business.

Yet, Johansen's plea for martyrdom does not come off well, either. He has the size and skill to do his talking on the ice, he should have been supremely motivated, and he played one of his average games — which is why he was traded in the first place.

-Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch where you can read more on this...

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Ryan Johansen Returns to Columbus Without Any Fanfare

from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

On Sunday afternoon, Johansen, drafted by the Blue Jackets at No. 4 in 2010, said that "it feels like everyone’s forgotten about (the trade)," remembering his four-plus seasons in Columbus fondly.

At no point during Sunday’s game, however, did the Blue Jackets recognize Johansen, which he noted afterwards.

"I was a little disappointed they didn't put anything on the (scoreboard) to say thank you or anything like that," Johansen told reporters. "I think we all know who made that call, but whatever."

It’s unclear as to whom Johansen is referring to, though his Blue Jackets career wasn’t always sunny. 

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Video- Jonathan Drouin Shines In OT

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

It was a dazzling 47 seconds, with the puck on the Lightning wing's stick for most of it.

"I was gassed," Drouin said.

Drouin was also determined. With the Lightning blowing a two-goal lead for the second straight night — this time with 41 seconds left — it desperately needed the second point. Drouin made sure of it, his slick steal-and-deke display on the winner lifting Tampa Bay to a 3-2 victory over the Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.

"He wasn't going to be denied on that shift," goalie Ben Bishop said. "He was a man on a mission.''

Said Tyler Johnson: "A pretty heroic effort."

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David Clarkson Today

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

There are days, David Clarkson said, where he plays with his three young kids or skates with a local high school team, and his back gives him a glimmer of hope that an NHL comeback is possible.

But then there are days — like the one just three weeks ago — when the 32-year-old feels so far away from pulling a Blue Jackets jersey over his head.

"I literally couldn't get out of bed," Clarkson said. "I couldn't move. My wife had to call the docs and I laid there and waited for the muscle relaxers to kick in before I could start the day."

Clarkson hasn't been heard from or seen in the Blue Jackets dressing room since late last season. He showed up quietly a week before training camp in September, asked to take a physical he knew he'd fail, and then got out of the way when the Blue Jackets' healthy players arrived.

In a nearly one-hour sit-down with The Dispatch, Clarkson's eyes welled more than a few times on both ends of the emotional spectrum.

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Keep It In The Room Boys

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

What is said in the locker room should stay there.

That was a message Blue Jackets' players delivered Monday morning in wake of a weekend report on Hockey Night In Canada that players had asked coach John Tortorella to tone down his criticism in recent weeks.

"We had another (meeting among player) today to make sure we button our mouths and keep everything in house," veteran winger Scott Hartnell told the Dispatch.

Captain Nick Foligno hopes the Saturday night report from Sportsnet Insiders Nick Kypreos and Elliotte Friedman serves as a valuable lesson of what can happen when team information gets out of the room.

"It's a good learning curve for a lot of guys on how we are going to move forward as a team," Foligno said.

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Another Bad Game For Henrik Lundqvist

from Dan Martin of the New York Post,

The Rangers scored four straight goals in the third period — but instead of celebrating a victory at the Garden on Tuesday night, they suffered a 6-4 defeat to the Blue Jackets.

That’s what shoddy goaltending can do to a team, and once again, the culprit was Henrik Lundqvist, who struggled coming out of the All-Star break, much as he did earlier in January following the Rangers’ bye week.

This time, Lundqvist surrendered three goals on just 16 shots before he was yanked in the second period.

“I know I need to be better,” Lundqvist said in an uncharacteristically brief session with the media after the game. “That third goal is a killer. As a group, we responded really well in the third. Especially the third goal bothers me. It’s back to work [Wednesday] to get better [and] improve.”

Coach Alain Vigneault was at a loss to explain why Lundqvist was off his game again, but had a similar solution as the goalie.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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