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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.”
“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.”
more on the game
Watch Tortorella post-game below...
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.
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."
four more questions and answers...
“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,
Patrick Burke with the explanation.
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.”
Below, watch the Malkin fight plus game highlights...
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.
Game highlights are below...
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.
Watch the no-goal below...
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.
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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