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Sound Familiar?

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel was at once angered and delighted by the fracas that coincided with the final horn Friday in the Blue Jackets’ 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

Anaheim forward Corey Perry, who had been pushing the limits of legal physical play throughout the game, took a whack at Blue Jackets center Antoine Vermette, then jabbed at him two or three times before throwing what Arniel termed a “sucker punch.”

A five-on-five skirmish ensued. Skirmish, I say, because it stopped just short of an all-out line brawl. As Perry skated away holding his arm, Vermette and Ducks winger Bobby Ryan wrestled each other to the ground and drew roughing penalties at the 20:00 mark of the third period.

Remarkably, Perry was not given a penalty. But there is a check next to his name in Arniel’s book.


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Blue Jackets Want Their Crowd Behind Them

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Early in the second period Wednesday, with the Blue Jackets up four goals and cruising toward an 8-1 rout of the St. Louis Blues, an ordinary, weeknight game seemed to morph into a main event.

The Nationwide Arena crowd was sparse, announced at 10,265. But those on hand could surely feel the buzz in the air, a sense of electricity and passion that has been all too seldom seen since the first few years of the franchise.

“I remember it being sold out all the time and being really, extremely loud,” said left winger R.J. Umberger, who was a freshman at Ohio State when the Blue Jackets joined the NHL. “I remember thinking that it was a young crowd that still was learning hockey, but you could see and feel the passion. It was a football/sports/crazy/hockey environment.”

The Blue Jackets, who play the Colorado Avalanche tonight, hope Wednesday’s win was the first of many memorable nights to follow under new coach Scott Arniel and the new combative resiliency he’s trying to instill.


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All That Was Missing Was The Hooligans

from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

It’s commonplace for players to limber up by kicking a soccer ball in a circle, but the teams are usually separated by a considerable distance to avoid conflict. For example, in Nationwide Arena teams play soccer at either end of a 200-foot hallway.

The Blues, however, are the one visiting club with a history of circumnavigating the unwritten code in Columbus, an NHL source said. Last night, Blues players walked around the inside of the building to hold their soccer game within about 100 feet of the Jackets’ players, eyewitnesses added.

Jackets alternate captain R.J. Umberger, who does sprints before every game, apparently ran through or nearby the Blues’ circle sparking a verbal exchange, several eyewitnesses said. Umberger has grown weary of what he perceives as gamesmanship by the Blues, a source said. The Blues certainly have set a physical tone against the Jackets in recent seasons and the local club has not always responded well.


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Blue Jackets Get Beat Up In The Central

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

Since joining the NHL in 2000, no franchise has had a worse record (79-115-36) within its division, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Not the Florida Panthers. Not the Atlanta Thrashers. Not the perpetually rebuilding New York Islanders.

While the Jackets are encouraged by an 8-5 start, the bulk of their divisional games lie ahead, starting tonight with a key matchup against the streaking St. Louis Blues in Nationwide Arena.

The Jackets understand any chance of making the playoffs means posting a respectable mark within the NHL’s most competitive division. The Central has produced two of the past three Cup champions in Detroit (2008) and Chicago (2010) and placed four teams in the 2009 playoffs.

When new coach Scott Arniel was researching the Jackets job, the club’s futility among division rivals stood out like a Nikolay Zherdev suit.

The Predators have beaten the Jackets 14 consecutive times in Nashville - the NHL’s longest home winning streak over another team. The Jackets are 1-7-2 in their past 10 trips to St. Louis.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 11/06/10 (And a Look Ahead to Southeast Games Tonight)

Gotta play catch-up again first, as yesterday’s minor league update took longer than expected and robbed from some of my otherwise-set-aside-for-writing time. Alas, it’s Saturday morning’s edition of JJ’s Three Cheers.

From Thursday’s games first:

***Cheers to Ottawa’s Jason Spezza, who put up a goal and four points in total, factoring in on all of his club’s offense as the Senators downed the New York Islanders 4-1. Losers of six straight (and outscored 20-5 in their last five contests), consider that quality start to the season officially neutralized and then some for the Isles.

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Will Columbus Carry The Momentum Forward?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Hands up all you hockey fans who had the Columbus Blue Jackets winning seven of their first 11 games this season and, on the morning of Nov. 5, sitting with as many wins as the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks.

Yeah, didn’t think so. I know I certainly didn’t see it coming, either.

But before we all coronate the Jackets as this year’s version of the 2009-10 Phoenix Coyotes, a club that stunned the hockey world, understand that the Columbus GM himself isn’t sold just yet.

“We’re still a work in progress,” Howson told ESPN.com Wednesday. “We started strong last year, too, record-wise. So we’re not thinking we’re one of the better teams now. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us and the players know that. We’ve got a lot to prove. That’s our mindset.”

A closer look at the numbers reveals the basis for Howson’s hesitation.


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JJ’s Three Cheers, 11/4/10: Mason, Matsumoto, Jovanovski

The daily toast to last night’s stars around the league (with an extra day to quickly catch up on, thanks to an annoyance in another sector of my life that was completely beyond my control). Now then…

From Tuesday’s games, JJ’s Three Cheers go out to:

***Mathieu Garon of the Columbus Blue Jackets, for a 29-save, 3-0 shutout over Montreal
**Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom, for a 36-save, 1-0 blanking of San Jose
*And big time cheers to Vancouver’s Raffi Torres, whose hat trick led the Canucks to a 4-3 win over Edmonton.

On to last night, with a few highlights to throw around, as usual:

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Talking Columbus Attendance

from Stu Hackel at Habs Inside/Out,

Listening to TSN’s Bob McKenzie on the Team 990 “Morning Show” today, hosts Denis Casavant, Elliott Price and Shaun Starr got him talking about the small crowd last night in Columbus for the Canadiens-Blue Jackets game (which was announced at 10,466, well below the capacity of 17,206 and even their average so far this season of under 12,000). The team has had its lowest ever regular season crowd this year (9,802 for their Oct. 20 game against Anaheim) and are one of four NHL teams playing to early season crowds below 80 percent of their capacity, the others being Phoenix, Dallas and Tampa Bay.

Cassavant asked McKenzie if the league was worried about the Blue Jackets attendance (adding that Commissioner Gary Bettman never professes to be worried about anything).

McKenzie replied that the league’s public stance has been less concerned about the attendance numbers and more focused on the commitment of owners to continue paying the bills when their ticket revenue goes south (no pun intended…well, maybe a little). “And right now,” McKenzie said, “the McConnell family who owns the team haven’t indicated they’re prepared to throw in the towel.”


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Looking For The Real Columbus Blue Jackets

from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

The quick snapshot of the Blue Jackets everyone had hoped to use as a window on the season is a little blurry.

You can squint and hold it anyway you like, but it’s hard to make out. Are those the playoffs we’re looking at or are those the pits? No matter how hard you squint, no matter how closely you look, it’s hard to know for sure.

Last night, the image had a playoff look after a 3-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens. But because this followed a 5-1 loss at the Colorado Avalanche, it’s still hard to know what this means.

The Jackets are only 11 games into an 82-game season. That’s not enough to make sweeping judgments or even judgments that aren’t so sweeping. It would have been convenient if the Jackets had won their first 11 games and set everyone’s mind at ease, or even if they had lost the first 11 and allowed us to set them aside and spend our winter nights reading the complete works of William Shakespeare.

The Blue Jackets are 7-4. In another place at another time, that would be cause for runaway optimism. In a place that has seen one losing playoff series in nine seasons, a place where last season’s 12-6-2 start turned into a disaster, a place with a new, unfamiliar coach and a new system, the tendency is to dwell on three bad losses and shrug.


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Montreal Media Gets To Brassard

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard said he did not sleep well last night, and he woke early this morning. The torment was caused by an interview Brassard gave to Montreal radio station CKAC on Monday evening.

Brassard apologized profusely this morning. He could have chosen his words more carefully, Brassard agreed. But he also said the radio station misconstrued his words and inaccurately portrayed his comments when they posted them on their Web page.

“It’s not something I said that I would take back, but it’s something I would do with other words,” Brassard said. “I didn’t express myself well, and the Montreal media ... they tried to get a headline of me.”...

But here is Brassard’s take, first to the issue that the Blue Jackets should be lumped in with the Atlantas, Floridas and Phoenixes of the world as potential clubs that could relocate to Quebec.

“They ask me a question of the fans and the low attendance in the stands,” Brassard said, “and my answer was ‘Right now we’re not playing well at home, so there’s pretty much no atmosphere. The fans are mad about last year, and we need a better record if they’re going to be behind us.”

The other question was the nuclear bomb, one which Brassard didn’t quite defuse.

“The other question was ‘Are the owners behind your team?’

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