Wednesday, March 29, 2006

National Hockey League Columbus didn't make the playoffs

Columbus didn't make the playoffs in its first four National Hockey League seasons, and No. 5 likely won't be any different. But the Blue Jackets captured their franchise-best 29th win and are looking ahead to building on that.
"We're playing for something," said forward Rick Nash, who scored two goals. "We're trying to build a lot of momentum right now and gain some chemistry for the start of next season."
The Sharks had plenty going recently as they continue to work their way up the Western Conference standings and erase their slow start that still has them on the outside of the playoff race.
San Jose wrapped up a five-game road trip but needed to win at Columbus to move into a tie with Vancouver for eighth place - the postseason cutoff. Instead, the Sharks are two points behind with 11 to go.
"We're playing desperate teams every night this time of year," said Columbus goaltender Marc Denis, who had 28 saves. "It is a measuring stick. We're working on putting down the blueprint for next season. To get to where we want to be, this is how we have to play. I think we're starting to understand that now."

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Columbus Bluejackets

Got to give the Jackets credit they pulled it out last night against the Redwings.The game against the Flames was the best I have seen this year.Bluejackets finally showed some spunk and got off their butts and did some hitting.The officials finally let them play instead of the old don't touch me type of game that's been in the NHL this year.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Blue Jackets officials June 23 event at Nationwide Arena

Wow this is so cool way to go Bluejackets.Columbus' image as a professional sports town should also get a boost from coverage given the draft by national media, she said.
The NHL ended weeks of speculation late Tuesday when it disclosed the Columbus Blue Jackets will host the 2007 draft.
Blue Jackets officials expect more than 10,000 fans and 500 media members to attend the June 23 event at Nationwide Arena. They will watch as NHL general managers and coaches select the world's top young hockey players for their teams.
"To have the draft here," said Blue Jackets President and GM Doug MacLean, "is a testament to the tremendous support of our fans who have proven without a shadow of a doubt that Columbus is becoming one of the premier hockey cities in the world."
It will be the first time the Blue Jackets have hosted the draft. The expansion team played its first NHL season in 2000.
The 2006 draft will be held at General Motors Place in Vancouver. Last year's draft was conducted in Ottawa.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Bryan Berard

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Bryan Berard will miss the rest of the season because of a back injury that has sidelined him since Jan. 27.
Doctors hope to decide this week if surgery is needed, team president and general manager Doug MacLean said Tuesday.
Berard has described his problem as a bulging disk in his lower back. He had hoped to correct it through rehabilitation.
Berard, who has 12 goals and 32 points in 44 games, signed a two-year contract with Columbus in August after playing nine seasons for Toronto, the New York Rangers, Boston, Chicago and the New York Islanders.
He was the 1997 NHL rookie of the year with the Islanders and won the Masterton Trophy in 2004 for best exemplifying the qualities of hockey.
Berard was severely injured in 2000 when he was hit in the right eye with a stick. He missed the rest of that season and the following one and still has reduced vision in the eye.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

The Columbus Blue Jackets

COMEBACK
Dallas earned its NHL-best ninth win when trailing after 40 minutes as Mike Modano scored two third-period goals to give the Stars a 2-1 victory at Vancouver on Saturday night.
STREAK ENDED
New Jersey's Martin Brodeur had won six in a row in Pittsburgh since Nov. 27, 2001, only to be pulled in the second period Saturday after allowing six goals on 16 shots in a 6-3 loss to the Penguins. It was Brodeur's 26th consecutive start.
SHUT DOWN
Mathieu Garon made 31 saves and stopped all three attempts in the shootout to lift Los Angeles to a 2-1 win over St. Louis on Saturday night. Garon earned his sixth win in seven decisions and 27th of the season - the most for a Kings goalie since Felix Potvin posted 31 in the 2001-02 season.
STEVE OF OLD
Steve Yzerman turned back the clock Saturday for his first two-goal game since Feb. 11, 2004 as Detroit defeated Chicago 6-4. The 40-year-old Red Wings captain is in his 23rd NHL season.
MOVING UP
Rob Niedermayer scored his first two goals since Dec. 18 and Teemu Selanne added his team-leading 28th goal as Anaheim pulled within two points of Edmonton for the final playoff spot in the West with a 5-3 win over Phoenix on Saturday.
SPEAKING
"Today is a very sad day across the hockey world and here in Atlanta. Boom Boom was an incredible man who meant a great deal to me, and I'm fortunate to have called him a friend and a mentor.'' - Thrashers coach Bob Hartley following the death of Montreal Canadiens great Bernie "Boom Boom'' Geoffrion on Saturday.
FAREWELL
Bernie "Boom Boom'' Geoffrion, the hockey Hall of Famer credited with inventing the slap shot, died Saturday before his No. 5 jersey was retired by the Montreal Canadians in a pre-game ceremony. Geoffrion, who helped lead Montreal to six Stanley Cups in the 1950s and early '60s, died after a brief battle with stomach cancer. He was 75. The Canadians went on to beat the New York Rangers, 1-0.
STREAKING
Mike Grier's goal with 4.6 seconds remaining in regulation lifted Buffalo to a 6-5 victory over Philadelphia on Saturday - the Sabres' fifth straight win and 12th in 15 games. Buffalo, which also had a 15-1-1 stretch earlier in the season, has climbed within two points of Northeast Division-leading Ottawa.
SCARY
San Jose enforcer Scott Parker and Phoenix's Brendan Witt attempted to scale the barrier dividing the benches during the second period of the Sharks' 3-2 overtime win over the Coyotes on Saturday. Neither Parker nor Witt, making his Nashville debut after a trade with Washington, managed to land any big punches. Both were ejected.
STRONG AFTER THREE
The Columbus Blue Jackets, who have only 26 wins, improved to 12-0-2 in overtime - the best record in the NHL - with a 4-3 win over Edmonton on Saturday.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Blue Jackets traded defenseman Luke Richardson

The Blue Jackets traded defenseman Luke Richardson to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a conditional draft pick.
Another stupid trade by Maclain

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

David Vyborny Columbus Blue Jackets

If the Columbus Blue Jackets want to get back on track, they will need to rely on players other than Nikolai Zherdev to score.
The Blue Jackets will try to avoid their fifth straight loss for the first time in over two months when they visit the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
Zherdev, who leads the team with 21 goals, has been Columbus` only source of offense for almost three games. On Feb. 11th, Zherdev scored for the Jackets early in the first period of a 5-2 loss to Nashville.
After the Blue Jackets were shut out 1-0 by Colorado on Thursday, Zherdev scored twice in the first five minutes of the third period in Columbus` 3-2 loss Saturday to Los Angeles.
"It`s a compliment for us to come back like that in someone else`s arena, but it would have been nice to win the game," Nash said. "They`re a good team. They have good defensemen, good forwards and good goaltending. But we played a good game and we were right there with them."
Nash has just one goal in five games while David Vyborny has a goal in eight games.

Friday, March 03, 2006

fans of local team Columbus Blue Jackets

Ohio-based Huntington Banchares has added an online interactive ice hockey game to its Web site aimed at fans of local team Columbus Blue Jackets.
The game was designed to accompany the bank's new Blue Jackets Banking package which includes a branded mouse mat, checks book and cheese card as well as free online banking and bill payment services for customers who sign up.
Huntington says the ice hockey game has attracted more than 4000 game plays since it was launched on 1 February.
Jim Kunk, president of Huntington's central Ohio region, says: "We wanted to offer all of the convenience of our checking services along with a fun way to demonstrate fan loyalty to the Blue Jackets."
The premise of the online game is for the player to skate up ice with the puck, dodging and/or checking the opposing electronic players. As the game progresses, the play increases in difficulty and speed. There is no set ending to the game, just increased difficulty.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Colorado Avalanche face one of their favorite opponents Columbus Blue Jackets

Looking to keep pace in the tightly packed Northwest Division, the Colorado Avalanche face one of their favorite opponents.
The Avalanche look to post their 18th victory in 20 meetings against the Columbus Blue Jackets when the teams meet Thursday for the final time this season.
Since Columbus joined the NHL in 2000, Colorado is 17-0-1 with one tie in the all-time series, outscoring the Blue Jackets, 81-26. The only win by Columbus came in overtime on February 28, 2004.
Rookie sensation Marek Svatos scored twice in the third period for the Avalanche in a 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets on February 10, giving Colorado its third victory in as many meetings this season.
Colorado won its first game since the Olympic break Tuesday, a 4-2 triumph over the Minnesota Wild. The victory moved the Avalanche within one point of Vancouver and Calgary for the top spot in the division race
Joe Sakic has one goal and seven assists in his last five games and needs two assists to become the 16th player in league history to reach 900.
Returning to the ice for the first time since the Torino Games, the Blue Jackets play the second contest of a four-game road trip and will look for their second win in five games.
David Vyborny was one of four Columbus players to participate in the Olympic tournament and helped the Czech Republic win a bronze medal. The other three were Rick Nash and Adam Foote for Canada and Radoslav Suchy for Slovakia