Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Stanley Cup playoff

The Pittsburgh Penguins did all their scoring at even strength last night in Game 3 of a first-round  series, but the six penalties that the Blue Jackets took exacted a heavy toll. The officials were the fifth line for the Pens terrible calls. Worst game by the refs I have seen this year.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Matt Calvert

Matt Calvert scored a second-period short-handed goal that shifted momentum last night, but it was his goal early in second overtime that ended an historic evening for the Blue Jackets in Consol Energy Center. Calvert was mobbed by teammates after scoring off his own rebound at 1:10 in the second extra period, sending the Blue Jackets to a come-from-behind 4-3 win that is the franchise’s first playoff victory. “It’s unbelievable,” Calvert said. “I think every year of my life I’ve watched the NHL playoffs, and you always dream about being the hero in overtime. “It’s real special for our organization  tonight, and we battled for it. It didn’t come easy. We were down a couple goals at (two) different times. The penalty kill was great when it had to be, and it’s just a great feeling right now.” The best-of-seven series now heads to Nationwide Arena for Game 3 on Monday.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nick Foligno and R.J. Umberger

Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said forwards Nick Foligno and R.J. Umberger have both been ruled out for Wednesday's Game 1 against Pittsburgh, but he's confident they'll play at some point during this best-of-seven, first-round series.
"We're anticipating them both being ready at some point in this series," Richards said. "We just don't know when."
Foligno has a knee injury. Umberger, who is from Pittsburgh, has an upper body injury.
The Blue Jackets, already without right wing Nathan Horton for at least the first two rounds, face a severe experience shortage when compared to the Penguins. The 12 forwards Columbus dressed in their final regular-season game on Saturday in vs. Florida has played only 69 career playoff games.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Nathan Horton

 Nathan Horton’s first season with the Blue Jackets likely will end as it began, with the right wing recovering from an injury. Horton had surgery yesterday in Philadelphia to repair an abdominal tear that he tried to play through for the better part of a month. He’s expected to miss six weeks, meaning he is done for the season, unless the Blue Jackets make a long run in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Bluejackets make playoffs

If it happens tonight, it will be the product of some serious defending. The Blue Jackets have held a 1-0 lead over the Stars for 29 days and counting, ever since Nathan Horton scored at 2:44 of the first period of a March 10 game at Dallas. Jackets win 3 to 1 to make the playoffs.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Blackhawks’ Ben Smith

There were two chaotic scenes in the final 40 seconds of last night’s game between the Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks, and the Jackets ended up on the wrong end of both of them. With 3.9 seconds remaining, the Blackhawks’ Ben Smith scored through a pile of humanity in front of Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, the winning goal in a 4-3 Chicago win before 18,695 at Nationwide Arena.