Going in to Friday’s game, Edmonton had 47 points, good enough for second worst in the league. Columbus had 62 and is 13th in the East. The two teams took 65 minutes plus to settle things but when the dust settled, the Jackets came out on top off a shootout goal from Alexander Wennberg…a goal that will never show in his official stats, but will be remembered as a first NHL game winning goal. When the three stars came out per NHL.com, they honored that line, that beautiful line of Hartnell-Wennberg-Dano that has been a revelation…
This is the kind of game that reminds you exactly why we love the sport so much. While this game lacked some of the snarl of last year’s Philly-Columbus matchups, it had a few storylines with both teams trying to see if they can claw back up the rankings at all for the playoffs as well as the celebration of former Flyer Scott Hartnell’s 1,000th game. It had drama – as there were some interesting non-calls and the culmination of the Jackets storming back from a 3-1 deficit to ultimately win 4-3 in overtime.
It was a fun night and a great way to send off the home team before they hit the road for their next 5 games. Let’s take a look at the three stars as named by NHL.com:
The Blue Jackets are now on a four game losing streak. The first three seemed to show uninspired hockey, but last night was different. After a significant line jumbling by Todd Richards, and the addition of rookie Josh Anderson, the Jackets showed tenacious, physical, offense-minded hockey. They outshot the Rangers, they out possessed the Rangers, but Lundvist out-saved the Jackets. And that’s the tale of the tape.
Let’s take a look at the three stars for the game as named by NHL.com:
Merry New Year! Well that was fun. After an unsteady start marred by three penalties and lackluster offensive production, the Jackets came back to win in a defining way by controlling the third period and bringing home a 3-1 win on New Year’s Eve. The victory brings the Jackets record for the month to an unbelievable 10-1-1 which marks the winningest month in Blue Jacket history. A hearty crowd of just over 18,000 people showed up for fireworks both during and after the game. Let’s get on to the three stars as named by NHL.com
Well it had to happen some time. The Jackets suffered their first regulation defeat and only second loss overall in the last ten games last night to the Nashville Predators. It was a weird game – for those who follow possession-based stats, last night marked the best Corsi showing of the Jackets in quite some time. One can argue that score effects – a trailing team works harder to score when there is a goal differential of 2 or more, and a leading team takes their foot off the gas a bit in the same scenario – were in play, but the Jackets still put up a respectable CF% of 45.71% at even strength in the first period which ended zero-zero. It really seemed to come down to the disallowed goal (by Foligno) that took the focus out of the Jackets’ game and led to a loss. This team needs to play better because bob is going to be average from time to time and last night was one of those nights. Let’s take a look at the three stars as named by NHL.com
Well that was a game, wasn’t it? It had a little bit of everything and by everything I mean every possible way to score happened: short-handed goal, power play goal, penalty shot, shootout, regulation goal…and then you add in one almost line brawl and a quite a few scuffles, 55 hits between two teams and a first period that pretty much had your head spinning and you have one enjoyable night of hockey (did I mention the Jackets now have 6 wins in a row?). The Jackets were able to hammer out a win against the team that eliminated them from last year’s playoffs and ensured that this season’s record against PIT will include at least one regular season win. BUT for the third time in a row, the Jackets beat a conference opponent WHILE giving them a point. That certainly makes a climb to a playoff spot that much more difficult and the push and pull between what this team can do and what if they get a top pick in the draft continues. Ah the drama. Let’s look at the three stars from last night’s game as named by NHL.com:
Oh hey there, CBJ! Four wins in a row, undefeated in December and a rallying first team goal for a waiver pickup that just turns out to be a game winner (nice work Kevin Connauton). The team still isn’t where they want – or need – to be, and unfortunately this win came at the cost of giving an in-division opponent a point as well (preventing what Jackets faithful would at least be a tie in the standings after tonight). But here we are, winning feels better than losing and a nice little rivalry continues to brew. Let’s take a look at the three stars as decided by NHL.com:
Well hey, that was fun! The Jackets broke the recent losing skid by beating the
return of Derek MacKenzie’s team Florida Panthers 2-1. After the game last night, some were saying that the game wasn’t “exciting” or “good hockey” but I, for one, was very encouraged to see some spirited play from the team and a rather consistent effort, even if it didn’t always show statistically. As they say, points are points no matter how you get them. The two newest players back in the room, Kerby Rychel and Michael Chaput, showed up and did exactly what called up players are supposed to do – give the team a jump and help propel the team to a win. Possession wise, it was a weird game. At even strength the Panthers had the Corsi advantage of 57% for the game, but the Jackets won the final frame, at 53.85% Corsi for which was enough to keep the Panthers from sneaking in a tying (or heaven forbid) game winning goal. (An interesting note, is that the Jackets HANDILY won the first period Fenwick battle at 62.50% – 20 blocked shots for the CBJ on the night) Let’s take a look at the three stars as named by NHL.com.
Well. The Jackets fell 5-0 at home on Black Friday to the Vancouver Canucks. It was a weird game. If you’re a possession stat person, the Jackets played well and competitively on paper. Take a look at this shot chart:
If you compare this to recent Jacket games, it’s the best the CBJ have done in hanging with an opponent and staying equal or better in offensive output – especially through the first two periods. But as Nick Foligno said in post-game interviews, the team doesn’t seem to have the confidence to survive getting scored against, and the goals against rained down in the third.
Let’s take a look at the three stars courtesy of NHL.com:
HOW BOUT THEM JACKETS? Well my friends, the streak…it is over. The Jackets went to Philly today, and left with Scott Hartnell’s pride in tact. What an effort from the Jackets. Have we seen a more complete, full-60 game from this team, regardless of roster, this season? The Jackets went into Philly and took away a much needed 2 points as well as a good ego boost as the team now looks to the second half of a back to back tomorrow night versus San Jose. Let’s get a look at who the NHL named the three stars…hot tip, I’m going to disagree…