Photos from The Union Blue & BS Hockey Skate

Posted by DerDrache on January 21, 2015
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I just arrived home from an awesome skate/meet up at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Rink, part of the All Star Winter Park (presented by Worthington Industries) and man, what a great setup. It was great to see so many community members show up and even join us for a delicious dinner at Rodizio Grill. Enjoy the pictures below!

 

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: CBJ @ BOS

Posted by DerDrache on January 17, 2015
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After what I considered to be a great game against the Rangers in Columbus I was curious to see how the Jackets would respond to not being rewarded with 2 points for their efforts. They did exactly what they needed to do in Boston tonight. Not only did they play well but they played very disciplined hockey and were able to open the scoring with a gorgeous power play snipe from Johansen. Continue reading…

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: NYI @ CBJ

Posted by DerDrache on January 10, 2015
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I was interested to see how the Blue Jackets would respond to last night’s loss in Toronto and tonight’s outing certainly wasn’t what I had hoped for. The following panel from the box score pretty much sums up tonight’s effort from the boys in blue:

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Any time you allow yourselves to get outshot by a 4:1 ratio in the first you’re in for a long evening. When Jack Johnson buried a PP goal early, it created a glimmer of hope that the CBJ could turn it around but sadly that never happened. On to tonight’s three stars.

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: CBJ @ TOR

Posted by DerDrache on January 09, 2015
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The Jackets wrapped up their road trip in the hockey hotbed of Toronto with a 2-2 record. Going .500 on a road trip would normally be just uninspiring but with as much ground as the CBJ have to make up and with their Metro Division rivals the Capitals and the Rangers performing as well as they have, collecting 4 of 8 possible points can only be considered a disappointment.

While there was reason for optimism early with Ryan Johansen scoring a great individual effort goal, it seemed like the good guys were determined to play tonight’s game on the highest difficulty setting by allowing the Maple Leafs to notch 4 goals in under 9 minutes of regulation play in the first, including an early demoralizing goal off of Cody Goloubef’s stick. The boys in blue seemed to turn it around a bit in the 2nd period by clamping down a bit more defensively and were downright impressive in the 3rd at times with their puck movement but ultimately couldn’t get out of the hole they’d dug themselves in the 1st 20 minutes of play. Tonight’s three stars of the night include: Continue reading…

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: CBJ @ TPA

Posted by DerDrache on December 07, 2014
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I’m at a bit of a loss to comment on tonight’s game. The Jackets were a mere 73 seconds away from a shutout after weathering an early storm and clamping down to allow lower quality shots and Bobrovsky standing on his head for the 2nd half of the game. The CBJ played a physical game while being able to maintain their discipline and limit penalties, both we’ll put in the “good” column in any away game. The “bad” column is a familiar story: getting outshot 34-20 by a dynamic, young team that is captained by one of the league’s elite scorers in Stamkos. While I’m always grateful for a Jackets win, the kind of play we’ve seen on this road trip simply won’t lead to sustained wins. On to tonight’s stars as seen on NHL.com: Continue reading…

Three Stars and Game in One Picture: BOS @ CBJ

Posted by DerDrache on November 22, 2014
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Ah, the 1 point game. Depending on how you feel this is a glass half full or glass half empty scenario. The problem is the Blue Jackets are parched for points at the moment and anything less than 2 points has to be considered a let down. The CBJ played what may have been 20 of their best minutes of hockey to open the game which was a welcome sight after so many slow starts as of late. While I don’t think anyone was surprised by the shot in the arm that the return of Skille and Calvert seemed to give the team, I was very happy with the newest members of our defensive corps in Jordan Leopold and Kevin Connauton. While it was disappointing to watch a 2 goal lead evaporate after a goal that Bobrovsky will be having nightmares about for months to come, seeing the team rally and tie it to force OT gave the fans in attendance something to cheer about. Now for tonight’s threes stars:

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: CBJ @ WAS

Posted by DerDrache on November 11, 2014
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A slow first 20 minutes, spotting the team a lead and then a rousing 2nd-half effort to make things interesting? Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Sadly it’s become the new normal for the Blue Jackets. Let’s start with tonight’s highlights: I think this may have been one of Wennberg’s best games in a CBJ sweater. Defensively he didn’t look like he was getting out-worked or out-skilled by his Capitals counterparts on the ice. That made me very happy. Boone Jenner continues to assert himself as an on-ice leader and role model for others on the ice. He was rewarded with two assists tonight but he’s been impressive on all 200 feet of the ice, not just in the offensive zone. The bad news? The losing streak continues. We’re at 9 now. Ouch. Tonight’s three stars are:

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: CBJ @ CAR

Posted by DerDrache on November 07, 2014
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The Jackets did exactly what they needed to do to respond to the disheartening loss against the Hurricanes in Columbus on Tuesday: they came out early and defined the tempo by outshooting their hosts 11 to 4 in the first frame. The shots were even in the 2nd period and we saw Hartnell score two very CBJ-like goals by planting himself in front of the net and relying on his peers to put the puck on his stick. Sadly, the momentum ran out and the ice and ultimately tilted against Columbus with an 18-8 drubbing in the 3rd that resulted in Victor Rask getting one past McElhinney after what seemed like an eternity of Hurricanes possessing the puck in the CBJ zone to shore up 1 point for each team and send it to OT. A suspect (at best) holding call on Savard created a lot of open ice and Elias Lindholm was able to bury the GWG on a 4-on-3 power play. On to the three stars: Continue reading…

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: CAR @ CBJ

Posted by DerDrache on November 05, 2014
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This game recap was supposed to be all about the triumphant return of Boone Jenner and Matt Calvert to an otherwise depleted CBJ roster. Instead it’s going to be about unforced errors, ugly turnovers and an abysmal defense. In fairness, I had tempered my expectations for Jenner and Calvert as it always takes a little while for any player on the shelf to regain their rhythm but nothing could have prepared me for the degrees which which the squad on the ice tonight were each marching to the beat of their own drummer. While some are eager to hang this loss on McElhinney, they’re wrong to do so. When your defense allows a bottom-dwelling team like the Hurricanes to put 36 shots on net (18 in the first 20 minutes alone) without any sort of pushback you’re in for a long night. Was Curtis McElhinney a superstar tonight? Not by any means but any time your backup can go .917 for you in an evening, he’s doing his job: keeping your skaters in the game and giving them an opportunity to win. Going 37% in the face-off circle and allowing a short-handed goal? You don’t get to scapegoat the goalie. Sorry all. On to the stars of the evening: Continue reading…

Three Stars and Game in One Picture: CBJ @ ANA

Posted by DerDrache on October 25, 2014
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Well that was ugly. As I tweeted earlier, the Blue Jackets looked like an Eastern Conference team who had just played San Jose the previous night. For every stride our skaters took, the Ducks took two. Truly a disappointing performance for nearly everyone on the ice. While I’d love to pump up Hartnell’s performance for netting his first goal of the campaign and seemingly being the only Jacket that knew where to send the puck (5 shots out of the Jackets’ 17) he gave me a few genuine “what was he thinking” moments such as the tripping call in the 3rd period. I’m not entirely sure I’d even call it tripping but when you leave your feet in an attempt to hit someone who no longer possesses the puck, get ready for a 2 minute timeout. The most disappointing aspect of the game was that we never really tested a shaky-looking Gibson. While I don’t think he came into this game obsessing over his so far unimpressive numbers, he clearly didn’t seem to develop a rhythm until late in the game. I can’t help but feel if we’d have thrown some more garbage at him, we could have snuck in a dirty goal or two. Enough complaining let’s see who the NHL dubbed the three stars of this mess:

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