Three Stars: TOR @ CBJ

Posted by DerDrache on April 08, 2015
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It’s been great watching how the CBJ square up with some of the league’s best teams that are sure to make noise in the playoffs. While that’s a great measuring stick, seeing how a team plays against a lesser match up. Toronto’s had a rough year and seems pretty well settled into place for the 4th overall draft position barring a lucky lottery pick. The good news is tonight, the CBJ did what a good teams should do against a team in this scenario: beat them handily. Toronto arguably didn’t see its best scoring chances until the 3rd period and Bobrovsky played the final 20 minutes as if the Jackets held only a 1 goal lead and a wild card spot was on the line. Even though there won’t be a post-season for Columbus fans, there were smiles a plenty as the CBJ faithful headed for their vehicles this evening. Tonight’s stars include: Continue reading…

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Three Stars: PIT @ CBJ

Posted by DerDrache on April 04, 2015
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It’s tough to disagree with Steve Mears’ assessment. The Jackets are winning quality games against good opponents and will finish the season series 3-1 against the division rival Pittsburgh Penguins.

It would have been pretty easy to get discouraged with the start of tonight’s game as the Penguins clearly dictated the pace of play and possession early with very little pushback from the CBJ. With less than 4 minutes left in the 2nd period, Foligno was able to break open the Blue Jackets’ scoring and before the period was over, the game would be tied with a very Matt Calvert-esque goal by none other than Matt Calvert. The Jackets were able to pull ahead to 4-2 with half of the 3rd frame to play to create some distance between themselves and the Pens. A Ben Lovejoy goal brought the Pens within 1 goal but Nick Foligno completed notched his first career hat trick with an empty netter. Continue reading…

Three Stars: CBJ @ STL

Posted by DerDrache on March 28, 2015
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17 shots on goal. Short handed 6 times. Not the recipe for success or what I’m sure the Blue Jackets coaching staff and players had in mind for the evening but at the end of 60 minutes, the only stat that matters was in the Jackets’ favor: 4 goals for, 2 goals against. The Jackets hot streak continues.  Continue reading…

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Three Stars: ANA @ CBJ

Posted by DerDrache on March 24, 2015
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Is it plagiarism if you’re copying your own words? I’ll repeat it: can you imagine if this team could start? That first 20 minutes was rough to watch. Hartnell took the most Hartnell-ist of all penalties to give the Ducks their first of what would be many power play opportunities against the Jackets and Kesler and crew were able to capitalize. Like the rest of the team, Bob looked shaky to start and it wasn’t until after Cogliano’s 2nd goal that Bob really “locked it in” to steal a phrase from Bob McElligot’s post-game analysis. From the 2nd period forward, Bob was like a cat watching a laser pointer, never losing sight of the puck and had a an intensity that Blue Jackets fans have become accustomed to seeing when he’s truly at the top of his game. As much as it pains to me to acknowledge that there’s a role for fighting still in the NHL, it’s undeniable that Boll’s scrap with Clayton Stoner was a huge momentum swing and changed the entire complexion of the game. Instead of giving credit where it’s due, I’ll simply say that a better team wouldn’t have needed a fight to display the same tempo and tenacity we saw after that bout. Regardless, from there on, those in attendance and at home were treated to a physical, high scoring hockey game with some of everything. Let’s dig in to the stars: Continue reading…

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture – CAR @ CBJ

Posted by DerDrache on March 15, 2015
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Well that was an interesting game. By and large I was happy with the Blue Jackets play, even if they trailed in the shots department all evening. They were generating good scoring chances and most of the guys seemed to be skating well but it just wasn’t meant to be tonight. The officiating could best be described as interesting tonight. We saw everything from phantom calls to no-calls to makeup calls. While there are a lot of things the CBJ could point to for why they came up empty-handed tonight, being on the PK 6 times in an evening probably didn’t help. Let’s see who the three stars were: Continue reading…

Three Stars and Game in One Picture CBJ vs. CAR

Posted by DerDrache on March 10, 2015
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OK reader, I’ll level with you. During first intermission I was already writing the intro to this write-up as starting with something along the line of “well the good news is our lottery chances just improved.” Can you imagine what this season would be like if this team could start games effectively? 36 seconds in, it looked like we were in for another one of those games where we just wanted to get out of the opposing team’s barn without any injuries but newcomer Rene Bourque notched his first goal in the union blue sweater (well, mostly white tonight) and then Mister Never-Say-Die Hartnell was able to bury the 2nd and 3rd goal to send it to overtime. The recently stalled CBJ power play found its legs tonight with all three goals in regulation coming with the man advantage. Let’s see who the stars of the night were. Continue reading…

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture CBJ vs. NJD

Posted by DerDrache on March 06, 2015
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The Jackets headed into New Jersey with a lot of historical baggage. Their record against the Devils this season has been hellish. Dubinsky’s return was certainly welcome although it seemed apparent that the CBJ were embracing the tank by starting the game with Boll on his wing. I’ve got to give it to the squad, they really executed well tonight. Perhaps the best thing to see was that after taking the 1-0 lead early in the game, the Jackets didn’t seem to let up and allow a quick answer from the Devils. Continue reading…

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: NJD vs. CBJ

Posted by DerDrache on February 28, 2015
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Given that tonight was a division matchup late in the season by two teams separated by only a few points, the narrative could have been one of excitement and playoff implications. That was not the case in Nationwide Arena this final chilly evening in February. Both the Jackets and the Devils are at less than 0.3% chance of making the playoffs and for the injury riddled Blue Jackets the hits keep coming. Matt Calvert and Brandon Dubinsky are now each out indefinitely with concussions. For this fan, the story of the night was what would we see out of newly acquired David Clarkson? Did he factor into the three stars of the game? Let’s see below. Continue reading…

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: CBJ @ TPA

Posted by DerDrache on January 31, 2015
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The Blue Jackets entered Tampa to face a team that has only surrendered four regulation losses at home this season and whose 66 points are only one shy of the lead for the Eastern Conference. The CBJ played very well to begin the game by controlling puck possession and generating some good scoring chances early. They ran into some penalty problems in the 2nd period but the PK unit and Curtis McElhinney played admirably to keep the game competitive. Unfortunately the Lightning struck in quick succession in the third (only 1:41 apart) and you could see that that the 3rd goal was as deflating as a New England equipment assistant. Head Coach Todd Richards pulled McElhinney with 4 minutes to go and Ryan Johansen was able to net his 19th of the year but that would be the only goal scored by the good guys. Tonight’s three stars according to NHL.com:

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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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