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Three Stars and Game in One Picture CBJ vs. WSH

Posted by The Coach on March 03, 2015
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I am clearly still reeling from the trade deadline. I should have greatly enjoyed this game. It was an old time hockey game, with a lot of hitting and fighting, and was a close game that was in doubt up until the end. I’ll get to my thoughts in the Stud and Dud sections, but needless to say I wasn’t a fan of the Jackets moves over the last few days. I like the Cam Atkinson extension, as it’s a fair price for a 2nd/3rd line tweener, although the Jackets now have quite of few of those type players signed for decent money. Anyway, back to the game. The Jackets fell 5-3 to the Capitals, after battling back from multiple two goal deficits to keep it within one goal up to the Caps empty netter with nine seconds left. The game featured fisticuffs from new Jackets Justin Falk and David Clarkson (sort of), as well as Cody GoloubefJared Boll and Dalton Prout. Also worth noting was the return of Sergei Bobrovsky, who was solid, stopping 28 of the 32 shots he faced.

3rd Star: Niklas Backstrom

Backstrom is really good. He’s played his whole career next to the lightning rod that is Alex Ovechkin, so he’s constantly overlooked. He gets called underrated enough that he’s probably properly rated at this point, but even watching him he is easy to pass by. He is so good without the puck, and his best skill with the puck is his passing. He’s the kind of guy every player wants to play with. Does all the things away from the puck but with it is always willing to make his linemates look good. His all-around play really opens things up for Ovechkin.

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February 16-March 1 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on March 03, 2015
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Hello all sorry for the delay on updates, here. Either wordpress or my computer decided to crash just as I was about to finish last week’s review and since it was Sunday afternoon I decided to combine all the content and do one of my two week updates.

Starting off in Springfield as we always do, the Falcons opened up against the Hartford Wolfpack. Early in the first, Sean Collins got the puck from a board battle and drove to the net to make it 1-0. The Pack scored next before Dominic Monardo got on the board late in the second. Oscar Lindberg got the Pack’s next two goals including the overtime winner. In the loss Oscar Dansk made 24 saves.

Next, the Portland Pirates came to town for the Falcons annual Pink in the Rink Night. Early in the second Michael Chaput picked up the garbage on a Luke Adam shot but just 11 seconds later the Pirates tied it up. Later in the second the Falcons struck when Corey Cowick scored off a backhand to give the Falcons a lead that would last for about seven minutes before the Pirates would score. The Pirates scored again midway through the third to earn a 3-2 win. In the loss Scott Munroe made 24 saves.

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: CBJ @ PIT

Posted by The Coach on March 01, 2015
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A relatively even 1st period led to a terrible 2nd period, which allowed for the Pittsburgh Penguins to take down the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3 tonight. After getting on the board first late in the 1st, the Jackets gave up a quick tying goal, followed by three Pens goals in the 2nd, and another early in the 3rd. That Jackets managed to score a couple more goals in the third to make it look respectable, but the Pens doubled up the Jackets in shots after the 1st period, and took them 41-25 for the game, were crushed in everything possession-wise at even strength, and the Penguin powerplay went 3 for 6. Tough night.

3rd Star: Daniel Winnik

He’s a guy I’ve always liked and have thought is perennially underrated. He was available this offseason and could have just been signed for pretty cheap. He lasted until late July when Toronto picked him up for a song. After their relatively crappy year, they were able to recoup 2nd and 4th round picks for him. Pretty good move. Would love to see him in a Jackets uniform next season.
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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: CBJ vs. MTL

Posted by The Coach on February 27, 2015
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The Jackets dropped a 5-2 decision to Montreal, although that maybe wasn’t even the biggest Jackets related news of the day. Shortly before puck drop they announced they had dealt Nathan Horton‘s back to the Toronto Maple Leafs for David “Wendel” Clarkson. I’ll address that trade a bit later. As for the game, the Jackets took on the powerhouse Canadiens, and it didn’t go super awesome. After falling behind quickly, the Jackets evened it up just as quickly, before falling behind again almost as quickly. That third goal was one of the rare NHL goals that are almost entirely on the goaltender. After a brutal turnover by Curtis McElhinney, he then struggled to get set for the shot, and then let the puck go right through him. Not great. The game was never really in doubt after that, until a brief period after Marko Dano made it a two goal game but before the Canadiens iced it with an empty netter.

3rd Star: Marko Dano

I was all prepared to write about Dano bailing out on the first Montreal goal (gotta get in that shooting lane, no excuses there), and compare it to Brandon Dubinsky going hard to the net, scoring, and getting hurt. Was going to be something about about the difference between needing to win and wanting to win. Well then Dano plays the rest of the game like his pants are on fire, scores the second goal to get them back in the game, and even had a play he didn’t score on that was quite similar to Dubi’s play earlier. So now I don’t know what to think. No excuse for his work on the Subban goal, so I guess kudos to either himself for getting his ass in gear, or whatever coach kicked his ass in gear.

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: CBJ @ NYR

Posted by Staff on February 22, 2015
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The Blue Jackets wrapped up their five game road trip in Madison Square Garden tonight. After the first period, I doubt you could have found many who would have believed the game would end in a shootout, but the boys in union blue managed to find a way to crawl back, get one point, and challenge for the winner point as well. The team won a total of 5 of 10 possible points on the trip. Let’s take a look at the three stars of the game as defined by NHL.com:

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: CBJ @ MTL

Posted by Staff on February 21, 2015
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That was an interesting game. First in a storied barn such as the Bell Center, the Jackets seemed a bit overwhelmed at first but put up a strong showing – they just came up short on the scoreboard – which is of course, where it matters most. We got to see Carey Price be Carey Price. I had thought the Habs would have gone farther last season if Kreider hadn’t taken him out slid into the net during the post season causing an unforeseen injury.

Anyway, the Jackets are still doing well on this 5 game roadtrip – 2-2 so far, with the Rangers looming. Let’s take a look at the three stars from tonight’s match as stated by NHL.com:

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February 9-15 Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on February 16, 2015
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Greetings all – time again for the week in review.

Starting off with the Falcons as we always do – the Birds opened the week in Manchester where the Falcons let the Monarchs roar out to a 3-0 lead before Dominic Monardo scored off a rebound 44 seconds after the Monarchs third goal. Late in the second, Mike Hoeffel scored to make it 4-2. Oscar Dansk made 25 saves in the loss.

Up next against Providence, the Falcons again fell behind early before Thomas Larkin tied it with a blast off a faceoff win. The game went to overtime, and a second overtime as well taking the play on ice to a three on three when Marko Dano drove to the net and Malcolm Subban stopped him, but Dana Tyrell picked up the rebound for the game winner. Scott Munroe stopped 14 of 15 in the victory.

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: CBJ @ NYI

Posted by Brett Ireland on February 15, 2015
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The Blue Jackets and Islanders played their 2nd out of 4 meetings this season to, well, much the same tune as the first meeting. The Jackets played well for the first two periods, at least in the sense that when the buzzer rang after 20 and 40 the Jackets had scored at 19:28 of the period to tie things up. They hadn’t exactly shot many pucks at Halak, but the ones that got through were solid shots.


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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: PHI @ CBJ

Posted by AlisonL on February 13, 2015
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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:

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February 2-8 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on February 10, 2015
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Greetings again, all! Time for the CBJ prospect week in review. The European guys are off so we have an almost all North American update (we still have to cross the pond for some hardware to be handed out, though).

Starting off in Springfield as we always do, it was a busy week for the Falcons as they had four games this week. The week started off on Tuesday with a game a lot like the CBJ game that day against Phoenix (they lost 4-1) except the Falcons were shutout by a score of 4-0. Friday night, it was a home game against Albany. Sean Collins opened the scoring on a breakaway late in the first period. After a Devils goal in the first minute of the second, the Falcons took over. Two minutes later Adam Cracknell got the puck from a Devils player and drove to the net to make it 2-1. Early in the third on the power play, Michael Chaput banged the puck home for his fourth goal of the season off a passing sequence in which every Falcon touched the puck. Next up, Trent Vogelhuber got the puck from a scramble in the slot and skated the puck in for his seventh of the season that went into an empty making it 4-1. The win snapped a six game losing streak. Oscar Dansk made 29 saves for his sixth win of the season.

Quickly, in local news, Frederic St Denis didn’t play in the game leaving an alternate captain’s A available and it was put on the jersey of Dublin’s own Vogelhuber.

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