Game Discussion

Three Stars: CBJ @ NYR

Posted by The Coach on April 07, 2015
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The streak is dead, long live the streak. After setting the franchise record with nine consecutive wins, the Jackets fell 4-3 in overtime to the Rangers under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden tonight. Down 2-1 in the second period, goals from Marko Dano late in the period and Brandon Dubinsky near the midpoint of the third had the Jackets looking like they would bring that streak into double digits. Alas, it was not to be, as Derek Stepan tied the game up with 27.5 seconds left, before icing it in overtime. The Jackets streak now sits at an uber-exciting OT 1.

3rd Star: Chris Kreider

2nd Star: Henrik Lundqvist

1st Star: Derek Stepan

Really New York media person who picked the stars? All three of them? I get Stepan. Dude scored the game tying and winning goals, picked up an assist earlier, and threw six pucks on net. That has first star written all over it. I can even buy Lundvist. He didn’t have great numbers in this game (gave up three goals, made 29 saves, for a .906 save percentage), but he absolutely kept the Rangers in it during a few stretches where the Jackets had some excellent sustained pressure. But then they added in Kreider. Who was perfectly fine. But no way in hell should all three stars go to the Rangers when the Jackets were under 30 seconds from a win in regulation. No way when Sergei Bobrovsky drops 38 saves, including a number of highlight worthy efforts. I get that there wasn’t another Jacket that was probably worthy of a star based on their boxcar numbers, but Bob was so much better in this game than Kreider it’s crazy.

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: CBJ @ VAN

Posted by Staff on March 20, 2015
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That game went down just as we all thought, right? After a commanding performance by Vancouver for the first period, a Vancouver friend of mine kindly pointed out “the Canucks are on pace for 90 shots!” or “the Canucks are on pace for 60 plus shots!”

What a difference an intermission makes.

The Jackets rallied back after two bang-bang Vancouver goals and scored six unanswered to win the game and leave Canucks fans sounding – well – familiar: “how can we not beat teams we’re supposed to beat?” (Some fans also were yelling “Shoot it!” throughout the game but that’s a story for another day).

Anyway – let’s take a look at the three stars as named by NHL.com:

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture – EDM @ CBJ

Posted by AlisonL on March 14, 2015
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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…

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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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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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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: WAS @ CBJ

Posted by Staff on January 28, 2015
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In the fourth of five meetings this year between the Jackets and the Capitals the Jackets found a way to come off the All-Star break confident and persistent. They beat the Caps 4-3 at Nationwide Arena and Curtis McElhinney stood tall in net. Let’s take a look at the three stars as named by NHL.com:

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: NYR @ CBJ

Posted by AlisonL on January 17, 2015
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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:

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: MIN @ CBJ

Posted by AlisonL on January 01, 2015
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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

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: NSH @ CBJ

Posted by AlisonL on December 23, 2014
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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

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