Robyn Regehr? Seriously? Robyn Regehr? Ugh. That part of this game sucked. Coughing up another late lead sucked. But on the bright side, the Jackets have taken three of four points so far on the California trip, and sit one point back of Detroit for the final wild card spot, one point back of Philadelphia for third place in the Metro, and two points back of the Rangers for second in the division. Oh, and they have a game in hand on each of those teams. So yeah, beat the Sharks, and get right back in that thing. Since it’s late, let’s get to the stars.
3rd Star: Jake Muzzin
Muzzin scored a goal. So he gets a star. I wrote Reghr’s section before I wrote Muzzin’s. Muzzin also was terrible territorially tonight, routinely getting outplayed. But at least he was crushed with defensive zone starts (only two o-zone starts all game) and was matched up against the Johansen line. They crushed him but he scored. So he gets a star.
Continue reading Stars of the Night and Game in One Picture: CBJ @ LA
This post is a little scatterbrained. There isn’t really a common thread here, it doesn’t really fit into any kind of “narrative” whether that’s the Jackets season as a whole, their current playoff battle (currently 3rd in the Metro Division!), or even a narrative within itself. It’s just a bunch of video, a screenshot, and some commentary a few smaller items that I’ve noticed from the Jackets over the last couple of weeks. As with their play, it’s predominantly positive. There’s a couple of negative plays, so let’s start there. Beware, there are a LOT of videos, so this may take a minute or thirty-seven to load.
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It’s no secret that the CBJ fan base is full of talented individuals and today on TheUnionBlue we’re very glad to have had a chance to speak with Ashley Ware (@LeAshleh on Twitter) who recently has been generous enough to share what she refers to as her doodles but that I would deem them masterpieces. Some recent samples include her take on fan favorites Boone Jenner and Brandon Dubinsky: Continue reading Interview: Meet Ashley Ware, Artist and CBJ Fan
Readers, if you haven’t heard the term before, this is what you call a trap game. A team like the CBJ with tons of momentum enters the barn of a team that’s had a particularly turbulent year seeing personnel changes both on the bench and behind the bench. It’s all too easy to come off of a 5-1 win against a division leader like the Capitals with a little too much confidence. I think we were a victim of that overconfidence from the moment the puck dropped. Also, as we’ve seen time and time again we seemed to play to the level of our opponent. We lacked the ferocity and work ethic that led us to the previous 5-1 victory against the superior Capitals. Admittedly I missed seeing the 1st goal scored against the Jackets as I was stuck in traffic en route to the CBJ game watching party at the Dublin Buffalo Wild Wings but it sounded like the result of sloppy play in our own end that ended up in the back of our net. Let’s get to the three stars per NHL.com:
3rd Star: Tyler Ennis
Ennis was a key contributor on two goals and logged an impressive 25 minutes for the evening. That said, I can’t help but feel like either one of the net minders would have been more deserving of this 3rd spot. While save percentages and GAA were nothing amazing, had either Miller or Bobrovsky had an off game, we could have easily seen combined goal count approaching the 10-12 mark. Special nod to Bobrovsky for going a perfect 3 for 3 in the shoot out.
Continue reading Stars of the Night and Game in One Picture: CBJ @ Buffalo
Going into tonight’s game, the Blue Jackets faced 9 of their next 12 games at home; an advantage in what is important stretch if the boys in Union Blue want to be in the playoff mix. That home stand started against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight and getting a win was of the highest importance. There were a lot of storylines – Horton’s first game in Columbus, Bob and Calvert were back and this Carolina team was coming in red hot after five consecutive wins. After an average first 10 minutes or so, the two teams started to fire and it was the Jackets that would ultimately come out on top with an exciting 3-0 win. Bonus – the game was clean too! No penalties until the third, and only one PK from the CBJ.
There was a good crowd in Nationwide tonight – and it’s great to imagine that a lot of folks who weren’t at earlier games saw an on-ice product that was exciting and will hopefully draw them back again and again. Plus – a previously unknown treasure was discovered tonight…but we’ll get to that. Let’s start with our three stars as named by NHL.com.
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I think we’re starting to see the inevitable rivalry between the Rangers and Blue Jackets really emerge. With only 4 points separating the 2nd and 7th positions in the Metro and seemingly GMs that have each other on speed dial for trades, these games are getting to be ones you really look forward to as a fan. Tonight’s match up featured the bigger name former-CBJ roster in Nash, Brassard, John Moore. It was great to see the Jackets come out strong in the 1st period and establish an early lead after such a possibly demoralizing beat down at the hand of the Blues. I must admit I had flashes of panic as I watched the lead erode and overtime be forced but the Jackets were able to pick up the 2nd point in a shootout at the hands of a filthy goal by Johansen. Tonight’s 3 stars:
3rd Star: Mark Letestu
This was probably one of Letestu’s best games, I’m glad the local media recognized his efforts. That said, I can’t help but think that Wizniewski might be slightly more deserving of this spot. It seemed like late in the 3rd when the Jackets were getting pushed around Wiz took it upon himself to start launching Wiz bombs at Lundqvist and while none resulted in points they did generate some good rebounds and slow down the Ranger onslaught. With Tyutin leaving the game early everyone had to much a few extra minutes and Wiz put in 28 solid minutes, 8 of which were on special teams duty. At the end of the night, he had a 2 point game to show for it in the form of 1G, 1A.
Continue reading Stars of the Night & Game in One Picture: CBJ @ NYR
You can’t support the Blue Jackets and not be ecstatic with tonight’s game. The Jackets were right there even strength with the Coyotes, were the better team on the powerplay, the better team on the penalty kill, and got the better goaltending. Don’t sleep on Phoenix either, as they are currently a playoff team in the tough Western Conference, and their 49 points would be second in the Metro division. Of course, I’ve buried the lede here, as Nathan Horton made his Blue Jackets debut. That went pretty well.
3rd Star: RJ Umberger
I have no issues with his placement here, even though he had a solid, if unspectacular game (outside of his goal of course). I tend to think of Umberger’s placement here as a vote for his entire line, which just continues to click. Foligno and Johansen were just as great as Umberger was last night, and while I’ve been hoping to see Horton take Umby’s spot on this line upon his return, RJ seems to be doing everything he can to hold onto it. He’s up to 11 goals on the year now, which puts him on pace for a very solid 22 goal, 46 point season. Continue reading Stars of the Night & Game in One Picture: CBJ @ Phoenix
Interesting game tonight. The Blue Jackets controlled the play for the majority of the game, especially in the second period, but sloppy play in terms of coverage, missed assignments, and discipline cost them against the equally undermanned Penguins. With Horton, Gaborik, Bobrovsky, Malkin, Letang, and others out of their respective lineups, a lot of the star power was missing. But the Penguins stars who were on the ice sure showed up, at least on the scoreboard, and the Jackets didn’t really come close to matching the Penguins offensively, despite having a large edge in shot attempts (71 to 40).
Continue reading Stars of the Night & Game in One Picture: CBJ vs. Pittsburgh
The appearance of Jagr and Brodeur marked what started off horribly for the Jackets and the home crowd. But somehow this team found a way to gut out an ugly 5-4 win after going down 3-1 early and take two points from a team that is ahead of them currently in the Metro. It was season ticket holder “free food” night at Nationwide and thankfully the team gave people a reason to return to their seats versus just standing in long lines for tasty eats all night. So let’s get to it and look at the three stars per NHL.com.
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The CBJ rolled into Pittsburgh hoping to come away from the Metropolitan Division’s first place team with 2 points. For the first 40 minutes and much of the final 20 they dictated the pace of play and did nearly everything right, short of burying the puck early. McElhinney had a good evening in net. He gambled and lost with an aggressive poke check on a Malkin who absolutely smoked Tyutin entering the zone and was the victim of some flukey bounces off of Nick Foligno and Sidney Crosby’s equipment for the second and ultimately game-winning goal. Without further ado, here are the 3 stars per NHL.com.
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