CBJ Post-Game No. 41- Korpisalo
The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning by the final score of 3-1.
The Bolts opened the scoring on their home ice in the first period. Jonathan Drouin scored his 13th goal of the season. Valtteri Flippula and Ondrej Palat had the assists.
Josh Anderson evened the game for his 10th of the season. David Savard had the lone assist.
Nick Foligno got the game winning goal in the early part of the third period. The captain's goal was his 15th of the season. Zach Werenski and Alex Wennberg had the assists.
Boone Jenner added a late empty net goal for his seventh of the season.
Jonas Korpisalo stopped 30 of 31 shots. Andrei Vasilevsky stopped 28 of 30 shots.
CBJ Post-Game No. 42- Florida Has Their Number
The Florida Panthers held on to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets by the final score of 4-3 in regulation.
Shawn Thornton opened the scoring with his first of the season. Aaron Ekblad the lone assist.
Scott Hartnell tied the game at one off a power play goal. The veteran winger's goal was his 11th of the season. Ryan Murray and Seth Jones had the assists.
Cam Atkinson gave his team the lead for his 21st of the season. The goal was unassisted.
Vincent Trocheck evened the game again at 2-2. The Panthers' All Star's goal was his 14th of the season. Jason Demers had the primary assist.
The former Blue Jacket got his team ahead 3-2. Jonathan Marchessault's goal was his 13th goal of the season.
Jaromir Jagr got his team up further with a 4-2 lead for his eighth of the year. Trocheck and Jakub Kindl had the assists.
Boone Jenner pulled his team back to within one with his eighth goal of the season. Brandon Dubinsky and Seth Jones had the assists.
CBJ Post-Game No. 43- Raleighed
The Blue Jackets came back and scored four answered goals to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes by the final score of 4-1.
Sebastian Aho opened the scoring for the lone Hurricanes goal of the game. The Finnish rookie's goal was his 11th of the season. Teuvo Teravainen and Lee Stempniak had the asssits.
Boone Jenner evened up the score at one a piece in the late part of the first period. Jenner's goal was ninth of the season. Cam Atkinson and Ryan Murray had the assists.
Seconds later, Brandon Dubinsky scored what was the game winning goal. That was his fourth goal of the season. Ryan Murray had the only assist.
Dubinsky added another goal in the second for his fifth of the season. Jenner and Atkinson had assists on the goal.
Lukas Sedlak netted another goal for the Jackets for a 4-1 lead. That was his fifth of the season. Sam Gagner and Scott Hartnell had the assists.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 24 of 25 shots. Cam Ward stopped 32 of 36 shots.
The Blue Jackets had struggled in Florida and Raleigh over the weekend as they did not have Sergei Bobrovsky. He was ill, causing the reason why the team had Anton Forsberg and Jonas Korpisalo in the farm league.
The Jackets also sent Markus Hannikanen and Anton Forsberg to the AHL. Forsberg, Ryan Craig, and Oliver Bjorkstrand were named AHL All Stars from the Monsters.
Also, the Winter Park is back in Columbus. It was great when I was there for All Star Weekend. Last year, Torts cracked his ribs on the ice. This year, we'll see.
CBJ Game No. 44- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Ottawa Senators
The Columbus Blue Jackets battle the Ottawa Senators tonight in their first meeting of the season.
The Senators hold the final wild card playoff spot, being quite the story for the first half of the season.
Last season, the Ottawa franchise missed the postseason and fired Dave Cameron as their head coach. They hired Guy Boucher as the head coach. And the former Atlanta Thrashers coach Marc Crawford is the assistant coach. Pierre Dorion was named GM of Ottawa as Bryan Murray had been suffering from complications of cancer.
The Sens also lost a veteran defenseman in Chris Phillips to retirement. They also let other guys walk in Matt Frattin, Jason Akeson, Mark Fraser (EDM), and Patrick Wericoch (COL). They also traded Mika Zibanejad to the Rangers and Alex Chaisson to Calgary.
The Senators acquired Derrick Brassard from New York and Patrick Sieloff form Calgary. They also added veteran wingers in Chris Kelly, Tom Pyatt, and Mike Blunden. They also added Mike Condon in a trade with Pittsburgh for a fifth round draft pick as Craig Anderson had been in and out of the lineup to support his wife.
In terms of the lineups, Zach Werenski is a game time decision. Markus Nutivarra is injured and Scott Harrington drew in. For Ottawa, Anderson and Andrew Hammond and Clarke MacArthur were out of the lineup.
Zack Smith--Derrick Brassard--Mark Stone
Mike Hoffman--Jean-Gabriel Pageau--Tom Pyatt
Ryan Dzingel--Kyle Turris--Bobby Ryan
Chris Kelly--Curtis Lazar--Chris Neil
Marc Methot--Erik Karlsson^
Dion Phaneuf--Cody Ceci
Mark Borowiecki--Chris Wideman
Scratched: Fredrik Claesson, Casey Bailey
Injured: Craig Anderson, Andrew Hammond, Clarke MacArthur
Columbus Blue Jackets
Brandon Saad--Alex Wennberg--Nick Foligno
Boone Jenner--Brandon Dubinsky--Cam Atkinson
Matt Calvert--William Karlsson--Josh Anderson
Scott Hartnell--Lukas Sedlak--Sam Gagner
Zach Werenski--Seth Jones^
Jack Johnson--David Savard
Scott Harrington--Ryan Murray
Sergei Bobrovsky ^
Scratched: Dalton Prout
Injured: David Clarkson, Markus Nutivarra
^ = NHL All Star
Enjoy the games tonight.
More to come.
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