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Columbus Blue Jackets Make Playoffs for First Time in Franchise History

Monday, April 13th, 2009

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The Columbus Blue Jackets became an NHL franchise in the 2000-2001 season and have endured consecutive losing seasons until this year.  For the first time in their entire franchise history, not only did the Columbus Blue Jackets have their first winning season this year, but they also managed to clinch a playoff spot for the #7 seed in the Western Conference Standings. 

The Blue Jackets finished the regular season tied for third place with St Louis in the Central Divison with a 41-31-10 record and 92 points.  The Blue Jackets are the #7 seed and will play the #2 seed Detroit Redwings in a best-of-7 series starting with Game 1 in Detroit on Thursday night.  Game 2 will be Saturday night in Detroit.  Game 3 and 4 comes back to Columbus on Tuesday and Thursday night. 

The Detroit Red Wings finished in first place in the Central Divison.  Detroit has always been a power-house in hockey and this will be a tough matchup for Columbus.  I predict the Blue Jackets lose the series in 5 games.  Even if the Blue Jackets get swept or lose the series, the hockey team and personnel can be proud of the Blue Jackets success and improvement this season and how far they have come as a franchise.

Blue Jackets Close Out Season

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

The Columbus Blue Jackets closed out the season by losing to the St Louis Blues 4-1  in Columbus, Ohio at Nationwide Arena Sunday afternoon. 

Interestingly enough, the Columbus Blue Jackets still lost on Sunday afternoon, even after having more shots on goal than the St. Louis Blues.  The Blue Jackets outshot the Blues 36-19 and had almost twice as many shots on goal than the St. Louis Blues did.

Goalie Hannu Toivonen had a great game making 35 saves for the St Louis Blues.

St Louis Blues Center Keith Tkachuk made a milestone by scoring his 500th career goal on a short-handed empty net with 1:44 left in the game and also had an assist.

Maybe the Blue Jackets lost their last game at home because they were playing their last regular season game with 6 of their regular minor league affiliates in the lineup and were without LW Fredrik Modin, RW David Vyborny, C Dan Fritsche, C Jiri Novotny, D Dick Tarnstrom, D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, and LW Jason Chimera. Also the better Goalie Pascal Leclaire (24 wins and 17 losses) was not playing, instead Goalie Fredrik Norrena (finished the season 10 wins and 19 losses) was playing.

The Columbus Blue Jackets finished the season 34-36-12 and have failed to make the playoffs again since becoming a franchise and entering the league in 2000. The season is a little bit of a dissappointment for the Blue Jackets. At one point of the season it looked like the Blue Jackets had a chance at making the playoffs. On the bright side, there is always next season and General Manager Scott Howson has $20 million to spend in the off-season to improve the team.

Blue Jackets Defeat Canucks 3-2

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

The Columbus Blue Jackets got their 3rd consecutive win at home for the 2008 New Year as they defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena.

The Blue Jackets took advantage of Vancouver penalties in the first period scoring on 2 power plays to take a 2-0 lead.

The Blue Jackets were 2-of-7 on the power play and the Canucks were 1-of-3 on the power play. Vancouver had a total of 8 penalties for 16 minutes and Columbus had a total of 4 penalties for 8 minutes. Five of Vancouver’s penalties were in the first period.

Vancouver scored 2 goals, 1 at the end of the first period, and the other in the 2nd period to tie the game at 2. Columbus Left Wing Jason Chimera scored the go-ahead goal, assisted by Dan Fritsche and Manny Malhotra to make it 3-2.

Pascal LeClaire had 25 saves as the Vanouver Canucks outshot the Columbus Blue Jackets 27 to 21.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are 22-18-6 overall for the season and are 16-6-4 at home, while they are struggling with a 6-12-2 record on the road. Columbus is currently tied for 10th in the Western Conference with 50 pts and are still in the playoff race for now.  They are playing well at home, but the Blue Jackets need to start winning on the road and improving their road record if they want to have a shot at making the playoffs this year.

Bombers Lose to Trenton

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

The Trenton Devils defeated the Dayton Bombers 4-1 Friday night at Sovereign Bank Arena in front of 2,474 fans.

Dayton forward Brad Bonello took advantage on the power play for the Bombers scoring in the first period for the only goal of the period and the only goal of the game for the Bombers.

The Bombers were without two top players Friday night, center Yannick Tifu has been loaned to Albany (AHL) and forward Matt Beaudoin has been loaned to Iowa Stars (AHL).

An interesting fact is that Brad Bonello had the worse +/- on ice time for the Bombers, with -3, even though he scored the only goal for the Bombers Friday night.

Trenton center Trevor Kell scored in the second period scoring the only goal of the second period on a power play to tie the score at 1.

Trenton would score the other 3 goals all in third period. Colin Pepperall scored the go –ahead goal in third period with 5:06 left to go to give Trenton the lead. Dayton pulled its goalie late in the game and Trenton scored the other two goals on an empty net to close out the game.

Calgary Flames Defeat Columbus Blue Jackets

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Mikka Kiprusoff had 36 saves and the Calgary Flames defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 Tuesday evening at Nationwide Arena.

Calgary Flames defensemen Adrian Aucion scored the only goal of the first period of the game on a power play. The Flames were 1-of-6 on the power play, while the Blue Jackets were 0-of-6.

Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla scored the other 2 goals for Calgary all in the second period. Curtis Glencross scored the only goal for Columbus in the second period to make it 2-1, but Jarome Iginla scored the other goal in the second period to make it 3-1.

The Blue Jackets had 37 shots on goal, while the Flames only had 23 shots on goal. Columbus won 36 face-offs compared to just 23 face-offs won by Calgary. Just by looking at the box score with shots on goal and face-offs won, you can clearly tell the Blue Jackets outplayed Calgary Tuesday night. This loss tonight for the Blue Jackets is a disappointment because of all their hustle tonight.

The Blue Jackets fell to 14-13-6 and the Flames improved to 17-13-5. The Blue Jackets next game is against Los Angeles Friday night at 7PM.

Dayton Bombers Defeat Wheeling Nailers

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

Dayton, Ohio -The Dayton Bombers hockey team defeated the Wheeling Nailers, 4-2 in front of 3,221 fans at the Ervin J Nutter Center Friday night.

When the Bombers scored first, less than 3 minutes into the game, it appeared that it was going to be a high-scoring contest. However, that was the only goal for both teams in the first period of play.

The Nailers outplayed the Bombers in the second period when they scored two consecutive goals to take the lead in the game. The Bombers leading scorer, Yanick Tifu, responded by scoring a goal on the Bombers power play to tie the game 2-2 before the end of the second period.

During the third period, play was stopped for an extended duration when one of the Wheeling players was injured and left a pool of blood on the ice. Even though it was an inadvertent stick in the face, the Wheeling players appeared very agitated. However, the Bombers went on to outplay the Nailers and score two more goals to “nail” the victory.

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Columbus Blue Jackets Crush Colorado Avalanche

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 in front of 13,150 fans at Nationwide Arena Wednesday Night.

Fredrik Norrena had 15 saves for the Blue Jackets as they dominated Colorado to improve their record to 14-11-6 while Colorado dropped to 16-13-1.

Columbus Blue Jackets rookie center Dan Fritsche assisted center Manny Malhotra for the only goal of the first period. (Note: Dan Fristche has a brother, Tom Fritsche that plays for the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team.)

The Colorado Avalanche only score was in the second period to tie the game at 1, after a Ben Guite goal assisted from Andrew Brunette and John Michael Liles.

Jared Boll, Kyle Beech, and Sergei Fedorov scored the other 3 goals for the Blue Jackets. Fedorov scored his goal on an empty net with 50 seconds left to play.

This win was significant because before the last two times the Blue Jackets won, they were 2-21 against the Colorado Avalanche in franchise history.

The Columbus Blue Jackets beat Colorado Avalanche last week 5-4 at home when they made a furious comeback in the third period scoring 4 goals.

The win against Colorado for the second consecutive time, shows Columbus is definitely an improved team since the franchise began in 2001 and will eventually make the playoffs – even if they don’t make the playoffs this year – they will in the next few years.