Before the CBJ Stanley Cup playoffs puck drops: Round 1, Game 3

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS GAME THREE (2) PITTSBURGH PENGUINS v. (7) COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS SERIES TIED 1-1 The series starts anew tonight, but Columbus has the advantage this time around. By splitting the first two games of the seven-game Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center, the Blue Jackets have...
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Playoff Hockey Is Back In Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers, The Blue Jackets will be backed by a sold out crowd in Nationwide Arena tonight -- the diehards who have endured all along, those who drifted away and have fallen back in love, and the newbies who are getting their first look at the greatest spectacle in sports ... the Stanley Cup playoffs. Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said he was...
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Blue Jackets look to get healthy, take advantage of home ice

Columbus -- In the wake of last night's double overtime 4-3 victory over the Penguins in Pittsburgh to even the series at 1-1, the Blue Jackets held an optional skate this afternoon at Nationwide Arena. After a gritty, hard-working, come from behind win, they deserved a day of rest. To a man, they are focused on the task at hand that will unfold tomorrow evening in the friendly...
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Jackets come back from 3-1 deficit against Penguins to earn first playoff win in franchise history

Matt Calvert scored a second-period short-handed goal that shifted momentum last night, but it was his goal early in the second overtime that ended a historic evening for the Blue Jackets at the Consol Energy Center. Calvert was swarmed by teammates after scoring off his own rebound at 1:10 of the second overtime, giving the Blue Jackets a come-from-behind 4-3 victory, the first...
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Pens go flat, Blue Jackets take advantage

PITTSBURGH - It was sometime around the middle of the second period Saturday night -- long before the game would be decided -- when the Columbus Blue Jackets started playing a little faster, controlling the puck a little longer, getting to more loose pucks. The Pittsburgh Penguins led, both Game Two and the series, but started going flat. And stayed flat. It didn't end until...
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Blue Jackets Game 2 Morning Skate

PITTSBURGH -- Ahead of Game 2, RJ Umberger is making his return to the lineup after being out with injury. Although he has been to the playoffs before, this is a big game for him. He's a Pittsburgh native that calls Columbus home now. Columbus head coach Todd Richards was asked what he expects from Umberger in Game 2. "I'm expecting him to come out, play fast and play...
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For Blue Jackets, minor tweaks are recipe for success

Chalk the loss up to nerves, or maybe to inexperience. After squandering a two-goal lead in game one Wednesday evening in Pittsburgh, the learning curve must be swift for Columbus if they hope to rebound against a fast, skilled Penguins team on Saturday. They proved to themselves that they have the wherewithal to play at this level. The key is now to play their game for the full...
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Good showing not good enough for CBJ

PITTSBURGH - It remains possible, maybe even likely, that a couple of the eight first-round series in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs will be total duds. Pittsburgh-Columbus will not be one of them. One game is in the books, and it went in the favor of the home team. The Penguins dominated the third period and used a Brandon Sutter wrist shot to secure the winning margin in...
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For Columbus, the wait is over

April 23, 2009 was a night that many fans will remember. Nationwide Arena was sold out. The atmosphere was electric and the fans received a taste of what the Stanley Cup Playoffs are all about. Columbus was defeated in a dogfight of a game by their old Central Division nemesis, the Detroit Red Wings, 6-5. The hope was that they would replicate a trip to the postseason the following...
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What to watch for as Blue Jackets take on Penguins

In 2009, Columbus made their first trip to the playoffs. They expended most of their energy to get to that point, clinching that spot with just a few days to go in the regular season. They were swept in four games by a good Detroit Red Wings team, and by an aggregate score of 18-7. The fans were given merely a hint of the power and excitement of playoff hockey. They wanted more,...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets 3 Panthers 2: Locked in at seven

Ryan Johansen dropped to one knee early in the third period last night, launching a highlight-reel goal that shot the Blue Jackets past the Florida Panthers and into a first-round Stanley Cup playoffs matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins. A 3-2 win before 14,241 at the BB&T Center locked the Blue Jackets into seventh place and the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference...
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Blue Jackets at Panthers game preview

The Columbus Blue Jackets are entering their final game of the regular season with an outside shot at a third-place finish in the Metropolitan Division, which would earn them a first-round date with the New York Rangers. To get there, they'll need at least one point from Saturday night's visit with the Florida Panthers and plenty of help from Philadelphia's last two opponents...
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Blue Jackets race to finish line with NHL's busiest schedule

"Adrenaline is really kicking in right now. This is what they live for and what they play for -- these are exciting times for them." That was Columbus Blue Jackets strength and conditioning coach Kevin Collins, responding to a question about possible fatigue, as the Blue Jackets sprint to the end of the regular season playing what seems to be a game every day. It isn'...
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Blue Jackets' Umberger sidelined at least two weeks

Columbus Blue Jackets forward RJ Umberger is out "probably at least a couple of weeks" with an upper-body injury, according to coach Todd Richards. The news was first reported Monday by Columbus Dispatch writer Shawn Mitchell. If the timeline on the injury is accurate, Umberger won't return this season unless the Blue Jackets qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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Three takeaways from the Blue Jackets 4-0 shutout of the Islanders

One: Boone Jenner was in beast mode tonight. A goal, an assist and he made his presence felt all over the ice. "He's brought it all year", said head coach Todd Richards. "I think he'€™s getting better and that's what you want to see out of your young players." Don't be surprised if this kid is a captain some day. Two: After a dismal power play...
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Blue Jackets need to channel their emotions

Anger and Desperation In advance of tonight's tilt with the bottom-of-the-Metro New York Islanders, Columbus head coach Todd Richards is hoping that his guys take the sting of losing to the Chicago Blackhawks two days earlier and channel that into smart play. "There will be emotion", said Richards. "Hopefully, there's a little bit of anger and disappointment...
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Blue Jackets look to bounce back against Islanders

The Columbus Blue Jackets suffered what could end up being a devastating loss in their last game. Picking up two points against a team already eliminated from playoff contention would go a long way toward erasing that bitter memory. Columbus' resiliency will be put to the test Sunday when it faces the New York Islanders trying to avoid a seventh loss in eight home games. With...
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The Blue Jackets are takin' care of business

After what was perhaps the biggest game of the season for the Blue Jackets, they only had the plane ride back to Port Columbus to savor it. But, what a huge victory it was in the City of Brotherly Love. The Blue Jackets were 0-5-1 all-time in Philadelphia before last night's game, the only NHL city in which they had not won a game. That was crossed off the "to-do" list...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Palpable disappointment in Colorado

The disappointment was as palpable as a veil over the dressing room following the 3-2 loss in overtime. Although Columbus gained an all-important point as they jockey for a playoff position, this one stung. Colorado scored all three of their goals from deflections off Blue Jackets players. You can distill this loss down to one word… ouch. "We were the best shooters in the...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the Blue Jackets have the 'right stuff'?

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Beginning Friday night, the Blue Jackets embark on the final sixteen days of the regular season. Over the next two weeks, they will play 10 games, five on the road and five within the friendly confines. Ten in sixteen will determine if Columbus makes only their second playoff appearance. Currently, the Blue Jackets occupy seventh place in the Eastern Conference...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Jackets look to get win vs. Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins still have yet to clinch a playoff spot and are staring at the possibility of their longest losing streak in two seasons. Perhaps their woes will end against a brand-new division rival they have beaten all four times this season. The playoff-chasing Columbus Blue Jackets have lost five straight overall in this series heading into Friday night's home matchup...
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Power-play strikes fuel crucial victory

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With 15,103 raucous fans filling the friendly confines, the Blue Jackets dispatched the visiting Detroit Red Wings 4-2. With fans split roughly 50/50 between union blue and red, the Blue Jackets looked to re-establish their game and recapture their identity after a two-game skid. The game turned on a Cam Atkinson goal that went to review in Toronto. Coming into...
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Blue Jackets must reverse slide now to keep playoff hopes alive

What a difference a few days make. Less than a week ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets were coming off what looked to be a signature win, a thrilling 3-2 road victory over the Montreal Canadiens on a highlight-reel goal by Ryan Johansen. The two points propelled the Blue Jackets into third place in the Metropolitan Division. The following night, in a scintillating divisional matchup...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Time becoming enemy in fight for playoff spot

Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin'... Into the future Coming out of the Olympic break, Columbus had 24 games to play to reach the finish line. Winning two of every three of those games should have seen them make the postseason in comfortable fashion. In the 13 games played, they have gone 7-5-1. That puts them two wins off the pace they needed to maintain. What...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets riding the roller coaster of the playoff race

Running into a hot goalie on a team that is, for all intents and purposes out of the playoff race, put a crimp in the Blue Jackets bid to make only their second playoff appearance. With the other teams surrounding them in the ultra-tight Metro division winning, salt was added to the wound of a 3-1 loss to Carolina. With just fourteen games remaining in the regular season, the sprint...
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