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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1260 on: March 13, 2018, 12:34:15 PM »
Five in a row for the CBJ!  The Jackets swept their four-game homestand with a 5-2 win over Montreal last night:  https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/3/12/17112358/columbus-blue-jackets-seth-jones-lights-the-lamp-twice-as-jackets-rout-montreal-5-2

Last night's win again vaulted Columbus over NJ for the WC1 spot.  Florida lost to Ottawa last night and is now 4 points behind Columbus (although FLA still holds 3 games-in-hand).  NJ holds 1 game-in-hand but starts a potentially difficult west coast road swing against Vegas, LA, ANA & SJ.  With only a dozen games remaining, it looks like the two wild-card spots are down to Columbus, New Jersey and Florida - as CAR, NYI, & NYR have fallen off the playoff pace:




The only bit of bad news from the Jackets fifth straight win last night was an injury to defenseman Seth Jones.  After scoring two goals earlier in the game, Jones didn't play in the third period.  After the game, Coach Tortorella said Jones was kept out as a "precautionary" measure after he aggravated a previous injury.

That previous injury likely occurred three games ago when Jones scored the game-winning goal in overtime Thursday against Colorado.  As the below-linked Dispatch article states, "Jones took a cheap shot in the side by Carl Soderberg as he went to celebrate that goal and has been wearing protection on that side since."  That GW-goal started a run of five goals in the past three games for Jones.  So hopefully this injury doesn't sideline him.

Also on the injury front, defenseman Markus Nutivaara returned after missing about a month with an undisclosed injury and replaced Ryan Murray, who was described as being "nicked up":

http://www.dispatch.com/sports/20180312/blue-jackets-notebook-aggravated-injury-keeps-seth-jones-out-of-3rd-period-as-precaution
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« Reply #1261 on: March 16, 2018, 01:35:03 PM »
Six in a row!  The CBJ are getting hot at the right time.  Last night's win at Philly ties the Jackets in points with the Flyers (who still hold 3rd in the Metro by tiebreak).  The Flyers are getting cold at the wrong time, 1-6-1 over the last 8 games.  The Jackets are in the WC1 spot, one point ahead of NJ who has 1 game-in-hand.  We're up 4 points on Florida, but FLA still holds 3 games-in-hand.

Jones played last night and looked fine.  Cam gets a hat trick (the last goal being an empty-netter that he needed two tries to get - but it still counts!):

https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/3/15/17127600/recap-the-gang-wins-again-columbus-blue-jackets-philadelphia-flyers
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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1262 on: March 18, 2018, 05:06:04 PM »
Lucky Seven last night on St. Pat's Day:  https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/3/17/17135122/blue-jackets-top-ottawa-senators-to-win-seventh-in-a-row

CBJ still tied with 3rd-in-the-metro PHI in points, but behind via tiebreak.  Holding the WC1 spot by one point over NJ.  But NJ holds one game-in-hand and plays tonight.  FLA lost last night, so their 3 games-in-hand over the Jackets are now equalized by being six points behind the CBJ:


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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1263 on: March 19, 2018, 03:45:55 PM »
- PHI won last night and goes up 2 points with one less game remaining on the CBJ.
- NJ lost last night and stays 1 point behind the CBJ with the same number of games remaining.

With 10 games remaining, the CBJ have a back-to-back road swing at Boston (tonight) and NYR (Tuesday).  Then back home for a big Thursday match with Florida and then Saturday against STL (who is fighting for a wild-card playoff spot in the West).
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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1264 on: March 20, 2018, 01:35:28 PM »
8!  The CBJ guts out an OT win in Boston:  https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/3/19/17136842/eight-is-great-jackets-streak-presses-on-after-overtime-win-in-boston

Jones sat out a second straight game recouping from his rib injury.  Korpi filled in for Bob last night and Boston's own Cam Atkinson got the OT game-winner for C-BUS in Beantown.

The OT win holds serve with Florida in the standings, who also won last night, and reties the CBJ with Philly, who sit third in the Metro via tiebreak.  On the MSG to face NYR tonight.
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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1265 on: March 21, 2018, 12:35:10 PM »
9!  Jackets win their 9th in a row and the Bread Man delivers a hat trick in MSG:  https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/3/20/17144978/recap-artemi-panarin-hat-trick-powers-columbus-to-their-ninth-straight-win

Florida won in regulation, Philly lost via shootout, and NJ lost in regulation last night.  The CBJ vault over Philly into the Metro 3rd spot and is 5 points ahead of NJ (1 game-in-hand) and 6 points ahead of Florida (3 games-in-hand).  Columbus is also now tied in points with Pittsburgh for the Metro 2nd spot.

Florida comes to town for a Thursday match that is a virtual must-win for them.
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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1266 on: March 23, 2018, 02:19:48 PM »
10!

https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/3/22/17154086/recap-three-second-period-goals-push-jackets-streak-to-10

The CBJ dispatched Florida with a 3-goal-in-5-minute flurry to start the second period.  Jones returned to the lineup and scored his 15th goal of the season to lead all CBJ defensemen and Bob gets his 5th shutout of the season.
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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1267 on: March 26, 2018, 05:52:50 PM »
The Streak 2018 ended at 10 with a 2-1 loss to the Blues.

http://www.sportsclubstats.com/NHL.html

The Jackets still are in good position of making the playoffs with 6 games left.  If history is any precedent, they need 6 points in the final 6 games to make it in.

Unfortunate news - https://www.1stohiobattery.com/columbus-blue-jackets-news/2018/03/2040/forward-nick-foligno-out-two-to-four-weeks-with-lower-body-injury

Forward Nick Foligno is out 2-4 weeks with a lower body injury, leaving the forward lines a bit scrambled for the rest of the season.  Winger Josh Anderson is traveling with the team on the 3-game road trip through western Canada, indicating he's close to be being back.

As for now, the Blue Jackets called up Alex Broadhurst from Cleveland and he was rotating in at center during practice.  The team could also lean on Markus Hannikainen to play and Brandon Dubinsky is likely to be a mainstay in the lineup through the end of the regular season.

Expect PLD to center Panarin and Atkinson again.  Jenner and Vanek will flank Wennberg.  The bottom six gets tricky but it appears Torts will start out with Dubinsky centering Milano and Bjorkstrand, leaving Letestu on a 4th line with Calvert and Hannikainen/Broadhurst.
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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1268 on: March 27, 2018, 11:20:35 AM »
That Foligno injury is a tough loss with him being on a hot streak lately and centering the top line.  Getting Anderson back during this three-game Western Canada road trip would help.  Dubinsky will need to step up his game if he going to center the Milano-Bjorkstrand third line.  If he doesn't, the call-up of Cleveland Monsters leading scorer Alex Broadhurst might be interesting.  Broadhurst centered a Milano-Bjorkstrand line during the Monsters 2016 Calder Cup run.

It's a good thing the CBJ had a 10-game winning streak and banked away alot of points.  While the Women's Final Four takes over Nationwide Arena, the Jackets will go on their annual Western Canadian road trip - Tuesday at Edmonton, Thursday at Calgary, Saturday at Vancouver.  With only 6 games remaining for the CBJ, probably getting 4 of the 6 possible points during this road trip might be necessary to hold ground in the playoff race.

Because this Metro/Wild Card race is tight-tight-tight going into tonight's games.  Columbus is at 89pts/6GR.  Philly is at 89pts/6GR and a tiebreak behind C-BUS.  NJ is at 86pts/7GR.  FLA is below the playoff line at 85pts/8GR.

But if NJ wins their game-in-hand they would have 88 points and if FLA wins their two games-in-hand they would have 89 points.  So that would be 89, 89, 89 & 88 points between these four teams fighting for three playoff spots!


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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1269 on: March 28, 2018, 11:01:16 AM »
WOW, what a game last night at EDM:  https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/3/27/17171144/recap-burning-the-midnight-oilers-columbus-blue-jackets-edmonton-oilers-thomas-vanek-hat-trick

After the first ten minutes, the CBJ were down 3-0!  But by the end of the first period, the game was tied up 3-3.  And those three goals were the first of SEVEN UNANSWERED GOALS en route to a 7-3 rout.

Trade deadline pickup Thomas Vanek got a hat trick.  To show how much the deadline pickups have changed this team, consider this.  In their first 70 games, the CBJ had zero hat tricks.  In the past 7 games, the CBJ have had 3 hat tricks!  Oddly they've all come on the road - so not many hats being thrown on the ice during these hat tricks.
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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1270 on: March 30, 2018, 11:34:31 AM »
Found this breakdown of the various possibilities for the CBJ's first-round playoff opponent depending on how the rest of the season goes (barring a complete collapse in which they miss the playoffs entirely, of course):

http://lastwordonhockey.com/2018/03/29/columbus-blue-jackets-first-round-matchups/

For the record, I'll just say that it would be nice *not* to play Pittsburgh, even if it might mean playing a nominally "better" club.

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« Reply #1271 on: March 30, 2018, 12:05:33 PM »
Jackets are 14-3 since the trade deadline and have won 12 of their last 13 games.

I agree, avoiding Pittsburgh would nice.
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« Reply #1272 on: March 31, 2018, 02:06:50 PM »
Another win, another hat trick Thursday night:  https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/3/30/17178974/another-hat-trick-another-win-columbus-blue-jackets-5-calgary-flames-1

-- This time rookie Pierre-Luc Dubois got the hattie.  He's now got 18 goals, a new CBJ rookie record.  PLD now holds the franchise record for goals and points for a rookie - the previously rookie leader was Rick Nash!

-- Defenseman Markus Nutivaara signed a four year contract extension prior to the game and got a goal.  Not bad for an overage 7th-round draft pick!

-- The CBJ were up 5-0 before a late game Calgary goal.  Combined with the Edmonton game, they scored 12 unanswered goals.

-- The Jackets go for the Western Canada trifecta today at Vancouver.  It's also a bit of Columbus-Vancouver derby too, since the Crew host the Vancouver MLS club today.
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« Reply #1273 on: April 01, 2018, 02:56:12 PM »
The CBJ got another road point with an OT loss at Vancouver yesterday:  https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/3/31/17184404/recap-blue-jackets-at-canucks

I have to admit that I turned off this game when the Jackets were down 4-1 with 5 minutes to go.  I'd just seen Vancouver defeat the Crew and wasn't in the mood to stick around to the bitter end to watch another Vancouver team defeat another C-BUS team.

If I'd stuck with it I would've seen the CBJ score a power-play with four minutes remaining to make it 4-2.  Then I would've seen the CBJ pull their goalie for an extra attacker and score two more goals within 16 seconds at just over a minute remaining to force OT.

Unfortunately the CBJ couldn't win it in overtime.  But the OT point earned the CBJ 5 of 6 possible points in their Western Canadian road trip.  And Florida lost yesterday, which puts the Jackets on the verge of a playoff berth.
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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1274 on: April 02, 2018, 11:22:16 AM »
CBJ win out (Detroit, Pittsburgh, @Nashville) the final 3 games and they will finish #2 in the Metro and have home ice advantage in Round 1 of the playoffs.

DET - terrible and wanting to get to the golf course.  Don't play Korpisalo and it should be a win.
PIT - tough.  Must win but the Pens are rounding into postseason form.
NSH - has clinched top seed in the West, nothing to play for so they will likely be resting a bunch of players.  Should (? hoping?) be a win.
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« Reply #1275 on: April 03, 2018, 12:38:00 PM »
Jackets host Detroit tonight with a chance to clinch the playoffs.  If the Jackets win tonight, and if Florida loses tonight, the CBJ will clinch a playoff spot.
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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1276 on: April 04, 2018, 10:49:24 AM »
https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/4/3/17195964/columbus-blue-jackets-beat-detroit-red-wings-again-but-no-clinchmas

The Jackets once again spotted an opponent a 4-1 lead and once again rallied to tie it in regulation.  This time, they finished the job with an OT winner by Pierre-Luc Dubois.

Columbus now sits tied with Pittsburgh for 2nd place in the Metro at 96 points with a YUGE matchup on Thursday.

Any points earned in the final two games or any loss by Florida in their last 3 games will clinch the playoffs for the Jackets.
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« Reply #1278 on: April 06, 2018, 12:38:41 PM »
The CBJ clinched their playoff berth in an overtime loss to the Penguins last night.  For the first time in franchise history, the Columbus Blue Jackets are in the playoffs in back-to-back seasons!

While a win over the Pens would've been the icing for the playoff cake in a sold-out Nationwide Arena last night - the main thing is get in the playoffs first.  Still, its frustrating to see how close the CBJ are to the 2-time defending Stanley Cup Champs - and yet they just cannot get over that final hurdle.  This season the Jackets lost all four matches against Pittsburgh.  But three of those four losses came in OT/SO, only one was in regulation.  SO CLOSE!

This "close but no cigar" relationship with PIT matters because as it stands currently, the CBJ's playoff matchup would be PIT.

Below are the Metro/Wild Card Standings going into the final regular season game on Saturday.  WAS has clinched the #1 Metro spot.  PIT can clinch the METRO 2 spot with one more point.  CBJ and NJ have clinched a playoff berth, but could finish anywhere from METRO 2 to WC1 or WC2.  PHI is only one point from clinching and could finish from METRO 3 to WC2.  FLA must win their final two games and hope PHI goes pointless in their final game on Saturday to make the playoffs.


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« Reply #1279 on: April 08, 2018, 05:17:56 PM »
On Saturday night Columbus knew they were playoff-bound, but they didn't know who their opponent would be.  Pittsburgh won Friday to lock up the METRO 2 spot.  Philly won earlier on Saturday to clinch their playoff berth (and eliminate Florida).  The Philly win also moved them one point ahead of the Jackets into the METRO 3 spot.

So, going into Saturday's regular season finale at Nashville, the CBJ could jump back into the METRO 3 spot with a win or point and a NJ loss.  The CBJ could also land in the WC1 spot with a loss and a NJ loss.  Or the CBJ could've landed in the WC2 spot with a loss and a NJ win or point.  Here's the opponents for each spot:
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METRO 3: Pittsburgh
WC1:  Washington
WC2:  TB/Boston
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Given those four possible opponents, the best-case for the Jackets would be the WC1 spot with the playoff-vexed Washington Capitals as an opponent - rather than Pittsburgh or TB/BOS.  That would require a CBJ loss at NASH and a NJ loss at WASH last night.

NJ/WASH started their game before the Jackets and the Caps jumped out to an early lead.  NJ fought back to tie it up in the third period before the Caps got two goals to win 5-3.  So NJ did their part.  Now the Jackets needed to lose.

The Jackets rested most of their key players.  Jones, Werenski, Murray and Nutivaara were out on defense.  Panarin, Atkinson, Wennberg, Foligno and Sedlak were out on offense.  And Korpi was in goal instead of Bob.  Nashville was playing a full starting lineup (presumably because it was their fan appreciation night, because they didn't have a thing to gain by winning).  So the "Blue Jackets" loosing last night looked probable.

Although the Jackets went down 3-0, they almost managed a comeback.  Anderson and Dubinsky scored to make it 3-2.  But then Nashville did their job and got an empty-netter to clinch it:  https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/4/7/17211454/columbus-blue-jackets-fall-to-nashville-predators

So last night's "loss" felt pretty good.  They lost in a non-embarrassing manner, got Anderson his first goal since returning from injury, and got Dubi his first goal in 24 games.  And they got the first-round opponent they wanted in the playoffs.  On to Washington!
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« Reply #1280 on: April 09, 2018, 02:00:14 PM »
Playoff schedule for the first-round games with Washington have been announced:

https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/4/9/17214994/columbus-blue-jackets-playoff-schedule-officially-announced

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« Reply #1281 on: April 12, 2018, 04:16:36 PM »
THE STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS ARE HERE!!!  GO JACKETS!!!  GO CBJ!!!

Here are some previews of tonight's CBJ vs. WASH first-round matchup from the Jackets Cannon:

https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/4/11/17218812/columbus-blue-jackets-vs-washington-capitals-the-cannon-staff-predicts-the-series

https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/4/12/17222032/nhl-networks-kevin-weekes-chats-with-the-cannon-about-the-columbus-washington-first-round-series

https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/4/12/17213872/game-preview-blue-jackets-at-capitals-game-1


There were some questioning if the Jackets should've gone 'all-out' for a win in the last regular-season game instead of resting most of their key players.  A win would have given the CBJ a first-round series with Pittsburgh.  A loss ended up giving the CBJ a series against Washington - the Metro Division season champs.

Well, PIT destroyed PHI 7-0 last night - so I think that answers that question!

No offense to the Washington Capitals, but we've seen this act from them before.  The Caps are typically great in the regular-season but under-perform in the playoffs.  Washington has made the playoffs 10 out the last 11 seasons - but has never advanced to the conference finals.  This despite finishing 1st in their division seven times and having the best record in the NHL three times!

Much of the blame is placed at Alexander Ovechkin.  The dynamic Russian winger is a terrific scorer in the regular-season - but can't replicate it in the playoffs.  This is mostly because of Ovi's reliance on the power-play for much of his scoring.  For instance, this season Ovi had 49 goals to led the NHL.  But 19 of those goals came on the power-play.  In playoff hockey less penalties are called and goals scored during 5x5 play typically determine the games.

The Caps are also in the midst of goalie controversy.  Their #1 goalie, 28-year-old Braden Holtby, has been the Caps primary goaltender for the past six seasons, winning the Vezina in 2016.  But Holtby struggled down the stretch, giving way to 26-year-old Philipp Grubauer in net.  Coach Trotz has decided to start Grubauer for Game 1.  Grubauer has only 2 NHL playoff appearances.  So this could be a brilliant coaching move or a disaster in the making.

As for our Blue Jackets, they're hitting the playoffs on a hot streak since making those moves at the Trading Deadline.  In their final 17 games, the CBJ went 13-2-2.  They are fully healthy - Foligno is returning after missing the final 6 games and Nutivaara is returning after missing the final 3 games.  The three deadline pickups - Vanek, Cole, Letestu - have filled out an already solid roster for the playoffs.  And some key players - Panarin, Dubois, Jones, Werenski - finished the season strongly.

The primary source of concern for the CBJ is probably our goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.  Bob has been great in the regular season - winning two Vezinas and being a primary reason why the Jackets reached the playoffs in 2014 and 2017.  But Bob has yet to reach his regular-season greatness in the playoffs.  These playoff struggles even go back to his earlier years at Philly in 2011 & 2012.  Bob will need to be better for the Jackets to advance over the Caps.

If the Jackets do advance over the Caps, it would be the first playoff series won by the franchise, and a major milestone for the CBJ.  In their other three playoff appearances, they faced the Detroit Red Wings in their prime in 2009 and the Pittsburgh Penguins in their prime in 2014 & 2017.  Let's see what the Jackets can do against a team that's had their own playoff struggles!
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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1282 on: April 13, 2018, 12:07:28 AM »
Wow great game tonight. So happy to get that win! Jarmo's major moves are really paying off better than anyone could have hoped - trading Saad for the Breadman last summer, and drafting PLD back in 2016

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« Reply #1283 on: April 13, 2018, 09:49:48 AM »
What a win!  And a bunch of BS to deal with from the refs, too.
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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1284 on: April 13, 2018, 12:52:36 PM »
https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/4/12/17232484/bread-rises-in-game-one-columbus-blue-jackets-4-washington-capitals-3-ot

If Game 1 is any indication, this is going to be a whale of a series!

It didn't start out well for the CBJ though.  The Jackets were on the penalty-kill for 9 minutes of the first 22 minutes of Game One.  The Jackets killed off a BS goalie interference call on Foligno (he was pushed into the goalie) and a legit hooking call on Cole.  But they couldn't kill off a five-minute major assessed to Anderson - on a questionable boarding call that also saw Anderson given a game misconduct.

Kuznetsov scored two power-play goals before the first period ended - the first one on what looked like goalie interference to TJ Oshie.  So after one period, the CBJ were down two goals, down a player, and still had around two minutes of the 5-minute major to kill off.  But they did, and then the comeback started.

The Jackets got their first goal only a few minutes after the PK on a beautiful pass from Jenner to Wennberg for a tap-in.  It was Wennberg's first career playoff goal. 

Then at just over a minute into the third period, Tom Wilson committed an arguably worse hit on Wennberg.  Wilson looked to intentionally target Wennberg's head while he was engaging Ovi.  The hit knocked Wennberg out of the game.  Instead of a 5-minute major and game misconduct, Wilson only got a 2-minute charging call.  --  But the Jackets made the Caps pay anyway.  Only 13 seconds into the PP, a pass from Dubois to Vanek in front of the goalie tied the game up 2-2.

Washington re-took the lead four minutes later and looked they might eke out a home win against the surging CBJ.  But then a tripping penalty with five minutes remaining led to a Jackets power-play.  Jones scored his first career playoff goal on this power-play to re-tie it 3-3.  And that was how regulation play ended.

Then 6 minutes into OT, the Breadman delivered!  Panarin made a great individual play to get past Caps defender Brooks Orpik and beat the Caps goalie with a sweet topside corner shot.  JACKETS WIN!  JACKETS WIN!
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« Reply #1285 on: April 13, 2018, 01:41:02 PM »
Among the many moments that don't get mentioned in the game recap was this moment from the 2nd period when team captain Foligno saved a goal by batting it out of the air in front of the net.  In the Jackets Cannon comments section was this funny photo blow-up of it:

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« Reply #1286 on: April 13, 2018, 01:41:28 PM »
Here are the highlights of Game One (although the two controversial hits by Anderson and Wilson are not included):

EDIT:  Apparently you must view it on YouTube :P  - just use the link

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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1287 on: April 15, 2018, 03:32:54 PM »
GAME 2 PREVIEW:  https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/4/15/17234650/game-preview-columbus-blue-jackets-at-washington-capitals-game-2

Both Anderson and Wilson were not given any additional league discipline for their hits.  The player Anderson hit and knocked out of Game 1 - defenseman Michael Kempny - will be back in the Caps lineup, as will their fourth-line center, Jay Beagle, who was out of Game 1.

However, Wilson's hit-job on Alexander Wennberg has knocked Wennberg from Game 2, and possibly longer.  With Wennberg out, the CBJ lineup will shift a bit.  Milano is expected to draw in on wing (and make his Stanley Cup playoff debut).  Foligno will replace Wennberg on the second line and Dubinsky will replace Foligno on third line.  At least to start the game.

Wennberg has been a key player in the Jackets stretch run, scoring 12 points in the last 18 games and centering a rejuvenated Jenner-Wennberg-Vanek line, so his absence will be noticeable.  But the pressure is squarely on the Caps tonight.  This is a virtual must-win game for Washington.  They don't want to be down two games going into Nationwide Arena on Tuesday and Thursday.
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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1288 on: April 16, 2018, 10:25:33 AM »
But the pressure is squarely on the Caps tonight.  This is a virtual must-win game for Washington.  They don't want to be down two games going into Nationwide Arena on Tuesday and Thursday.

They're down two games going into Nationwide Arena on Tuesday and Thursday.

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« Reply #1289 on: April 16, 2018, 12:39:05 PM »
But the pressure is squarely on the Caps tonight.  This is a virtual must-win game for Washington.  They don't want to be down two games going into Nationwide Arena on Tuesday and Thursday.

They're down two games going into Nationwide Arena on Tuesday and Thursday.

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