Posts tagged Columbus Blue Jackets

How Sergei Bobrovsky won the 2016-17 Vezina Trophy

LAS VEGAS – Columbus Blue Jackets netminder Sergei Bobrovsky won the 2017 Vezina Trophy Wednesday night, becoming the first two-time winner of the award since Tim Thomas did it with the Boston Bruins.

The award is voted on by the league’s 30 general managers.

During the regular season, Bobrovsky posted NHL leading numbers: 2.06 goal-against average and a .931 save-percentage. He was third in the NHL in shutouts (7) and third in wins at 41, which is a career high for the Blue Jackets’ goaltender.

In addition to his Vezina win, Bobrovsky nabbed a Hart Trophy nomination this season where he finished third behind Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid, who won the award.

It’s no secret that Bobrovsky has struggled with confidence and health throughout his career. This season was a bounce-back he desperately needed. With his resurgence, Bobrovsky helped lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to their best season in franchise history, which included a 16-game win streak.

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Guentzel’s hat trick puts Blue Jackets on brink of elimination (Video)

In the playoffs, Jake Guentzel has more goals (4) than the Chicago Blackhawks (0)

The 21-year-old rookie earned a hat trick in a wild 5-4 overtime victory by the Pittsburgh Penguins. The win gives the Penguins a 3-0 series lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Cam Atkinson scored eleven seconds into the first period, blasting the roof off of Nationwide Arena. Guentzel answered three minutes later burying his of the contest from a weird angle and while on one foot.

Two minutes later, Cam Atkinson scored again. One minute after that, Zach Werenski’s power play goal gave the Blue Jackets a 3-1 lead.

Bryan Rust’s two goal second period drew the Penguins even.

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Matt Calvert suspended one game for cross-checking (Video)

The Columbus Blue Jackets will return home for Game 3 of their series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the hole two games and now without the services of Matt Calvert.

The Department of Player Safety has suspended Calvert for one game (Game 3 in the series) after he cross-checked Tom Kuhnhackl at the end of Game 2.

There are some key points of emphasis Player Safety makes in the explanation video.

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Penguins vs. Blue Jackets: Puck Daddy’s 2017 Stanley Cup Playoff Preview

The 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs have arrived, so have Puck Daddy’s preview of all playoff series. Enjoy!

The Pittsburgh Penguins (50-21-11, 111 points) entered the 2016-17 season as the defending Stanley Cup Champion, minus their top goaltender and superstar forward. Matt Murray broke his hand in the World Cup of Hockey. Sidney Crosby experienced another concussion everyone swears didn’t happen during the World Cup.

The team was pretty much fine without them. Crosby returned after missing six games. He finished the season collecting his second ‘Rocket’ Richard Trophy with 44 goals. Crosby averaged better than a point a game with 89 points in 75 games.

As for Murray, he made his first start in the tenth game of the season. He quieted those who doubted the consistency of his Stanley Cup performance by amassing a 32-10-4 record. As expected, Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury (18-10-7) split time in net with Murray getting 47 starts to Fleury’s 34.

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Welcome back angry, swearing Tortorella after questionable OT call (Video)

Stop us if you’ve heard this before – John Tortorella is mad.

His Columbus Blue Jackets lost to the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in overtime. The game winning goal by Alex Galchenyuk came on the power play.

As the Jackets left the ice, the new, zen-like Torts evaporated into the seething rage monster we’ve become accustomed to over the years.

He started to walk off the ice to get to the locker room, as you have to do in Montreal, and veered off when seeing the officials. Torts immediately laid into him with colorful adjectives regarding the penalty.

NSFW lip reading below:

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Brandon Dubinsky dances and dangles for OT winner (Video)

Brandon Dubinsky’s hatred of Sidney Crosby fuels his play versus the Pittsburgh Penguins. It usually results in Dubinsky getting penalized (and/or later suspended) for something he did to Sid.

It was clear that John Tortorella wanted Dubinsky out there versus Crosby and playing at home he could make the matchup work. Mike Sullivan countered by having Sid skip a shift or two or play an extra long shift so he’d only face Dubinsky for a few seconds.

This leads to Dubinsky building up a fire that could only result in a spectacular game winning goal in overtime after Sid ends his shift.

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Blue Jackets victorious in Unsustainabowl, extend streak to 15 games

Just as everyone predicted at the beginning of the season, the most anticipated game to close out the calendar year is … the Minnesota Wild versus the Columbus Blue Jackets?

(Sorry Pittsburgh and Montreal.)

The hockey world was gifted with The Unsustainabowl. A confluence of two teams riding franchise high win streaks; Minnesota with 12 wins in a row and Columbus with 14.

Two teams would enter and only one team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, would leave as victors; extending their franchise high win streak to 15 games. The streak

The game started as a battle of the goaltenders. Sergei Bobrovsky earned the first quality save of the game as he robs Zach Parise.

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How are you coping with the Blue Jackets’ stunning success? (Roundtable)

The Columbus Blue Jackets are, without a doubt, the biggest surprise in the National Hockey League this season.

A team pegged by many pundits for last place in the Metro Division is on pace for 124 points – a 48-point turnaround from last season, which would be the largest for a team since the Jackets joined the league in 2000.

A coach many thought was an ill fit for what was allegedly a rebuild instead has them thriving in his system. Their offensive has gone from 2.60 goals per game last season to 3.34 this season. Their power play remains at a 27.7-percent conversion rate, and they have the fewest power-play attempts (83) in the league.

Their defense has gone from 3.02 last season to 2.07 this season, and that’s not all Sergei Bobrovsky.

So the Blue Jackets are rolling at an historic clip, and look destined for a playoff spot. The pundits were wrong, and Blue Jackets fans don’t hesitate to remind them of that fact. Which leads us to our Puck Daddy Roundtable discussion:

How are you coping with the undeniable success of the Columbus Blue jackets? Happy? Skeptical? Sad you were wrong?

And here … we … go.

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NHL Halloween 2016: Grown men dress in costumes (Gallery)

One of the few delights throughout the long NHL season is the Halloween parties teams have and seeing our favorite NHLers get creative with their costumes.

We dug around the interwebs to find as many players in costume this year at their team’s Halloween celebrations and they did not disappoint.

Without further ado, enjoy the gallery of ghouls and goblins from what is NHL Halloween 2016.

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