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What We Learned: CBJ 3, NSH 4

Jackets can't get it done against Nashville in the final game before their bye-week

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

Post Game: Tortorella (2/19/17)

Torts' reaction to the 4-3 loss tonight to Nashville

John Tortorella discusses the Blue Jackets' loss to the Predators at home

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In tonight's game, the Blue Jackets did a lot of things right. They controlled the shot battle, matched the Predators physicality, and won the faceoff battles. But missed opportunities and mistakes that led to odd-man rushes and breakaways prevented the Jackets from taking home the victory, and they fell to the Nashville Predators 4-3.

"I don't think it's anything they did," Zach Werenski said. "They played a hard game, but we gave them a lot of free chances, a lot of breakaways, two on ones. They capitalized on them. Bob made some key saves when we needed him to. I think without Bob the score would have been different. I think we hurt ourselves tonight."

Nashville got on the board first off a Ryan Ellis goal and added a Kevin Fiala tally in the second period before the Jackets answered. Brandon Saad tipped in a Seth Jones shot to narrow the gap 2-1, but then a lost puck by Alexander Wennberg gave Calle Jarnkrok a clear path to Sergei Bobrovsky and he scored to make it 3-1.

The Jackets didn't give up. They crawled back into the game through an Oliver Bjorkstrand goal that came after he collected a Wennberg pass off the outside edge of his skate. Then Werenski tied it up 3-3 when he got the puck, again from Wennberg, and with time and space, placed his shot perfectly past Juuse Saros.

Ultimately, a Mattias Ekholm goal that came after a bad Jackets' line change was the decider.

"It's a tough way to lose when you beat yourself," head coach John Tortorella said.

Headed into the bye week, the Jackets are 37-16-5.

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#CBJ Social Roundup: Feb. 20

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

#CBJ enjoyed some time at Winter Park and celebrating Valentine's Day with their loved ones in this weeks roundup!

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Preview: Blue Jackets vs. Predators

Ryan Johansen returns to Nationwide Arena

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

GAME 58: BLUE JACKETS VS. PREDATORS

NATIONWIDE ARENA, 6 P.M.

TV: FOX SPORTS OHIO / FOX SPORTS GO

RADIO: 97.1 & BLUEJACKETS.COM

The Jackets (37-15-5) are coming off two consecutive wins and are producing solid performances as they head into Sunday's match up against the Nashville Predators.

Brandon Dubinsky's line has found their offensive game thanks to Dubinsky's ten points (4-6-10) in his last eight games, including Friday's overtime winner against Pittsburgh. Recently recalled Oliver Bjorkstrand is bringing energy to his line with Alexander Wennberg and Brandon Saad, and All-Star Seth Jones has three goals and nine assists in his last 12 games.

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Jones, of course, joined the Blue Jackets from Nashville last season in exchange for Ryan Johansen. Sunday will mark the first time Johansen (9-31-40) will play at Nationwide since changing teams. He leads the Predators in scoring.

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Labatt Blue What We Learned: CBJ 2, PIT 1

Dubinsky nets first career overtime winner in battle against Pittsburgh

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

Tonight's game between the Blue Jackets and the Pittsburgh Penguins had a little bit of everything. It was a fast-paced affair that saw two divisional opponents that don't like each other too much put all 200 feet of ice to good use. Ultimately, a Brandon Dubinsky goal sealed the deal, and the Jackets earned a 2-1 win in front of the second largest regular season crowd in Nationwide Arena history (19,188).

The Blue Jackets have yet to lose to the Penguins in regulation this season, and now sit at 37-15-5 on the season.

The first period was tenacious hockey with 26 shots between the two teams. Boone Jenner thought he had a goal early, but it was waved off after officials said the whistle had blown.

In the middle frame, Ryan Murray scored his second of the season to open the scoring before Ian Cole tied it just under five minutes later. Oliver Bjorkstrand thought he had the second Jackets' score late, but a delayed penalty call negated it. The two netminders wouldn't allow another goal in regulation.

In overtime, the Jackets were hemmed into their zone to start and couldn't get a change, but the trio of Dubinsky, Cam Atkinson and Seth Jones drove down the ice and set up a quick touch pass to Dubinsky who skated into the zone and lifted the puck over Penguins goalie Matt Murray to win the game.

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CBJ Celebrates Hockey Week Across America

The week (Feb.19-26) includes clinics and USA Hockey Night

by BlueJackets.com Staff BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OH - The Columbus Blue Jackets join USA Hockey in celebrating Hockey Week Across America with a host of activities including multiple clinics at Blue Jackets Winter Park, presented by Worthington Industries, and USA Hockey Night at Nationwide Arena on Saturday, February 25 when the Blue Jackets host the New York Islanders. In honor of its 10th anniversary, the usual Hockey Weekend Across America has been expanded to a week-long celebration of the sport. Outdoor events are subject to change pending weather and ice conditions. MORE INFO

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Evolution of the goalie mask

NHL goaltending equipment has come a long way

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

When the fastest shot at this year's NHL All-Star Skills Competition clocks in at a whopping 102.8 mph, it's almost impossible to imagine a goaltender turning away any form of protection.

And while a goalie's mask is just one piece of the equipment puzzle for the player in net, it's also a unique expression of the player's personality and often an admired work of art.

But that's certainly not how they started out.

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Preview: Blue Jackets vs. Penguins

Metro Division rivals clash at Nationwide Arena on Friday night

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / http://www.bluejackets.com

GAME 57: BLUE JACKETS VS. PENGUINS

NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 P.M.

TV: FOX SPORTS OHIO / FOX SPORTS GO

RADIO: 97.1 & BLUEJACKETS.COM

The Blue Jackets (36-15-5) welcome a divisional opponent in Pittsburgh to Nationwide Arena on Friday. It will be the third of four regular season games the two teams will play against each other this year.

These two teams are neck and neck in the race to the top of the Metro Division (the Washington Capitals currently hold the lead) and know each other well. While there has been a lot of discussion about the Jackets finding a way to be "more emotionally involved" in games, there's little doubt these two teams will struggle in that area Friday night.

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Labatt Blue What We Learned: CBJ 5, TOR 2

Jackets bounce back against Toronto

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

There were quite a few things the Blue Jackets, now 36-15-5, could say they addressed in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. The team had a good start at home. The power play scored a goal and the penalty kill unit held Toronto scoreless.

Additionally, solid goaltending from Joonas Korpisalo, who stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced, gave the team the backbone they needed in net.

"(Toronto is) a fast, skilled team," head coach John Tortorella said. "I thought we played a good game but Korpisalo was a big part of it early on. We got some really good goaltending first period. I thought we checked better as the game went on but Korpisalo certainly gave us a chance in that first ten minutes."

The Blue Jackets took the first lead of the game off a Josh Anderson score and never looked back. It was the 35th game this year they've earned the first goal. After that, the home team went up 4-0 off follow up scores from Boone Jenner, Oliver Bjorkstrand and, of note, that power play score by Nick Foligno. It was the first power play goal since Jan. 7.

Toronto attempted to creep back into the game off two Nazim Kadri goals, but it wasn't enough, and in the final 2:30, Matt Calvert added an empty netter to seal the deal for Columbus.

Here's what we learned.

Video: Oliver Bjorkstrand on his first NHL goal this season

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Preview: Blue Jackets vs. Maple Leafs

Jackets face Toronto for the first time this season on Wednesday

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / http://www.bluejackets.com

GAME 56: BLUE JACKETS VS. MAPLE LEAFS

NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 P.M.

TV: FOX SPORTS OHIO / FOX SPORTS GO

RADIO: 97.1 & BLUEJACKETS.COM

Columbus (35-15-5) enters game four of a seven-game home stand Wednesday as Toronto comes to Nationwide on the second half of a back-to-back.

The young Jackets face an equally young Leafs squad that includes rookie Auston Matthews (25-19-44), who is eighth in the league and first among all rookies in goals. He's also first among all rookies in points. Add in teammates Mitch Marner (15-32-47), William Nylander (14-22-36) and Nikita Zaitsev (2-23-25) and Toronto's lineup boasts four of the top ten scoring rookies in the league.

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Jackets add Oliver Bjorkstrand on emergency recall

Bjorkstrand leads Cleveland (AHL) in goals

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / http://www.bluejackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have added right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand to the roster on emergency recall from the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. 

Bjorkstrand, 21, has posted an assist and six penalty minutes in five games with the Blue Jackets this season. He leads Cleveland in goals and points (tied) with 14-12-26 and six penalty minutes in 37 games. The winger made his AHL All-Star Classic debut on January 30 at PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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