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Sergei Bobrovsky named a finalist for Vezina Trophy

Bobrovsky is a finalist for the second time after winning the award in 2013

by Staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- For the second time in his career, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, given annually to the National Hockey League's most outstanding goaltender as voted by league general managers, the club and NHL announced tonight. He won the award following the 2012-13 season.

Bobrovsky posted a 41-17-5 record, 2.06 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and seven shutouts in 63 games this season, leading the NHL in GAA and SV%, while ranking third in wins and shutouts (tied). Along the way, he won 14-straight games from November 29 to January 3, tying the second-longest winning streak in NHL history. He was named the NHL's First Star for the month of December (12-0-0, 1.75 GAA, .939 SV%) and Second Star in March (9-1-1, 1.09 GAA, .967 SV%) and posted three-straight shutouts on March 2 vs. Minnesota, Mar. 5 at New Jersey and March 7 vs. New Jersey to tie a club record. He also made his NHL All-Star Game debut at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in January.


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Exit Day Sound 4.22

The Blue Jackets talk to the media before the offseason

by Staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

Exit Day: Tortorella (4/22/17)

Torts talks to the media after the end of the season

John Tortorella talks to the media after the end of the 2016-17 season

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"Good is the enemy of great."

That was the theme of the Blue Jackets exit day as the team leaves for the summer with the feeling that the season ended too soon. John Tortorella and the several players on the team talk about how they feel today, what they'll do to prepare this summer and what to expect next season. The Blue Jackets' season ended on Thursday when they lost to Pittsburgh 5-2 to end their first round series 4-1.


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Blue Jackets' early dismissal lights fire for the future

Columbus looks at series loss as motivation for next season

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL /

The Blue Jackets' 2016-17 campaign ended Thursday night in Pittsburgh, but while the sting of a season-ending loss still lingers, there are reasons to be excited for what comes next.

"(From the series against Pittsburgh,) I learned that we're a good team," head coach John Tortorella said. "I thought our guys had no fear. Playing against the Stanley Cup champ, a very good team, they had no fear and we put a ton of good minutes there.

"I'm proud of our club. I like a lot of things about our club. We have to lick our wounds and learn from some of the things that went on in this series. But I can't wait to get going again with them, quite honestly."

If this year is any indication, if this Jackets team puts in the same amount of work into next year, exciting things lie ahead.

The Jackets blew up expectations around the league this season. They were the second youngest team in the NHL and rung up a 50-win, 108-point campaign that included a 16-game win streak.


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What We Learned: PIT 5, CBJ 2

Jackets lose fourth and final game in their series against Pittsburgh

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL /

The 2016-17 season ended for the Blue Jackets Thursday night in Pittsburgh as they fell to the Penguins 5-2. The Eastern Conference quarterfinals ended with a tally of 4-1 in favor of the defending Stanley Cup champs.

Playing without captain Nick Foligno who suffered a lower body injury, the Jackets got out to a fast start for the fifth straight game. But it was the Penguins who started the scoring when a Sam Gagner holding penalty gave the home team a power play chance. Phil Kessel wired a shot past Sergei Bobrovsky from atop the left circle to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead that they would take into the first intermission.

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Zach Werenski named finalist for Calder Memorial Trophy

Werenski joins Toronto's Auston Matthews and Winnipeg's Patrik Laine as finalists for top rookie award

by Staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski is among three finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy, given annually to the National Hockey League's most outstanding rookie as voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, the club and NHL announced tonight. Center Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs and right wing Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets are the other two finalists.

Werenski, 19, led all rookie NHL defensemen in scoring with 11 goals and 36 assists for 47 points with 14 penalty minutes and a +17 plus/minus rating in 78 games this season. His point total also stood seventh in overall rookie scoring, was 13th among all NHL defensemen, set a franchise record for points by a rookie and was the second-highest total by a blueliner in club history (51-James Wisniewski, 2013-14). Historically, he tallied the sixth-most points by a teenage rookie defenseman in NHL history.


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The Blue Jackets discuss what needs to happen for a win in Game Five

by Staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

Pre-Game: Tortorella (4/20/17)

Torts on tonight's Game 5 in Pittsburgh

John Tortorella talks about tonight's Game 5 in Pittsburgh

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Columbus knows that Pittsburgh is going to come out with its best effort yet in Game Five. Ahead of the game, the Blue Jackets talked about their strategy and the impact of the Game Four lineup changes that they will continue with tonight. One thing that remains constent is the plan to take things game by game. The Penguins discussed what they are looking for tonight in order to try and bounce back.

Video: Jones is prepared for a strong game from the Pens

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Game 5 Preview: Blue Jackets at Penguins

Jackets look to send the series back home Thursday night

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL /





With the Jackets' first win of the 2017 post-season on Tuesday, the series score has changed (3-1), but the Jackets objective remains the same. They need to win their next game to have the opportunity to keep playing.

Tuesday's victory definitely gave the team some things to hang their hat on as they travel back to Pittsburgh for Game Five. In Game Four, the Jackets built an early lead that they never relinquished, and they survived 60 minutes of momentum swings against the defending Stanley Cup Champions to come away with the 5-4 win.


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Labatt Blue What We Learned: CBJ 5, PIT 4

Jackets get first victory in playoff series against the Penguins

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL /

Jackets head coach John Tortorella wanted his team, a group of players that had put together a 50-win, 108 point season, to experience what it was like to win a playoff game and to play the post-game victory song in the locker room.

Tonight, the Jackets did just that.

Down 3-0 in the opening playoff series to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Blue Jackets battled through Game Four and won 5-4 to force Game Five.

The Jackets raced out to a three-goal lead starting with Jack Johnson's first score of the post-season when his shot bounced off Sidney Crosby's skate and past Marc-Andre Fleury for the 1-0 lead.

Josh Anderson added a second goal in the opening period when he powered into the zone and shot from the bottom of the right circle to beat Fleury five hole to make the first period score 2-0.

The Jackets wanted to have a strong second period, and it started well enough. Five minutes in, Markus Nutivaara capitalized on the second rebound given up by Fleury and scored his first career post-season goal in his first Stanley Cup playoff game for the 3-0 Jackets lead.

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Game 4 Preview: Blue Jackets vs. Penguins

Jackets will fight for post season lives in Game Four

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL /





There's no two ways about it. If the Blue Jackets want to keep playing in the post-season, Tuesday's Game Four at Nationwide Arena is a must-win game.

The Jackets are down 3-0 to the Penguins, but they want to start chipping away at this series one game at a time and then build win after win, a streak if you will.

"There's a lot of streaky teams in this league and you look at our team we were very streaky this year," Scott Hartnell said.

"Other than the last few games of the year we hadn't lost more than two in a row. It says a lot about this group and if there's any time to pull something out of our hat, it's right now. We have to lay it on the line Tuesday.

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#CBJ Social Roundup: April 17

by Staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

People across the state wish the Blue Jackets good luck, and Zach Werenski shares the first photo after he got hit in the face with a puck during Game Three. Warning: It's graphic. 

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