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Labatt Blue What We Learned: CBJ 5, NYR 2

Jackets continue momentum with big divisional win against the Rangers

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

The Blue Jackets (39-16-5) took a bite out of the big apple Sunday when they beat the Rangers 5-2 and leapfrogged New York (40-20-2) in the Metro Division standings to now sit at third overall. The team was led by two-goal performances by Cam Atkinson and Alexander Wennberg. It was the second time in two nights that the Jackets earned two points from a divisional opponent.

"I think the first thing is we didn't try to get too cute," Brandon Dubinsky said. "For the most part we were just north south. The puck was transitioning quick, it was getting out of our end zone, we were getting pucks deep, we were forechecking, and we were playing consistently for all three periods. It was exactly how we want to play these games."

The Jackets have scored the first goal against the Rangers in every game against them this season, and tonight was no exception when David Savard, coming off his first career three-point night Saturday, fired a shot from the point that Wennberg tipped in to make it 1-0.

Rick Nash tied it up, but on the Jackets' first power play of the night, Atkinson fired from the slot off a Sam Gagner feed to make it 2-1 and secure a Jackets lead that the team would not surrender the rest of the night.

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Preview: Blue Jackets at Rangers

Blue Jackets finish season series with New York on Sunday evening

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

GAME 60: BLUE JACKETS VS. RANGERS

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, 5 P.M.

TV: FOX SPORTS OHIO / FOX SPORTS GO

RADIO: 97.1 & BLUEJACKETS.COM

The Blue Jackets (38-16-5) head to Manhattan on Sunday for a 5 p.m. start against the New York Rangers (40-19-2). Both teams are on the tail end of a back-to-back weekend, facing Metro Division opponents two nights in a row.

Just one point separates the two teams in the standings, and while the Blue Jackets have two games in hand, it's the time of year when every point matters, particularly when it can come from a team ahead of you.

"We haven't been on the road in a little while," Nick Foligno said. "I think it will be nice to be together again and find a way to get some big wins that we need. Every day is another opportunity for us to move up in the standings or continue to play well and that has to be our focus."

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Labatt Blue What We Learned: CBJ 7, NYI 0

Blue Jackets dominate in first game back from bye week

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

All season long, the Blue Jackets have been defying expectations. Tonight was just one more opportunity to do that. The Jackets beat the New York Islanders 7-0 Saturday, making them just the sixth team to win its first game after a bye week and giving Joonas Korpisalo his first NHL shut out.

"History in the league hasn't been too kind to teams coming off the bye week," Nick Foligno said. "(Tortorella) had a good talk with us before and said 'just go out and play.' Play hard and within our structure and make some plays. I think he allowed us to get our focus back."

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The Jackets came out of the gate hot and didn't let up for 60 minutes. Jack Johnson got the team on the board first with a heavy shot from the point. Boone Jenner and Nick Foligno followed suit, with Jenner scooping up a score off a Cam Atkinson rebound, and Foligno converting a pass from Alexander Wennberg that was expertly passed between Thomas Hickey's legs.

The first period ended with a 3-0 Jackets lead and signaled the completion of Islanders' Thomas Greiss night in net. Jean-Francois Berube played the final 40 minutes.

The second period was the Josh Anderson show. The 22-year-old capitalized on a feed from Boone Jenner to make it 4-0, and 13 minutes later, gained control of the puck after a neutral zone faceoff before placing a shot in the top left corner behind Berube to make it 5-0.

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Preview: Blue Jackets vs. Islanders

USA Hockey Night at Nationwide Arena as Blue Jackets return from bye week

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

The bye week is over for the Blue Jackets (37-16-5) and the final push to the post season begins Saturday against another Metro Division team, the New York Islanders (29-21-10). Both teams are in the playoff conversation and looking for key points to help their positioning in the standings.

After five days off from hockey, the Jackets will be looking to buck the trend of teams coming off their bye weeks. Of the 20 teams who've had their mid-season break, just four have been able to win their first game back, and only four more have earned at least a point (4-12-4).

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There's little wiggle room for the Jackets to find their way back to their game. They face a final 24-game regular season stretch that includes 14 games on the road, 13 Divisional matchups, and six back-to-backs.

The Islanders come to Columbus two games into a nine-game road trip. They are 9-13-4 on the road this season. The Jackets are 21-9-1 on home ice.

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Matt Calvert week-to-week with oblique strain

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO - Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Matt Calvert will be sidelined week-to-week due to an oblique strain sustained on February 19 vs. Nashville, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. 

Calvert, 27, has posted nine goals and two assists for 11 points with 42 penalty minutes in 51 games with the Blue Jackets this season. The Brandon, Manitoba native has registered 62-59-121 with 234 penalty minutes in 333 career NHL games with the Jackets. Columbus' fifth round selection, 127th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft, Calvert posted career highs in games played, shots (114) and points (tied) in 2015-16, collecting 11-13-24 with 51 penalty minutes in 73 contests.

The Blue Jackets return to action on Saturday when they host the New York Islanders at Nationwide Arena. Game time is 5 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 4:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, 97.1 The Fan FM, and online at BlueJackets.com.  USA HOCKEY NIGHT

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Blue Jackets announce Learn To Play program

Participants will receive free head-to-toe equipment and age-appropriate instruction led by former Blue Jackets player Andrew Cassels

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced the launch of the club's Learn to Play program, which will provide first-time hockey participants, between 4-8 years of age, free head-to-toe equipment, age-appropriate instruction and certified coaching led by former Blue Jacket Andrew Cassels.

The local program, conducted in partnership with the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association, will consist of six on-ice sessions over the course of six consecutive weeks. Registration for spring sessions opens Monday, February 27.

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Blue Jackets announce roster moves

Club places Lukas Sedlak on IR, recalls Joonas Korpisalo and Markus Hannikainen, assigns Anton Forsberg

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed center Lukas Sedlak on Injured Reserve and added left wing Markus Hannikainen to the roster on emergency recall as well as recalled goaltender Joonas Korpisalo from the American Hockey League's Cleveland Monsters, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The Jackets have also assigned goaltender Anton Forsberg to the club's AHL affiliate.

Sedlak, 23, was placed on Injured Reserve retroactive to February 17 and is day-to-day after suffering an oblique strain vs. the Penguins. He has posted six goals and six assists for 12 points with 23 penalty minutes and a +8 plus/minus rating in 55 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He made his NHL debut on October 21 vs. Chicago, picked up his first NHL point (assist) on October 27 at San Jose and notched his first NHL goal on December 9 at Detroit. Last season, he posted 14-4-18 in 54 regular season games with the Monsters before adding 9-7-16 in 17 postseason games to help the club capture the Calder Cup. Columbus' sixth round pick, 158th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft, he has tallied 28-20-48 with 83 penalty minutes in 159 career AHL games.

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"Try Sled Hockey" Clinic Opens New Doors

Five-year-old with spina bifida finds joy in his first sled hockey clinic

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

It's Hockey Across America Week, and as part of the week's events, five-year-old Mason Kubin tried hockey for the first time. Not surprisingly, he loves it. He loves it so much he wants to play all the time. Mason doesn't want to go to school, he even wants to give up playing tee-ball to be on the ice. 

At least that's what Mason, who has spina bifida, told his parents after stepping out of his sled for the "Try Sled Hockey" clinic put on by the Blue Jackets and Ohio Sled Hockey on Tuesday.

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The Kubins weren't a big hockey family. But they knew about other children in the spina bifida community who played sled hockey, and when they got the invitation to Tuesday's event, they knew they had to be there.

"We were worried that when he got on the ice he might be a bit hesitant but oh, my gosh, he just went nuts," Mason's dad Jason Kubin told BlueJackets.com.

Mason and his family watched the sled hockey scrimmage that immediately preceded the clinic. The Ohio Blades and Ohio Warrior sled hockey teams played with a few Blue Jacket alumni, and Jason used the opportunity to show Mason the motion he'd have to make with his arms to push himself down the ice once in a sled of his own.

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Blue Jackets present USA Hockey Night

Festivities around Jackets-Islanders on Feb. 25 also celebrates Hockey Is For Everyone month

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

In celebration of hockey and all those who play the game, the Blue Jackets will present the following recognitions and activities when the Jackets host the New York Islanders on Saturday, February 25 at 5 p.m.  

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Brady Brady and the Great Rink

Mary Shaw discusses the inspiration of her children's book series

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

Mary Shaw just wanted her hockey-obsessed son, Brady, to read a book or two.

Her daughter already loved to read, after all. But when you're Canadian, and your father is Brad Shaw, former NHL player and now coach, it's easy to see how an obsession with the sport came to dominate young Brady's thoughts.

Brady had put on his first pair of skates around age two and was even "skating" around the kitchen floor in his pajamas when he couldn't be on the ice.

Mary's challenge was how to get her young son to even consider paying attention to a book and not just a stick and puck.

"I thought 'I going to write a hockey book so maybe Brady will start reading about stuff he loves," Mary told BlueJackets.com "So I wrote 'Brady Brady and the Great Rink' and it was going to be just a one-off."

But as surprising as it might be, there were no other children's books quite like Mary's first effort that told the story of young "Brady" building an outdoor rink. Interest in the book soared and soon Mary's publisher was asking her to write more.

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