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Labatt Blue What We Learned: CBJ 3, BUF 2

Rookie Pierre-Luc Dubois, Artemi Panarin and Boone Jenner scored goals for the Blue Jackets

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

BUFFALO, N.Y. - It wasn't the prettiest ending in the world, but it'll suffice.

Despite nearly coughing up a 3-0 lead in the third period, the Blue Jackets hung on Monday at KeyBank Center for their fourth win in a row, downing the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, in a game that had a close-call finish.

Rookie Pierre-Luc Dubois, Artemi Panarin and Boone Jenner scored goals for the Blue Jackets (13-7-1), while defenseman Markus Nutivaara had two assists. Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves for his fourth straight win, but had two get past him in the final nine-plus minutes of the third period to create a tense conclusion.

"It's two points," Jenner said. "We found a way to win, I think. It's not ideal giving up two when you that lead in the third, with that much time left. You've got to kind of sharpen your game up at that time of the game, but we can learn from it. We regrouped and found a way to win. That's the main thing."

 

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#CBJWildlights descends on the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

A night of hockey, #CBJ and the Wildlights

by Jimmy Longo BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

Sunday Nov. 19 saw the 5th Line emerge towards the Columus Zoo and Aquarium's annual Wildights at the Zoo for #CBJWildlights night.

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Elk and Elk Honoree, CBJ elevator operator Bill Reed reflects on service

Reed has been with the organization 17 years

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Elk & Elk Honoree Bill Reed

We thank Bill for his service to our country

On October 19, the Blue Jackets and Elk and Elk honored Bill Reed for his service to our country. Thank you, Bill!

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The former U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, Essex, was headed home from a "People to People" cruise in January 1962, after making ports of call in the Netherlands (Rotterdam), Germany (Hamburg) and Scotland (Greenock).

Aboard was Bill Reed, a 19-year old radar technician from St. Marys, Ohio.

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#CBJ Social Roundup: November 20

Cam's new deal, Savy is now beardless, Bob and Panarin workout together and more

by Jimmy Longo BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

It was a big week on the ice and off of it for the Blue Jackets. The squad went 2-0 with an overtime win in Montreal before a 2-0 win Friday night at home against the Rangers. Off the ice there was even more excitment around the team.

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Prospect Profile: Fortier's fortitude is what Blue Jackets value most

Character shown by undrafted free agent tipped the scales for contract offer.

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

There are plenty of things to like about Maxime Fortier, the hockey player.

The Halifax Mooseheads right wing, who was signed to an entry-level contract by the Blue Jackets on Nov. 5, has loads of speed. He also owns a good wrist shot, plays on both special-teams and isn't afraid to skate into the most punishing areas of the ice.

One asset stands out above all, however, and it was a big reason Columbus extended the contract.

"Everybody celebrated at the time they signed," said Bill Zito, Blue Jackets assistant general manager and general manager of the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League. "Time will tell, but the one nice thing about [Fortier] is that we did a pretty thorough check on his character, and it came out real strong."

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Practice Notes: Tortorella demanding more out of struggling veterans

Blue Jackets' coach says Savard, Foligno and others need to pick it up soon.

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

John Tortorella's patience is beginning to wear thin.

The Blue Jackets (12-7-1) have reached the quarter pole in good shape, as far as the Metropolitan Division goes, but there are nagging issues the coach is growing weary of seeing.

Several top players are in prolonged slumps, the power play still isn't clicking with consistency and half of their wins were decided in overtime or shootouts (6-0-1). The first clue Tortorella was approaching a boiling point happened last week, when he scratched veteran defenseman David Savard in the Blue Jackets' 2-0 win Friday against the New York Rangers.

"That's the way you get on the right road," Tortorella said Sunday, after practice at Nationwide Arena. "We're trying to get on the right road. We're trying to nail down our identity. It's taken us long enough here."

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Preview: Jackets seeking top gear and fourth straight win

Despite three-game win streak, Columbus still looking for its stars to shine brighter.

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

GAME 21: BLUE JACKETS (12-7-1) AT SABRES (5-11-4)

KEYBANK CENTER, 7 P.M., MONDAY

TV: FOX SPORTS OHIO/FOX SPORTS GO

RADIO: 97.1 FM & BLUEJACKETS.COM

The Blue Jackets will try to push their winning streak to four in a row, after defeating the New York Rangers, 2-0, Friday at Nationwide Arena.

Columbus wasn't thrilled with the first two games of its three-game win streak, but had a solid effort to beat the Rangers for the second time in three games this season.

"I thought we played in the areas we needed to play in," coach John Tortorella said Sunday, after practice at Nationwide Arena. "We were better. It was a game that I thought we deserved to win. I'm pretty honest about winning and losing. We won some games prior to that, that, really, we went in the back door. We're still getting chances from, really, our secondary guys. We still haven't gotten our top guys untracked, but I thought we played good."

Next up is the Buffalo Sabres, who've lost five straight (0-3-2) and have scored one-or-fewer goals in five of their past seven games (1-4-2). Buffalo is coming off a 3-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday at KeyBank Center, when Carolina's Sebastian Aho scored the game-winner directly off a turnover in the third period.

The Blue Jackets have scored two-or-fewer goals in their past five games (3-2-0), including just one regulation goal in four of them.

Columbus is still searching for a breakout game for several star players, including captain Nick Foligno, who doesn't have a point since the first game against Buffalo this season, Oct. 25 in Columbus.

"We're trying to get on the right road," Tortorella said. "We're trying to nail down our identity. It's taken us long enough here. No one is going to hide from that, and Nick has to play better. For us to be better, he has to play better in all situations."

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Columbus Blue Jackets announce roster moves

Blue Jackets recall Korpisalo, Carlsson and Milano

by BlueJackets.com Staff BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue have recalled defenseman Gabriel Carlsson, left wing Sonny Milano and goaltender Joonas Korpisalo from the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate and assigned goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks to Cleveland, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Korpisalo made 32 saves, while Carlsson and Milano were each +1 in Cleveland's 3-1 win over the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday.

Carlsson, 20, has recorded an assist in eight games with the Blue Jackets this season and has posted 0-2-2 in 10 career games since making his NHL debut at the end of last season. The Orebro, Sweden native has also collected 0-1-1 in four career AHL games. He was Columbus' second first round pick, 29th overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft.

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Blue Jackets make a series of roster moves

Milano, Korpisalo, Carlsson to Cleveland; Kivlenieks recalled

by BlueJackets.com Staff BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue have assigned defenseman Gabriel Carlsson, left wing Sonny Milano and goaltender Joonas Korpisalo to the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate and recalled goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Carlsson, 20, has recorded an assist in eight games with the Blue Jackets this season and has posted 0-2-2 in 10 career games since making his NHL debut at the end of last season. The Orebro, Sweden native also made his AHL debut in 2016-17, recording 0-1-1 in three games with the Monsters. Columbus' second first round pick, 29th overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft, he collected 3-12-15 and was +15 in 92 career Swedish Hockey League games with Linkoping from 2014-17, including 2-2-4, six penalty minutes and a +8 plus/minus rating in 40 games in 2016-17.

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Labatt Blue What We Learned: CBJ 2, NYR 0

Snipes from Werenski and Panarin lead the way in Jackets shutout win

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Inside the Blue Jackets' locker room Tuesday at Nationwide Arena, there was a message written on the board.

It was a simple inquiry, three words long, and has yet to be answered in full by the Blue Jackets: "Who are we?"

It was put there by coach John Tortorella, who's still trying to figure this team out after an impressive 2-0 victory against the New York Rangers.

"That's the biggest thing I have my eyes set on here," Tortorella said. "We're a quarter of the way through the season. We've got to get straightened out who we are. We could talk about it, we could show tape about it, but we've got to play like who we are … and I think we took a step in the right direction tonight."

It wasn't perfect, but this was much better than the Jackets' previous two games - which were also victories. This one, however, ended in regulation. The other two ended in a nine-round shootout in Detroit - snapping a four-game losing streak - and a 2-1 overtime win Tuesday in Montreal.

Columbus didn't dominate either one, but gladly accepted wins presented to them by the genie who plays goalie for them, Sergei Bobrovsky. His bag of magic tricks never seems to run out, as he keeps contorting his body and making sure-thing goals disappear.

This time, however, Bobrovsky wasn't the main storyline - despite 36 saves and his second shutout of the season. The major takeaway was the Jackets as a whole, after they dominated much of this game.

They outshot the Rangers 42-36, including 33-21 in the first two periods. They kept consistent pressure on New York's Henrik Lundqvist, who needed 40 saves to keep it close. They got big goals from Zach Werenski in the second period and Artemi Panarin in the third, and they worked the puck below the hash marks in the offensive zone exactly the way Tortorella wants them to do it.

It was only one game, but the bulk of it answered that question on the board.

"We weren't in love with our last two games," center Brandon Dubinsky said. "Tonight, I thought we got back to who we need to be a little bit more. Now, it's just about trying to be consistent with it, day in and day out, [in] practices and games."

Video: Panarin is awarded the Kepi for his power play goal

Here's how it all went down:

First Twenty

Goals: CBJ - None; NYR - None
Shots: Blue Jackets 14, Rangers 12

Shot-Attempts percentage (Corsi 5v5): Rangers 53.6% (15-13), Blue Jackets 46.4% (13-15)

Scoring chances 5v5: Blue Jackets 9, Rangers 5

High-Danger chances 5v5: Blue Jackets 6, Rangers 4

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