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GAME BLOG: Blue Jackets vs. Sharks

by Rob Mixer / Columbus Blue Jackets

8:55 P.M. --  Mark Wyant talked to Wisniewski after the second period.  LISTEN here to get his take on how the second period went.

8:35 P.M. -- SECOND PERIOD ANALYSIS: If the Blue Jackets wanted a period better than the first, well, they did so in the second. It was an impressive display of energy from all four lines and they have come dangerously close to a bigger lead than 3-1 after 40 minutes. They're shooting the puck hard and from the prime areas, and Greiss has been under siege at times in this game. Derick Brassard ladeled a sweet pass over a Shark defender's stick right to James Wisniewski, who snapped one past Greiss at 13:05 for a 2-0 Columbus lead on the power play. One minute and 11 seconds later, they struck again -- and this time it was Cody Goloubef's first goal in the National Hockey League. Patrick Marleau scored on a lethal wrister 13 seconds later to make it 3-1, and that's where we stand with 20 minutes to play at Nationwide.

8:00 P.M. -- In between grabbing another drink or more snacks, LISTEN to Mark Wyant's intermission interview with Jared Boll. 

7:45 P.M. -- FIRST PERIOD ANALYSIS: A quick start was exactly what the Blue Jackets needed after their solid effort last night, and they got it. Brandon Dubinsky started things off with his first of the season and first goal as a Blue Jacket just 43 seconds into the game, jamming in a rebound to give Columbus a 1-0 lead. It was a weird play, too; Nick Foligno was in there causing havoc and the puck squired through Thomas Greiss and in front of the crease, where Dubinsky was waiting to swat it into the net. The Sharks came back with a push that was helped out by a pair of power plays, but the Blue Jackets' penalty kill held serve. All in all, this was a good start to the game for Columbus and a 20-minute effort it will need to replicate twice more in this game.

7:15 P.M. -- Blue Jackets Radio host Bob McElligott had the call on Dubinsky's first goal as a Blue Jacket to give the Jackets a 1-0 lead early in the first period.

LISTEN to the call.

6:45 P.M. -- Derek Dorsett talked with Blue Jackets Radio host Mark Wyant before tonight's game with the Sharks. 

LISTEN to what "Dorse" had to say.

1:30 P.M.
-- Richards and a few of the players spoke with the media following today's optional skate.  See what they have to say heading into tonight's game against the Sharks:

Todd Richards:

Colton Gillies:

James Wisniewski:

Nick Foligno:

10:45 A.M. -- Here are some moments captured from this morning's optional skate:

10:30 A.M. -- In all, 12 players (including both goaltenders) are on the ice for practice today. Assistant coach Dan Hinote and goaltending coach Ian Clark are overseeing the session.

10:25 A.M. -- All three injured Blue Jackets (Cam Atkinson, John Moore and Adrian Aucoin) are taking part in today's skate. Nothing is certain at this point, but it could be a sign that they're prepared to accompany the team on its upcoming road trip to California.

10:20 A.M. -- It appears as if Steve Mason will start in net tonight for the Blue Jackets after Sergei Bobrovsky went last night versus Edmonton.

10:15 A.M. -- We're back at Nationwide Arena for today's morning skate, which is an optional skate beginning in about 15 minutes. The players have started to filer on the ice for the skate, and there are some notable new faces that we'll tell you about shortly.

Stay tuned to this blog throughout the day for the absolute latest from practice, including player interviews, lineup news and more.

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