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Game Day #2: Blue Jackets vs. Rangers

by BlueJackets.com Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets



FiNAL: BLUE JACKETS 5 | NY RANGERS 2
SATURDAY, 7 P.M. | NATIONWIDE ARENA

GAME DAY PHOTO GALLERY

OPENING NIGHT FESTIVIES & RED CARPET INFO


POST GAME INTERVIEWS
Nick Foligno --> WATCH HERE
Marko Dano --> WATCH HERE
Scott Hartnell --> WATCH HERE
Todd Richards --> WATCH HERE

FULL GAME HIGHLIGHTS --> WATCH HERE

IN-GAME UPDATES
Marko Dano's first career NHL goal makes it 4-1 Jackets --> WATCH HERELISTEN HERE
Cam Atkinson's second of the night into an empty net ices it for Columbus --> WATCH HERELISTEN HERE

SECOND PERIOD RECAP:
This is just one of those hockey games that has it all. And it's incredible drama. The temperature has risen on both sides and this has quickly become a confrontational, entertaining game between two Metropolitan Division rivals that don't like each other too much. Lee Stempniak scored for the Rangers early in the second period to cut the Columbus lead in half, but the Johansen line answered to score a big goal to restore a two-goal lead midway through the second period. Johansen kept the play alive high in the zone, flicked a quick shot toward the net where Foligno tipped across to Atkinson, who chopped the Jackets' third goal into a semi-open net at 9:49. Bobrovsky made a ridiculous save on Martin St. Louis late in the period to keep it a one-goal game, lunging across to kick out the left pad on what seemed like a sure goal.


Cam Atkinson taps home a loose puck, it's 3-1 Jackets --> WATCH HERE | LISTEN HERE
Sergei Bobrovsky goes post-to-post to rob Martin St. Louis --> WATCH HERELISTEN HERE
Second period highlights --> WATCH HERE 


FIRST PERIOD RECAP:
What an introduction, what an atmosphere...and what a start for the Blue Jackets. They got on the front foot right away, getting pucks deep and using their forecheck to disrupt the Rangers' stretch passing attack. It was an eventful first period, too, with some pleasantries exchanged on both sides, a questionable hit by Lee Stempniak on Anisimov, oh...and two nice-looking goals for the home team. Anisimov, just off the bench, ripped a one-timer past Cam Talbot at 6:25, getting the sold-out crowd at Nationwide Arena roaring early on. The Jackets' penalty kill was stout, too, thwarting two opportunities for the Rangers before Foligno made it 2-0 on a highlight reel goal that you can find on Twitter (@BlueJacketsNHL).

Artem Anisimov's rocket makes it 1-0 Jackets --> WATCH HERE | LISTEN HERE
Nick Foligno drives the net and makes it 2-0 --> WATCH HERE | LISTEN HERE
First period highlights --> WATCH HERE

PREGAME INTERVIEWS
Nick Foligno, Michael Chaput, and head coach Todd Richards spoke after the morning skate.


Nick Foligno --> WATCH HERE
Michael Chaput --> WATCH HERE
Todd Richards --> WATCH HERE

MORNING SKATE UPDATES
Here are the lines and pairs from the morning...

Foligno-Johansen-Atkinson

Calvert-Letestu-Dano

Hartnell-Anisimov-Wennberg

Skille-Chaput-Boll

Johnson-Savard

Erixon-Wisniewski

Tyutin-Prout

Bobrovsky in goal.

SCOUTING REPORT
The Blue Jackets look to carry the momentum from their opening night 3-1 win in Buffalo into their own home opener on Saturday night, when they host their Metropolitan Division rivals the New York Rangers. The Rangers are coming off their own opening night win, a 3-2 road decision over the St. Louis Blues.

The Blue Jackets started the season with obvious injury woes and some concerns over their puck possession game in the preseason despite a 7-1-0 record, but those concerns were non-factors in Buffalo, as the Blue Jackets outshot the Sabres 40-22 and were responsible for 78 of the 117 total shot attempts in the game. The Blue Jackets dominated puck possession throughout the game, with a 5-on-5 Corsi For (CF%) of about 62 percent, which is pretty darn good.

The big names that needed to step up for Columbus did so, as Cam Atkinson and Artem Anisimov found the back of the net for Columbus in the third period. As was the case on many nights a year ago, it was a strong performance by the fourth line, most noticeably the game's first goal off a wrister from newly-returned Jack Skille, that got the Blue Jackets off the ground and set the tone for a balanced attack.

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The Rangers’ victory over the Blues came at the expense of second-pair defenseman and power play quarterback Dan Boyle, who suffered a broken hand and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. That will test the Rangers’ defensive depth, as Matt Hunwick and Michael Kostka (recalled on Friday) are candidates to step into the lineup in the short term.

It’s the second significant injury the Rangers have suffered in the early going, as Derek Stepan’s broken fibula will keep the first-line center out of the lineup for at least 10 games. Despite Stepan’s absence, the Rangers have put together a top line that will still challenge the Blue Jackets defensively.

Former Blue Jacket Rick Nash scored twice for the Rangers in St. Louis, once to open the game and then the game-winner in the final three minutes. Martin St. Louis centered that line and his passing ability, coupled with the size and speed of Nash and Chris Kreider, is a challenging match-up for most defensive pairings.

“I think most coaches focus on their [own] strengths and what their team does, and we’re going to do that,” said Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards. “And if we can do that then hopefully we can get them to adjust. But I do know that they have some speed up front. We’re going to have to acknowledge that and just be ready for it.”

Cam Talbot will get the start in goal for the Rangers, who are playing the second of three games in four nights to begin their season. Sergei Bobrovsky starts for the Blue Jackets.

PROJECTED LINEUP
(These were lines employed during Friday’s practice)
...

Hartnell-Anisimov-
Wennberg
Foligno-Johansen-Atkinson

Calvert-Letestu- Dano 

Skille-Chaput-Boll

Johnson-Savard

Erixon-Wisniewski

Tyutin-Prout



Bobrovsky


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