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Game Day Hub: Blue Jackets vs. Bruins

by Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets




Kevin Connauton post game

Ryan Johansen post game

Todd Richards post game

Third Period Highlights

Jack Johnson's goal

ANALYSIS: You knew the Bruins would come back with a better second period and they did just that, but the good news is that the Blue Jackets maintained their two-goal lead after two periods of play. Boston out-shot the Jackets 12-7 in the second period and brought a faster tempo than they did in the first, but the Jackets’ structure was sound and they were unable to get pucks up the ice quickly. A late-period power play opportunity for Columbus did not produce a goal, but the Blue Jackets’ fourth-ranked power play unit showed what it can do - with a little help from newcomer Kevin Connauton on the back end. They threatened but did not score, and they’ll need another solid third period to finish it off. Shots are 21-18 favoring the Bruins.

Second Period Highlights

ANALYSIS: A very strong first period for the Blue Jackets, and as Nick Foligno said during the intermission, “there’s no reason why we can’t play this way” night in and night out. They came out with a hard forecheck, put a ton of pressure on the Boston defense and as a result, there were plenty of turnovers to take advantage of. The Blue Jackets had a strong presence around Niklas Svedberg, who struggled to see pucks thanks to the likes of Scott Hartnell and Boone Jenner setting up shop in front of the cage. Ryan Johansen opened the scoring at 9:52 of the first, blocking a shot at the blue line and breaking in alone on Svedberg, snapping his seventh of the season through the five-hole for a 1-0 lead. Then it was Foligno, off to the best start of his career, netting his 10th of the season after Jordan Leopold’s point shot hit him and bounced in at 11:30. Shots are 11-9 favoring the Jackets after 20 minutes.

Ryan Johansen's goal

Nick Foligno's goal

First Period Highlights

 Boone Jenner

Jordan Leopold

 Adam Cracknell

  Todd Richards

Niklas Svedberg will get the start in goal for the Bruins.

- UPDATE (11:05 PM): Kevin Connauton will make his Blue Jackets debut tonight against the Bruins, dressing in place of Tim Erixon.

Here are the lines from this morning's skate...









Hello again, friends! Welcome back to the Game Day Hub, your source for up-to-the-minute news and notes from the Blue Jackets' morning skate. One note: today's skate will be streamed LIVE on beginning at 10 a.m., and host Bob McElligott would like your questions. Send them using #CBJin30 and be part of the show.

Here are some quick updates before the skate gets started:

- The Blue Jackets play the first of back-to-back games tonight. They'll face the Bruins tonight at Nationwide Arena and fly out immediately after the game for Philadelphia, their second meeting with the Flyers in a week.

- There's a good chance that Matt Calvert and Jack Skille return to the Blue Jackets lineup tonight against Boston. Both players skated on a line with rookie center Alexander Wennberg in practice this week.

- Todd Richards said Thursday that Kevin Connauton, claimed off waivers from Dallas earlier this week, is a possibility to play tonight. He was the odd man out in regular pairings at practice, but that's not a guarantee either way.

- The Bruins are fighting injuries not unlike the Blue Jackets. They're expected to be without Brad Marchand tonight in addition to captain Zdeno Chara, who's still recovering from a knee injury. Boston just lost defenseman Adam McQuaid for 6-8 weeks with a broken thumb, as well.

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