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Game Day HUB: Blue Jackets vs. Lightning

by Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets




GOAL AUDIO: Foligno makes it 6-4

GOAL AUDIO: Johansen makes it 6-3

GOAL AUDIO: Hartnell's 1st | Hartnell's 2nd

The second period was a better one for the Blue Jackets, but they couldn't afford to keep making mistakes and letting Tampa Bay respond each time they climbed one goal closer. Just 1:27 after Scott Hartnell scored his first of two goals in the period, Ryan Callahan chopped in a rebound to put the Lightning ahead 5-1. Less than three minutes later, Hartnell scored again (a power play goal) to make it 5-2 at 8:10, but Tyler Johnson scored a power play goal for Tampa at 10:05 to restore a four-goal advantage. That's where we stand after 40 minutes; it's been a wild one and there hasn't been much for the fans to cheer about, but the Blue Jackets have 20 minutes left to chip away at this deficit. Shots are 33-15 favoring Tampa Bay.

Let’s put it this way…the Blue Jackets had as many shots on goal (4) as the Lightning scored goals in the first period. It was not good, not good at all for the Jackets who needed a good start and needed to make something happen early on the second half of back-to-back nights. Tampa was all over them early, moving the puck up ice with speed and attacking in waves. They scored three goals at even strength and one on the power play, piling up 15 shots on goal in the first 20 minutes and putting Anton Forsberg under siege. Needless to say, the Jackets have dug themselves a massive hole at the outset tonight and it’ll require an even more massive effort to get out of it. There’s plenty of hockey to play here, but the Jackets have to create some positive energy early in the second period.

Nick Foligno

Jack Skille

Tonight is Military Appreciation Night at Nationwide Arena.
We'd like to thank and honor all those who are serving and have served our great nation so bravely, and welcome those attending tonight's game against Tampa Bay.

If you're coming to the arena tonight, there will be a special backdrop provided by the USO on the main concourse for fans to take photos and recognize friends and family members in each branch of the military. Should you stop by the backdrop and take a photo, please share it on social media using #CBJUSA.

Full details on tonight's Military Appreciation Night events can be found HERE.


*Good to see Brandon Dubinsky on the ice, as well. He's on the road to recovery after abdominal surgery in early October, and though there's no definitive timetable for his return, the fact that he's skating (albeit an optional today) is welcomed news.

*The Blue Jackets recalled Dana Tyrell (he of seven points in seven games with AHL Springfield) this morning and assigned Marko Dano. They'd like to get Dano playing regular minutes and get him playing a lot. He's averaged just under 12 minutes a game with Columbus but was a healthy scratch last night.

*By all accounts, it's going to be an optional morning skate for the Blue Jackets today at Nationwide Arena. But a good sign came early, when Sergei Bobrovsky (broken finger) and Mark Letestu (groin) took part in a light workout with goaltending coach Ian Clark.

Bobrovsky hasn't played since Oct. 26 in Los Angeles. He was injured in practice the following day.

*Jack Johnson is serving the second of a three-game suspension tonight against Tampa Bay.

*This is a big test for the Blue Jackets tonight. The Lightning come to town red-hot, winners of four straight and sitting nicely atop the Atlantic Division. Their offense is humming, averaging 3.62 (!) goals per game which is second only to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the entire NHL. Steven Stamkos leads the Bolts with eight goals in 13 games.

*It'll be interesting to watch the morning skate today and see which goaltender gets the bulk of the work. McElhinney played well last night, making 32 saves including a couple of big ones in the third period when the Hurricanes put on their charge. Anton Forsberg was solid in his NHL debut last weekend in New Jersey, as well.

*Sergei Bobrovsky continued his progress towards a return Thursday, with Richards saying he had begun catching pucks and undergoing some activity with his injured glove hand. There is still no target date for his return.

*Scott Hartnell was a bright spot for the Blue Jackets last night in Raleigh. He scored two goals, both of a similar fashion, and single-handedly gave Columbus a lead going into the third period. He's been playing very well of late, and really, for most of the season.

These were the lines and pairings used during Friday's game...


Prout-St. Denis


Here we are, game No. 14 of the Blue Jackets season. Boy, a win tonight would sure be nice, right?

The Blue Jackets are back on home ice, having arrived late last night from Raleigh after a 3-2 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. There were things to like, but also things to dislike, which isn't all that surprising considering the final outcome. The Blue Jackets played their brand of hockey for most of the game, creating havoc on the forecheck and playing a hard game around the net.

Where they erred was in the discipline department. The Hurricanes had seven power play opportunities, and though the Blue Jackets were 6-for-6 on the kill in regulation, Carolina made its seventh and final chance count. Elias Lindholm's OT winner on a 2-on-1 was the final tally.

We'll have plenty more news, notes, quotes and photos throughout the day as we get set for the game. Stay tuned right here and let us bring game day to YOU, only at Game Day Central.

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