BLUE JACKETS 5 | DUCKS 3
Scott Hartnell Post Game
Ryan Johansen Post Game
Todd Richards Post Game
Hartnell Hat Trick
Ryan Johansen Goal
Hartnell's Second Goal
Nick Foligno Goal
Second Period Highlights
ANALYSIS: The Blue Jackets' early-game problems on home ice continued in that first period, as they struggled to get their legs moving in the first 10 minutes and as a result, took a couple of penalties (one of them leading to a power play goal for Anaheim). Ryan Kesler scored on a rebound at the door step just 6:11 in, and at 14:21, Andrew Cogliano left the Jackets' defense in the dust as he scooped up the puck in neutral ice and finished the play himself -- a sneaky backhander inside the post to make it 2-0 Ducks. The Blue Jackets got one back, and it was a goal they really needed; Ryan Johansen got a return pass at the half wall and hit Scott Hartnell right at the lip of the crease for a tap-in power play goal, his 23rd of the season that cut the Anaheim lead in half. Shots are 12-10 Ducks.
Scott Hartnell Goal
First Period Highlights
William Karlsson Pregame
Boone Jenner Pregame
Todd Richards Pregame
UPDATE (12:30 PM): Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports that Cam Fowler appears to be a healthy scratch for the Ducks tonight.
UPDATE (11:30 AM): Todd Richards said that Rene Bourque will be out of the lineup tonight due to an upper-body injury. Scott Hartnell, who also missed the morning skate, will be in the lineup tonight and will skate with Marko Dano and William Karlsson.
UPDATE (10:05 AM): Here are the lines and pairings from this morning's skate...
- Alexander Wennberg and Brandon Dubinsky were not on the ice for morning skate, both still dealing with upper-body issues. Scott Hartnell and Rene Bourque were also missing from the morning skate. We will have updates on each player's status after coach Todd Richards meets with the media.
- With Bourque and Hartnell both missing from the skate, defenseman Justin Falk took reps during line rushes with emergency call-up WIlliam Karlsson and Marko Dano. Karlsson, acquired from the Ducks on trade deadline day, appears set to make his Blue Jackets debut tonight against his former team.
It's great to be home, friends. Now let's keep this train rollin'.
The Blue Jackets and Anaheim Ducks close out their two-game season series with a showdown tonight at Nationwide Arena. The Ducks are coming off a 7-2 loss on Sunday to the New York Rangers, and the Blue Jackets are back home after sweeping the three-game western Canada swing for the first time ever.
Tonight's game also makes the return of James Wisniewski, who was traded to the Ducks on deadline day. Ironically enough, both players acquired by Columbus in that deal (Rene Bourque and William Karlsson) could well be in the lineup tonight against their former team. Bourque has four goals in eight games since coming over from Anaheim, and Karlsson was recalled Monday on an emergency basis.
If Karlsson plays, it will be his Blue Jackets debut wearing jersey No. 20, last worn by fellow Swede and former Jackets defenseman Tim Erixon.
Here are some other pre-game nuggets:
- Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to start in goal for the Jackets.
- Ryan Murray (lower body) and Brandon Dubinsky (upper body) are both considered day-to-day but will not play tonight, Todd Richards said yesterday.
- Bourque and Artem Anisimov were banged up coming off the road trip and didn't skate yesterday. Richards said he expects both players in the lineup tonight.
- Alexander Wennberg (infected hand) was cleared to return to Columbus on Sunday, but he's not considered an option to play tonight. Richards did not have a timetable for his return.