POST GAME INTERVIEWS
Mark Letestu --> WATCH HERE
Nick Foligno --> WATCH HERE
Todd Richards --> WATCH HERE
IN GAME UPDATES
Nick Foligno stays hot. His power play goal ties the game --> WATCH HERE | LISTEN HERE
Mark Letestu's second of the night is the game-winner --> WATCH HERE | LISTEN HERE
SECOND PERIOD RECAP: What a difference a period makes. That's never been more true than right now, as the Blue Jackets scored three goals in a span of 5:14 to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes in San Jose. Ryan Johansen has two of those three, scoring the Jackets' first and third goals in a wild second period on both sides. His first was a beauty, flying down the left wing, cutting back to the net and sending a backhander under the bar and in to get the Jackets in the game. Mark Letestu scored a shorthanded goal courtesy of a brilliant pass from Artem Anisimov to tie the game at 2-2, and seconds later, Johansen pounced on a turnover created by Scott Hartnell and snapped his fifth of the season past Niemi on the short side. The Sharks killed off a double-minor to Brent Burns late in the second to keep it a 3-2 game, but it was all Columbus in the middle frame.
BLUE JACKETS 5 | SHARKS 4
Ryan Johansen sneaks one past Antti Niemi and brings the Jackets within one -->
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Mark Letestu breaks in alone to tie the score in the second --> WATCH HERE
Johansen nets his second of the game to give CBJ the lead --> WATCH HERE | LISTEN HERE
FIRST PERIOD RECAP:
The Blue Jackets did not have the most desirable start to this game, and the Sharks, playing their first period at home after a long road trip on the east coast, came out absolutely flying. They lead 2-0 over Columbus and have a 16-5 edge in shots on goal, and if not for a few big saves from Bobrovsky, this could be a rout. The Jackets had some jump but were not very sharp, and lacked any true presence on the forecheck - which is paramount to their success. They were slow on the backcheck on Adam Burish's opening goal and took a couple of bad penalties late in the first period that resulted in a deflection goal for Joe Pavelski.
Adam Cracknell and Cody Goloubef spoke before making their season debuts, as did head coach Todd Richards.
Adam Cracknell --> WATCH HERE
Cody Goloubef --> WATCH HERE
Todd Richards --> WATCH HERE
PRE GAME UPDATES
UPDATE (3:45 PM):
According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus DIspatch and Fox Sports Ohio's Jeff Rimer,
Cody Goloubef will make his season debut tonight. Goloubef will replace Dalton Prout on the third defense pairing.
Here's the Jackets' expected lineup:
From the Blue Jackets' morning skate (well, it's the morning in San Jose) at SAP Center...
The Blue Jackets open their three-game west coast swing Thursday night in the Bay Area when they take on the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks sit fifth in the Western Conference and also third in the NHL-best Pacific Division.
The Sharks return for only their second home game of the season. They’re coming off a long road trip of their own to the east coast, a five-game trip through Washington, the New York area’s three teams, and then finishing in Boston. The Sharks were the last team in the NHL to lose a game in regulation, but have now lost two straight at the end of the trip.
It’s the same familiar names leading the charge for the Sharks. Both former Sharks captains continue their offensive assault together, with Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton still lighting it up. Marleau has four goals and nine points in seven games, while Thornton remains one of the NHL’s premier set-up men with five assists, as well as two goals of his own.
Logan Couture is coming off what head coach Todd McLellan called his best game of the season after the Sharks' loss to Boston. Couture netted two goals in that game, and now has three goals and six points on the season.
Perhaps a surprise (though it shouldn’t be), Brent Burns’ shift back to defense has been a booming success. Burns played on the blue line for the Minnesota Wild before coming to the Sharks, and was shifted back to make up for the loss of offensive defenseman Dan Boyle during the summer. Burns has responded with a goal and seven assists early in the season. He twice topped 40 points and 15 goals as a defenseman with Minnesota.
In goal, Antti Niemi and Alex Stalock had been making decisions difficult for McLellan. Before Tuesday's game in Boston, both had started three games, both had identical .933 save percentages, and each had identical 2.27 goals-against averages. The difference was their records. Now, Niemi is 3-1 after surrendering four goals to the Bruins. Stalock is 1-1-1, and his puck-handling gaffes against the Rangers did lead to two goals in the team’s first regulation loss.
The Blue Jackets look to get back to their winning ways after a 3-2 loss in Ottawa last weekend (yes, it's been that long). It was the Jackets' second loss in three games, but the second in which they recovered from two-goal deficits. The Jackets scored twice in the second to erase a 2-0 Dallas lead before giving up the winning goal halfway through the third. After erasing a two-goal deficit in Ottawa with goals from Nick Foligno and David Savard, the Jackets gave up the winning goal to Mike Hoffman in the middle of the third.
Foligno and Ryan Johansen lead the Jackets with seven points, each with at least one point in each of the Jackets’ first five games. Foligno has scored two goals and added five assists, while Johansen has three goals and four assists.
With Curtis McElhinney on injured reserve, Sergei Bobrovsky will likely make his sixth appearance of the season. He’ll be backed by Anton Forsberg, who was recalled from AHL Springfield.
The Sharks were 29-7-5 last year at the "Shark Tank", and outscored opponents by 45 goals.
*These are the lines the Blue Jackets used during Wednesday's practice at SAP Center, as reported by Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch:
*If these lines are used tomorrow night, it would mark Adam Cracknell's Blue Jackets debut.
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