Ice time logged tonight by Blue Jackets defenseman Grant Clitsome, who has not missed a beat since being called up from Springfield (AHL). He picked up his 10th assist of the season on Jake Voracek’s game-tying power-play goal in the first period in a situation where he’s done most of his damage. He’s got a four-game points streak going right now and has played in 20-plus minutes in five straight games.6 -
Consecutive games with at least a point for captain Rick Nash
, who has taken his game to a different level in the club’s playoff push. Coach Scott Arniel said Nash has dragged his teammates into the battle and set a standard of play that will be needed down the stretch. He recorded assist No. 27 tonight on the Voracek goal, and has points in 16 of the past 19 games, registering 11-13-24 in those games, after being held to 1-6-7 the previous 12 games.20 -
Goals this season for R.J. Umberger
, another huge contributor to the club and one of the Blue Jackets’ emotional leaders. He has been a force in all three zones and his goal tonight gives him 20 snipes in three consecutive seasons – all of those with the Blue Jackets.16,771 -
Were in the house tonight at Nationwide Arena, and you could feel the energy in the building before the opening faceoff. When the Blue Jackets fell behind 2-0, the locals raised their game and so did the team. Five unanswered goals set the building into a feverish roar and we saw arena staff holding the roof down following Calvert’s hat-trick goal. Blue Jackets Nation was outstanding tonight and deserves a round of applause – just like they did for a hard-working 5-3 win for the good guys.
Blue Jackets Head Coach Scott Arniel
Commenting on tonight’s game…
"The first 15 minutes we were spectators. Our power play picked us up big time and certainly kept us in the hockey game. In the second period we finally got going."
Commenting on Left Wing Matt Calvert's hat trick…
"It's got to be very special for him. He had a great game and scored a couple of highlight goals. He's done lots of good things and certainly making the most of his opportunities, getting elevated and (earning) the ice time and the line he is playing with. The line he played with was tremendous. At the NHL level there is always the unknown, but I saw him in junior and I saw him do what he did tonight."
Blue Jackets Left Wing R.J. Umberger
Commenting on tonight's game…
"You can't sit back and enjoy. What our past record, it means nothing to us right now. It's what we do in our next game. We have to come back and you just can't be satisfied. You have to manage it right now. Nashville is going to be a big test for us (on Sunday). We want to go in there and end that streak and get the two points we need. We have some games at hand on some teams and we need to go take them."
Blue Jackets Left Wing Matt Calvert
Commenting on his first NHL hat trick…
"Some nights you feel better than others and some nights you are battling the puck. Tonight I just felt patient and there were a lot of great plays by my linemates to help me out. The puck just kind of followed me around tonight and especially on that third one. I missed the wide open net there and it came back to me. It was a pretty special night and definitively one I will remember."
Phoenix Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett
Commenting on tonight's game…
"We knew what kind of hockey game it was going to be tonight. We knew it was going to be a tight game. You can't get in a game like this and beat yourself, that’s just the way it is. We jumped out early and we are playing a real strong road game and decided we were going to take a bunch of penalties. When you do that you are just giving the other team a better chance of winning and we just kept doing it until they won. It comes from players getting beat. When you are in the battle and get beat you take penalties. If you win the battle you don't take penalties. Four or five of the penalties we took tonight were players that got beat in a one on one battle and fouled the player out of the battle. That’s just unacceptable for us right now."