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Blue Jackets' stars come out to play in sixth straight victory

Led by Atkinson and Foligno, core group steps up in the clutch for Columbus.

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider /

That's what it looks like when it all comes together for the Blue Jackets.

After a long stretch without their usual leaders doing what they usually do, seeing the Blue Jackets' top scorers pot huge goals - or any goals, for that matter - began to feel like a fading memory.

Not anymore, after the way Columbus defeated the Ottawa Senators at Nationwide Arena on Friday night. The Jackets won their sixth straight game by a 5-2 score, getting two goals from Cam Atkinson and one from captain Nick Foligno, who each scored in the third period and ended lengthy goal droughts.

"It felt like I hadn't scored a goal in a couple years," said Atkinson, who snapped an eight-game skid without a goal, which stretched back to Oct. 27. "It's good to contribute. That's my game. It's nice to be a part of it, and get back to my way of playing."

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Jackets assign Korpisalo, Hannikainen to Monsters, recall Kivlenieks

The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned goaltender Joonas Korpisalo and forward Markus Hannikainen to the Cleveland Monsters

by Staff BlueJacketsNHL /

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned goaltender Joonas Korpisalo and forward Markus Hannikainen to the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate, and recalled goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced tonight. 

Korpisalo, 23, has gone 1-3-0 with a 3.28 goals-against average and .896 save percentage this season and is 24-19-5 with a 2.73 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 49 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets. He has compiled a record of 16-16-5 with a 2.53 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 38 career AHL games with the Monsters. In his lone AHL appearance of the 2017-18 season, he made 32 saves in a 3-1 win over Milwaukee on November 18. The native of Pori, Finland was selected by Columbus in the third round, 62nd overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft.

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Labatt Blue What We Learned: CBJ 5, OTT 2

Three third period goals ride Jackets to sixth straight win

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider /

The Blue Jackets' top players are starting to show signs of waking from a season-long slumber.

Backed by two goals from Cam Atkinson and a goal by captain Nick Foligno, Columbus defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-2 Friday at Nationwide Arena for its season-high sixth straight victory - the longest active streak in the NHL.

The first five victories were sparked by goalie Sergei Bobrovsky - who made 24 saves for his sixth straight win -- and depth scoring. This time, with help from both top scorers and role players alike, the Blue Jackets (15-7-1) showed what kind of force they can be when all facets are going in the right direction.

"I was really proud of that," Foligno said. "You see some guys pitch in that haven't, and that's important for our team. You can't rely on the same guys [every game]. You need other guys stepping up, especially the guys that are supposed to, whether you're paid [a lot] to do it or not, you're the core group and we've got to find a way to answer. I was really proud of a lot of guys, in a game that could've gone either way."

Atkinson scored in the first and third periods, including the go-ahead goal to make it 3-2 in the third. Foligno made it 4-2 not long after, and defenseman Markus Nutivaara scored his first goal of the season, in the second period.

Video: OTT@CBJ: Foligno uses speed to tally snap shot

It was tied 2-2 after two periods, but the score wasn't indicative of how much Columbus dominated to that point. The Blue Jackets controlled play in the first 40 minutes, outshooting Ottawa 25-12 and taking 68.4 percent of all shot attempts during 5-on-5 play, but still gave up two goals.

The Senators opened the scoring when Tom Pyatt tapped home a pass from former Blue Jacket center Derick Brassard at 10:56 of the first, and they tied it 2-2 just 1:32 after Columbus took a 2-1 lead on Nutivaara's goal.

Atkinson scored his first goal of the game in the first period, off a breakaway. He tied it,1-1, 26 seconds after Pyatt scored for Ottawa (8-7-6), which has lost five in a row.

In the third, Atkinson responded to his tripping penalty by scoring less than a minute after he was released from the penalty box. Foligno provided a two-goal cushion less than three minutes later, and Motte sealed it.

Here's how it all played out:

First Twenty

Goals: OTT - Tom Pyatt (Derick Brassard, Mark Stone), 10:56; CBJ - Cam Atkinson (unassisted), 11:22

Shots:  Blue Jackets 14, Senators 4

Shot-Attempts percentage (Corsi 5v5): Blue Jackets 80% (24-6), Senators 20% (6-24)

Scoring chances 5v5: Blue Jackets 10, Senators 3

High-Danger chances 5v5: Blue Jackets 3, Senators 2

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Preview: Defense, Bobrovsky have Jackets hunting for sixth straight win

Bobrovsky has shutouts in two of the past three games to lead Columbus.

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider /

GAME 23: SENATORS (8-6-6) AT BLUE JACKETS (14-7-1)




The Blue Jackets are the hottest team in the NHL right now, and they're still in the process of building to something better this season.

Columbus isn't a finished product, by far, but is atop the Metropolitan Division standings and can extend the longest current winning streak in the league to six games with a win against the Senators - who've lost four straight (0-3-1).

"It doesn't matter who we're playing," coach John Tortorella said Thursday, after practice at Nationwide Arena. "They're all good teams who we play. We've just got to keep on improving as a team."

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Blue Jackets' identity taking shape after fifth straight victory

Search for consistency continues, but winning is part of this team's DNA.

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider /

Utopia is still out there.

The Blue Jackets won their season-high fifth straight game Wednesday at Nationwide Arena, 1-0 in overtime against the Calgary Flames, but it was merely one game closer in their search for Utopia.

That's the ultimate goal this season, the hockey nexus where everything all comes together at the same time. Every shift, every period, every game gets a passing grade for consistency. It's Utopia, basically, because all teams search for it and very few ever get there.

Utopia is when guys like Artemi Panarin, Cam Atkinson and Nick Foligno are all over the scoresheet night after night, leading the charge, at the same time Bobrovsky continues his mastery in net and both special teams are clicking. Utopia is a good power play. No, check that. It's a great power play, and opposing goalies get nervous each time the ref's arm goes up.

Utopia is a defense that's actually not far from what we've seen from the Blue Jackets through 22 games, which along with Bobrovsky has helped lift them into first place in the Metropolitan Division at Thanksgiving.

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Labatt Blue What We Learned: CBJ 1, CGY 0 (OT)

Anderson goes top shelf halfway through overtime for Jackets win

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider /

BUFFALO, N.Y. - It took all night for a cannon blast to follow a Blue Jackets' goal, but it happened in overtime courtesy of Josh Anderson.

It also gave Columbus a 1-0 win against the Calgary Flames, a season-high fifth straight for the Jackets, and Sergei Bobrovsky got his third shutout of the season -- second in a row at Nationwide Arena. Anderson's goal, scored at 2:02 of OT off a pass from Nick Foligno, put an end to a game dominated by goaltending.

Bobrovsky made 22 saves for Columbus (14-7-10) while Calgary's Mike Smith stopped 40 of 41 shots.

Video: CGY@CBJ: Foligno sets up Anderson for overtime winner

The 14 wins is tied with the Blue Jackets' 2010-11 season for most in franchise history after 22 games, while 29 points is second-most in franchise history, one less than last season's 30 with a 13-5-4 record.

"We played good tonight," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "The way we played tonight, we deserved to win. Had some chances. [Smith] was good, so we played a really good hockey game tonight."

The victory in overtime extended the Blue Jackets' success beyond regulation this season. They're 7-0-1 in games that finish in overtime or shootouts, which is a big reason they hold the top spot in the Metropolitan Division.

"I think we're just confident [in overtime], first of all in our conditioning, so we never feel tired," Foligno said. "Our overtime right now, we're confident because we work hard on it, and we've gotten some bounces to win games."

They got a great one in this OT, when Calgary defenseman TJ Brodie lost the puck behind the Flames' net and watched Foligno send it to Anderson for the game-winner. It was Anderson's team-high eighth goal of the season, and Foligno's assist ended a 12-game pointless stretch for him, which was tied for the longest of his career.

Otherwise, the goalies dominated.

Smith had nearly double the workload, but Bobrovsky came up with some difficult stops too. This was his second shutout in the past three games, second in a row on home ice and he's now tied for the NHL lead in shutouts with Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen and the Minnesota Wild's Devan Dubnyk.

Bobrovsky has started all five games during the win streak, and has a 0.80 goals-against average and .974 save percentage during the run.

Here's how the rest of it went down:

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Practice notes: Nutivaara playing 'mad' since return to Blue Jackets

Defenseman using preseason disappointment to fuel his solid play; Sedlak to return

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider /

Markus Nutivaara has played with a strong determination this season.

The 23-year old Finnish defenseman is in his second NHL season, and hasn't left the Blue Jackets' lineup since being recalled from the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League on Oct. 15, a span of 16 games.

Nutivaara's motivation wasn't merely the goal of getting back to the NHL, though. It was a little more visceral than that, and tied to his unsuccessful bid to make the season-opening roster for Columbus.

"It wasn't that kind of motivation," Nutivaara said Tuesday, after practice at Nationwide Arena. "I was just so mad. I was so mad. I think that gave me a big push."

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Preview: Blue Jackets hope to douse Flames for fifth straight victory

Calgary riding red-hot Gaudreau, who has 19 points in 10-game point streak

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider /

GAME 22: FLAMES (12-8-0) AT BLUE JACKETS (13-7-1)




Two of the hottest teams in the NHL will hit the ice Wednesday night at Nationwide Arena, as the Blue Jackets look to upend the Calgary Flames and push their winning streak to a season-high five in a row.

Columbus's four-game streak is its second of that length already, and the Blue Jackets just reached the quarter-pole mark of the season. Extending it to five will be a challenge against Calgary, which has won its past two in a row and is 7-3-0 in its past 10 games.

The Flames' top line of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Micheal Ferland are racking up goals and points in bunches recently, including Gaudreau riding a career-high 10-game point streak.

"It's just understanding the type of team you're playing against," Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said Tuesday, after practice. "They have a lot of similar traits as us. You've got the high-powered offense, the great defensemen and a good goalie. So, I'm expecting a great matchup and an exciting game because of the talent out there. We look forward to playing these guys."

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Blue Jackets activate center Lukas Sedlak off Injured Reserve

Team welcomes back Sedlak after he's missed the last 13 games with an injury

by Staff BlueJacketsNHL /

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated center Lukas Sedlak off Injured Reserve, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Sedlak, 24, has missed the past 13 games due to an ankle injury suffered in the team's practice on October 23. He has notched nine goals and six assists for 15 points with 29 penalty minutes and is +8 in 70 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, including posting 2-0-2 with four penalty minutes in eight contests this season. 

Video: Sedlak talks about returning to the Jackets lineup

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CBJ Foundation recognized as a 2017 National Philanthropy Day Honoree

Central Ohio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) presented the "Outstanding Foundation" award during today's Celebrate Giving award luncheon

by Staff BlueJacketsNHL /

COLUMBUS, OHIO - In conjunction with National Philanthropy Day, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation was recognized by the Central Ohio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) as its 2017 "Outstanding Foundation." The Blue Jackets Foundation received the honor earlier today at the 25th anniversary Celebrate Giving award luncheon held at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel.

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