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Emil Bemström Becomes Youngest Player to Lead SHL in Scoring

He's got the power

by Peter Fish @BlueJacketsNHL /

CBJ prospect and 2017 fourth-round selection Emil Bemström became the youngest player to lead the SHL in scoring with 23 goals.

Bemström accomplished this feat in 47 games and with only 13:46 minutes of ice time per game. To put this into perspective, Joakim Nygård who came in second with 21 goals played in 5 more games and saw almost five more minutes on the ice per game than Bemström.

This would be a significant accomplishment for any player in the SHL, but at only 19 years of age and in his rookie season, Bemström shocked the SHL.

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10 Questions with Blue Jackets forward Matt Duchene

Deadline acquisition has varied interests off the ice

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

Among NHL fans, Matt Duchene needs little introduction. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2009 draft, he's been a scoring centerman pretty much his entire NHL career, and he was one of the prize players available at the trade deadline before being acquired by the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

He's been a solid pickup to this point, with three goals and three assists including his highlight-reel tally that helped the Blue Jackets earn a point at Boston. 

Off the ice, Duchene is a man with varied interests. He's a new father, a musician, an animal lover and much more. 

Video: CBJ@BOS: Duchene powers past defender and scores

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Monsters Monday: Sherwood's two-goal game helps in playoff battle

Cleveland stays in race for AHL postseason play

by Jeffrey Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

A look at the past week for the Cleveland Monsters, the top AHL farm team of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who went 1-1-1 last week while battling for a playoff spot.


March 13: 2-1 loss at Milwaukee. In a 10:37 a.m. Central time start, the Monsters couldn't get the offense going. Despite outshooting the Admirals 30-18, Cleveland got only one goal, it coming off the stick of Zac Dalpe with 1:38 remaining. Brad Thiessen made 16 saves but was victimized by a spectacular goal by top Nashville prospect Eeli Tolvanen. 

March 15: 3-2 win at Chicago. Two goals from Kole Sherwood helped propel the Monsters to a huge win. After Chicago's T.J. Tynan, a former Jackets draft pick, made it 1-0 in the first, Sherwood scored back-to-back goals in the second before Tommy Cross made it 3-1. Jean-Francois Berube helped make the lead stand up with 24 saves. Newly signed forward David Barach out of Mercyhurst had two assists and was plus-3, while defenseman Ryan Collins had an assist and was plus-2.

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Blue Jackets prospect Texier makes debut with Monsters

Second-round pick in 2017 draft just finished excellent year in Finland

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

There aren't a ton of commuters who go to work in Kuopio, Finland, and then in Rockford, Ill., two days later, but Alexandre Texier has entered a stretch where his normal isn't a normal normal. 

About 48 hours after playing his last game in Europe, the Blue Jackets' second-round pick in the 2017 draft made his North American debut on Saturday night as the CBJ's top farm team, the Cleveland Monsters, played a road game at Rockford. 

It wasn't the result the Monsters wanted - they lost 3-2 in overtime - or likely the debut Texier had dreamed of. He had zero points, two shots on goal, and was on the ice when the Ice Hogs scored the game-winning goal in the extra frame. 

But down the road, that likely won't mean as much. The game in the long run was another step for the high-scoring French forward, who at 19 has come to North America to continue his development with hopes of joining the Blue Jackets down the road. 

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Postgame Hat Trick: Overtime finally upends the CBJ

Blue Jackets, Korpisalo gain important point in Boston

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

It will go down as an overtime loss but in some ways Columbus' 2-1 setback felt like a win for the Blue Jackets on Saturday night at Boston. 

No players, let alone head coach John Tortorella, would ever say that as Columbus battles for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  

But consider this: The Blue Jackets hit the road to play on the second night of a back-to-back. They went into one of the hardest buildings in the NHL to play in -- Boston entered with 27 home victories -- and played without their starting goaltender (Sergei Bobrovsky was scratched after a physically demanding 46-save performance the night before) and their captain (Nick Foligno stayed back to tend to a personal matter).  

Add in the fact that Boston entered wanting to end a three-game losing streak after a 19-game point streak and a lot was working against the Blue Jackets. 

Video: CBJ Recap: Duchene scores 30th goal in OT loss

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FINAL: Bruins 2, Blue Jackets 1 (OT)

Columbus earns key point in fourth game in six days

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

In a taut contest throughout, Columbus (40-28-4) lost 2-1 in overtime at Boston (43-20-9) on Saturday night in TD Garden. 

Game in a Paragraph 

Boston took an early 1-0 lead but Columbus fought back and tied it later in the first on a great goal by Matt Duchene. The teams stayed deadlocked through the second and the third, and in overtime, Brad Marchand scored with 1:30 left to get the win for the home side.

Video: CBJ@BOS: Duchene powers past defender and scores

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Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno to miss Boston game

Foligno attending to personal matter, expected to rejoin team soon

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

For the third time this year, the Columbus Blue Jackets are without captain Nick Foligno for a game because of an off-ice situation.

Foligno did not travel with the team to Boston for Saturday night's game because of a personal matter.

But unlike his first two absences, this one is not related to the heart issues faced by his 5-year-old daughter Milana.

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PREVIEW: Blue Jackets hit road to face Bruins

Columbus looks to extend winning run

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

BLUE JACKETS (39-28-3) at BRUINS (42-20-9)
Saturday, 7 p.m., TD Garden, Boston (FOX Sports Ohio, CBJ appFOX Sports app, 97.1 The Fan)

At the time of the season when defense matters most, the Blue Jackets have found their footing over the last six games. 

Columbus has allowed just nine non-empty-net goals in that span, a sign that the team is battening down the hatches defensively down the stretch. 

"The six D have played well, have found their game, and hopefully will stay consistent," head coach John Tortorella said. 

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Postgame Hat Trick: Bobrovsky shines for Blue Jackets

Goaltender keys shutout victory in key tilt

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

Well, that was something, wasn't it? 

In one of the weirder games you'll ever see in Nationwide Arena, Columbus got two goals from defensemen, the best performance of the year from its goaltender, and turned a number of narratives on their heads while earning a 3-0 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night. 

It was big in that it tied Columbus with Carolina for fourth in the Metropolitan Division and seventh in the Eastern Conference, making it a crucial intradivision victory. 

Video: Torts on the 3-0 shutout win

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FINAL: Blue Jackets 3, Hurricanes 0

Bobrovsky outstanding as Jackets earn key Metro win

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

Columbus (40-28-3) took the lead early and then held on, downing Carolina (38-25-7) by a 3-0 score on Friday night at Nationwide Arena to pull even with the Hurricanes for fourth place in the Metropolitan Division.

Game in a Paragraph 

Columbus got off to a hot start, taking a 2-0 lead in the first six minutes, before Carolina settled into the game. The Blue Jackets held the lead, though Carolina dominated the second period with a 22-2 edge in shots but couldn't score. Columbus then held on until the end thanks to Sergei Bobrovsky, who set a season high for saves in the win, before an empty-net clincher.

Video: Bobrovsky makes 46 saves, Blue Jackets top Hurricanes

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