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FINAL: Canadiens 4, Blue Jackets 1

Tatar, Armia score twice to push Montreal to win

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Columbus (28-16-3) saw a four-game winning streak come to a close in front of a sellout crowd Friday night in Nationwide Arena as visiting Montreal (27-17-5) earned a 4-1 victory. 

Game in a Paragraph 

Tomas Tatar and Carey Price did enough to keep the Blue Jackets at bay. Tatar scored in the first and second periods to give the Canadiens a 2-0 lead, while Price was perfect on 25 shots through two periods. Oliver Bjorkstrand scored early in the third to make it 2-1, but the Blue Jackets never could find the equalizer despite 35 shots on goal for the game. Joel Armia scored two empty-net goals to set the final score.

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CannonBall raises record amount for CBJ Foundation

$525,000 will go to foundation's initiatives to help area youth

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

When the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation created The CannonBall, it had two goals in mind - raise a lot of money for the central Ohio community and have a good time doing it. 

It's safe to say the mission has been accomplished. 

This year's event, sponsored by Bartha and American Eagle Mortgage was held Wednesday at Express Live in downtown Columbus, raised $525,000, a new record. 

And anyone who saw the photos of Blue Jackets players and attendees wearing their best 1980s glam attire can confirm it was a blast. 

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Gavrikov, Marchenko to take part in KHL All-Star festivities

Blue Jackets draft picks chosen among league's best

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

When the KHL All-Star festivities take place this weekend, two players drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets will be taking part.

One, Vladislav Gavrikov, has become a rock-solid defenseman in the league. The other, forward Kirill Marchenko, is in the game at the young age of 18.

The two will take part in the Skills Competition to be held Saturday in TatNeft Arena in Kazan, Russia. The game will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. local time (8 a.m. Eastern).

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Blue Jackets, USO partner to help military members, families

Military Appreciation Night presented by Elk & Elk to take place tonight

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

The red, white and blue will be colors as essential to Friday night's Columbus Blue Jackets game as the traditional goal red, capital silver and union blue worn by the NHL club. 

The team's annual Military Appreciation Night presented by Elk & Elk will spotlight the organization's commitment to serving and recognizing our troops, something seen through the Blue Jackets season with the military salute to a service member as well as the Elk & Elk Military Row at select games. 

Friday night's game vs. Montreal will be so much more than that. In addition to hosting local military members and their families and the pomp and circumstance that will go with such a game, the game also provides the chance to spotlight the Blue Jackets' partnership with the USO. 

Long thought of as the organization behind the military tours overseas of such entertainers as Bob Hope and Toby Keith, the United Service Organizations also provide essential services to military members and their families across the country, including our community. 

The USO of Central and Southern Ohio serves 150,000 people throughout a 65-county area of the state. 

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Local teen has fought cancer with help from Blue Jackets

Tyler Woodward accompanied team on recent trip to New York

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

At the end of one of the longest days of the season for the Columbus Blue Jackets, the most popular member of the organization for a day had a lot of energy as he greeted his fans one final time. 

The energy was still radiating from Tyler Woodward as the 18-year-old stood on the team plane upon its return to Columbus in the early morning hours of Dec. 28. 

The Reynoldsburg High School student had spent the whole day with the Columbus Blue Jackets, traveling with the team as it took on the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 27. 

And as he prepared for the day to be over, the teenager battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia received one final surprise. 

Video: Tyler Woodward has an experience he'll never forget

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PREVIEW: Blue Jackets take on Montreal at Nationwide

Columbus has won four in a row heading toward break

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

CANADIENS (27-16-5) at BLUE JACKETS (27-15-3)
Friday, 7 p.m., Nationwide Arena (FOX Sports Ohio, CBJ appFOX Sports app, CD 102.5 FM

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As the Blue Jackets began the third period of Tuesday's game against New Jersey holding a 4-1 lead, recent history suggested that was one of the worst places Columbus could be. 

In the first three games of the team's four-game win streak, the Blue Jackets had given up goals in the late going. Against Nashville, it was two in the last five minutes to turn a 3-1 lead into a 3-3 tie. Against Washington, a 1-0 lead the team had nursed from the opening minutes disappeared with the Caps' net empty. And the Rangers had turned a 6-3 romp into a 6-5 nailbiter in the late going before Nick Foligno's goal iced a third straight win. 

But there was no panic in the Blue Jackets vs. the Devils. Joonas Korpisalo and the Blue Jackets slammed the door, limiting New Jersey's scoring chances and finishing the 4-1 victory. 

"I liked our third period," head coach John Tortorella said afterward. "They score a late goal (in the second). I thought that might give them some juice, but I thought we checked, didn't give up any odd-man rushes and just played straight ahead. I thought we were much more aware away from the puck in the third period." 

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Swedish Stenlund solid in first few games after debut

Big forward getting feet wet at NHL level

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

For Kevin Stenlund, his "welcome to the NHL" moment was literally a welcome to the NHL. 

As the Blue Jackets forward readied for a faceoff in the midst of his first NHL game Saturday at Washington, a fellow Swede had a congratulatory message in their native tongue. 

"(Nicklas Backstrom) asked me if it was my first game and I said yeah," Stenlund said. "He said congrats. Swedish buddies." 

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FINAL: Blue Jackets 4, Devils 1

Columbus runs win streak to four with another Metro victory

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

The Blue Jackets wasted little time, scoring early and often on the way to their fourth straight win on Tuesday night, a 4-1 victory against visiting New Jersey (18-21-7) at Nationwide Arena. Columbus improved to 28-15-3 on the year and moved into a tie with Washington atop the Metropolian Division.

Game in a Paragraph 

Columbus took a 4-0 lead less than 22 minutes into the game and shepherded it home without incident. Each member of the team's top line had a goal and an assist, the Jackets led 3-0 after one period, and Joonas Korpisalo made 29 saves to earn his third victory in the team's last four games. 

Video: Torts was pleased with how the CBJ finished tonight

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Practice Report: Korpisalo's game rounding into form

Blue Jackets goalie has been impressive in last two starts

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

To hear the Blue Jackets tell it, Joonas Korpisalo has been as good as he's played the last two games for a while. 

He just hasn't had much of a chance to show it on the ice.

"Watching him prepare in practice, it's really great to see him get rewarded because he's a hell of a goalie," captain Nick Foligno said of Korpisalo's last two starts, wins last week vs. division-leading Nashville and Washington squads. "We're lucky to have two great goalies on this team. When you see him get in there consistently you can really see his competitive spirit come out."

Korpisalo will get another chance to show it tonight as Columbus hosts New Jersey for a 7 p.m. game at Nationwide Arena in another key Metropolitan Division game.

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PREVIEW: Blue Jackets continue homestand vs. New Jersey

Columbus has won 3 in a row ahead of Metro clash

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

DEVILS (18-20-7) at BLUE JACKETS (27-15-3)
Tuesday, 7 p.m., Nationwide Arena (FOX Sports Ohio, CBJ appFOX Sports app, 97.1 The Fan

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A lot can happen in a week. Just ask the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

Since last Tuesday afternoon, the team lost in Tampa, assessed a one-game vacation to goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, got their captain back, watched their coach win his 600th game, answered a lot of questions across the league by defeating two straight division leaders, saw the best player in franchise history retire, honored said player, and then gutted out a closer-than-it-probably-should-have-been victory to cap it all off Sunday. 

That seems like a lot, but it wasn't to team captain Nick Foligno. 

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