The LA Kings produced four goals in the first period to dominate the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-0 yesterday at the Staples Center. Three of the six goals provided were scored during power play opportunities. Michal Handzua and Alexander Frolov found the net 40 seconds apart to gain the clear advantage near the end of the initial block.
Fredrik Modin kept it going early in the second before Brad Richardson scored the final goal, resulting in a 6-0 lead with 30+ minutes left. “If you want to have success on the power play, you have to shoot as often as you can. That’s what we tried to do tonight,” said Frolov. “The power play worked out great for us. We changed our mentality and put more pucks on the net. We knew we had to have a strong game tonight, especially from the beginning.”
The 25-30 Blue Jackets have now lost five in a row heading into tonight’s game against the Anaheim Ducks. The Kings will look to earn their 40th win of the season vs the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday at the United Center.
Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Queeneville earned his 500th career victory after 11 shootout rounds when defenseman Brent Seabrook found the net with a backhand to seal the deal over the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 last night at the United Center. “I’ve been in a lot of great places, said Queeneville. “I’ve been fortunate, worked with good teams and great players.”
Chicago’s Kris Versteeg started off the offensive festivities 6:02 left in the first period. Antoine Vermette and Samuel Pahlsson answered for Columbus with a pair of goals early in the second. The Blackhawks then capitalized on a power play opportunity with Patrick Sharp netting Marian Hossa’s assist. Kris Russell wasted no time putting the pressure back on :40 into the third with another score. Jonathan Toews netted the last goal in regulation for the Hawks before Seabrook wrapped up the night in dramatic fashion.
“For a defenseman, you get out at center ice and it’s definitely a different feeling,” said Seabrook. “Huet kept us in and made some big saves. Tonight was pretty cool.” The Blackhawks will next host the Nashville Predators on Friday, December 4th. Look for great Chicago Blackhawks ticket deals right here at AceTicket.com!
Marian Gaborik and Sean Avery scored multiple goals for the New York Rangers on their way to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-4 yesterday at Madison Square Garden. Derek Mackenzie and Jared Boll notched the first two goals for the Blue Jackets in the first ten minutes of play. After the first period the Rangers found themselves up 3-2 and decided to keep the momentum going. That’s when Avery joined the action with back to back goals of his own a minute apart early in the second.
Following seven consecutive goals by New York, the Blue Jackets were able to net two more but it simply just wasn’t enough. “The biggest thing was coming back from that 2-0 deficit. It’s a big boost to our confidence,” said Avery. “It’s only one game. We can be happy about the fact that we got some goals from other guys, but it’s got to be a consistent thing.”
Columbus will look to show more consistency for their next game tonight against the Montreal Canadiens. “We got off to a good start. They took a timeout and they turned up the heat. We didn’t,” said defenseman Mike Commodore. “They are quick and we were on our heels a little bit. Then it was 7-2 before we knew it. We were still in it after the first. Then the second period was just a disaster.”
The Rangers are set to take on the Florida Panthers tomorrow at 7:30 PM before heading to Tampa Bay to match up against the Lightning. The best deals for New York Rangers tickets can be found right here at AceTicket.com!
Recap – The Columbus Blue Jackets saw some fantastic goaltending in the first half of the 2008 NHL season. Pascal Leclaire is tied for the league lead in shutouts with 7 and has the 2nd lowest GAA at 2.06. Helping Leclaire’s numbers stick up in the win column are offensive threats Rick Nash and Nikolai Zherdev. Both wingmen have 43 total points and were a huge part in the Jackets success. One thing working against the team’s playoff chances is the Central Division. It is the toughest in the NHL from top to bottom, and teams just seem to beat up on each other all season long.
2nd Half – Making the playoffs shouldn’t be a problem if Pascal stays hot in net. Defense will continue to win hockey games for the Jackets and their chances to advance in the first round will depend on their ability to score early in the game. The team has done a nice job holding early leads throughout the year.
Team Name: Columbus Blue Jackets (24-20-6)
Central Division Standing: T-2nd place
Conference Standing: T-9th place
Final Predictions – 2nd in Central Division, 6th in Western Conference
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