Their performance on Thursday wasn't their best, but the Blue Jackets rookies didn't let it affect the rest of their stay in Traverse City.
A crazy 7-5 win over the Carolina Hurricanes the following day helped settle Columbus down, despite the frenetic pace of the game and a slew of penalties in between. They moved the puck extremely well, created a ton of chances, and found the back of the net on a regular basis. After a complete day off on Saturday, they returned to Center ICE Arena and got back to work on Sunday.
Austin Madaisky and Ryan Murray scored a pair of early goals to give the Blue Jackets a 2-0 lead over the Rangers and they didn't encounter much trouble after that, hanging on for a 4-2 win and punching their ticket for the third-place game on Monday afternoon. Oscar Dansk was solid between the pipes, making 21 saves for his second win in a row.
Three players had multi-point games for Columbus, including Boone Jenner (two assists) who has been one of the Blue Jackets' best players in the tournament.
Click "full story" for a boxscore from Sunday's game.
Wild, crazy, tons of offense...that's the kind of game the Blue Jackets and Hurricanes rookies tangled in today in Traverse City. Columbus raced out to a 4-1 first period lead, but Carolina answered to take the lead in the third period before the Blue Jackets regained control.
Ryan Murray leveled the game at 5-5 with a power play goal at 11:26 of the third, Josh Anderson scored the go-ahead goal minutes later and then Thomas Larkin ripped home Columbus' seventh goal of the day to cap the scoring.
Saturday is a practice day only for the Blue Jackets, and they return to game action with a 3:30 p.m. start against the New York Rangers on Sunday.
Click "full story" below to view the boxscore.
In their first game of the 2013 NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich., the Blue Jackets dropped a 3-2 decision to the Buffalo Sabres.
Oscar Dansk started in goal for Columbus and made 19 saves, recovering nicely after a rough start. The Sabres scored on their first shot of the game and potted two goals in the opening 3:11, but the Blue Jackets made it a tight finish thanks to a shorthanded goal in the second period.
The Blue Jackets continue the tournament with a game this afternoon against the Carolina Hurricanes, who opened with a 4-3 win over the New York Rangers rookies on Thursday.
Check back to BlueJackets.com throughout the weekend for further updates.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jack Skille became an unrestricted free agent on July 5, and the next couple of days felt a lot longer than 48 hours.
Life as a professional athlete rarely contains any semblance of certainty. The “comforts of home” often refer to a king bed in a hotel room rather than a four-acre ranch outside the city limits. But finding those comforts – in whatever way they come – has a lot to do with finding the right opportunity. Skille, with the advantage of being able to choose his next destination, took some time to evaluate the options.
On the checklist: a place where he fit in, a place where there was some familiarity, and a team that stands a good chance to win. When the Blue Jackets came calling, things materialized quickly.
“I think (choosing the Blue Jackets) was mainly about the opportunity that has presented itself here in Columbus,” Skille told BlueJackets.com. “I work hard every summer to make sure I get better and to give myself the best chance, and I saw what Columbus did last year and all the character they showed. It’s unbelievable here, and I’m so excited to be part of this group."
It's that time of the week again...
With last week's focus on the U.S. Olympic orientation camp and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi approaching quickly, we asked how many times Jack Johnson has worn the stars and stripes in international competition.
Several of you had the correct answer, but unfortunately we could only choose one winner. Congrats to Carrie Butler, who correctly guessed 12 times!
The full list of his representation with Team USA can be found here.
Now it's trivia time - which means it's YOUR chance to win a Blue Jackets team-signed stick.
The Blue Jackets prospects arrived in Columbus today to kick off their trip to the 2013 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament, held in Traverse City, Mich. There, the Blue Jackets prospects will face off against prospects from seven other NHL teams, including the Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers.
This won't be the Blue Jackets' first trip to the tournament, which leads us to this week's question...
QUESTION: How many years have the Columbus Blue Jackets sent prospects to the Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament?
Same rules apply: fill out the form below with the correct answer, hit "submit" and you're immediately entered to win a replica stick signed by the entire 2012-13 Blue Jackets team. Good luck!
Welcome back to Trivia Tuesday!
It's great to see so many fans participating and so knowledgeable about the Blue Jackets' history. Last week, we stuck with the theme of moving to the Eastern Conference, and asked which Metropolitan Division opponent's arena is closest in distance to Nationwide Arena. We had a lot of correct answers, but unfortunately there can only be one winner. Congrats to Jamie Grube, who won a replica hockey stick signed by the entire 2012-13 Blue Jackets team.
With that, it's time to kick off this week's edition of Trivia Tuesday.
There has been a lot of buzz about the start of Olympic camps, which are taking place this week for both Team USA and Team Canada. Even though the Olympics are five months away, the camps are a good chance for NHL players to get together before the start of training camp and get into hockey mode, while also building chemistry in order to represent their home countries to the best of their ability.
The Blue Jackets have a player participating in an Olympic camp this week, and that man is Jack Johnson. He is listed on the US Olympic roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and is one of the most experienced players invited to Team USA's camp.
So this leads us into this week's question...
QUESTION: How many times has Jack Johnson represented Team USA so far in international competition?
Same rules apply: simply fill out the form below with the correct answer, click submit, and you are automatically entered to win a replica hockey stick signed by the entire 2012-13 Blue Jackets team. Good luck!
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Another sign that hockey season is rapidly approaching: the Blue Jackets have confirmed their participation in the Red Wings' annual prospects tournament in Traverse City, and along with it, their official roster for the tournament.
The Blue Jackets will take 24 players to Traverse City on Sept. 4, with the tournament beginning the following day. It's an all-day affair for the teams, with practices typically taking place in the morning and games played in the afternoon.
Here are the groupings and participating teams for this year's tournament:
TED LINDSAY DIVISION - Columbus, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers
GORDIE HOWE DIVISION – Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues
Happy Trivia Tuesday!
Last week, because the NHL Mascot Conference was in town, we asked when our beloved bug Stinger was born.
Thanks to everyone for your submissions--there were a lot of correct guesses. The answer? July 4, 1999. Congrats to Jonathan Thompson, who had the correct answer and won a replica stick signed by the entire 2012-13 Blue Jackets team!
This week, we are just over a month away from opening night, and we're looking forward to being part of the Eastern Conference and newly-designed Metropolitan Division. We'll have new rivals that we will be seeing multiple times a year and battling against for playoff positions.
Keeping with the Metropolitan Division theme, let's move on to this week's trivia question.
QUESTION: Which Metropolitan Division opponent's arena is the closest (in distance) to Nationwide Arena?
All you have to do: fill out the form below with the correct answer, hit "submit" and you're then immediately entered to win a replica hockey stick signed by the entire 2012-13 Blue Jackets team. Good luck!
Couldn't make it to Cannonfest last weekend? Here's part of what you missed: tremendous videos from Tom Larrow (better known as Skraut on Twitter).