GAME BLOG: Blue Jackets vs. Flames
9:35 P.M. -- The twelve-game point streak is alive and well! JACKETS WIN! JACKETS WIN!
YOUR Columbus Blue Jackets - 5
Calgary Flames - 1
9:21 P.M. -- CONGRATS, COLTON! -- Tonight marks the first multi-point game of Colton Gillies' NHL career!
9:21 P.M. -- AGAIN! AGAIN! AGAIN! Colton Gillies gets his FIRST GOAL of the season. Assisted by Jack Johnson and Derek MacKenzie.
Jackets 5 - Flames 1.
9:15 P.M. -- Congratulations to season ticket holder William Grubaugh! He won a trip with the team on the team plane to a road game next year in the Season Ticket Holder Sweepstakes.
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9:00 P.M. -- Ryan Johansen speaks about second period onslaught: LISTEN
8:30 P.M. -- In one minute and fifteen seconds, the Jackets net THREE GOALS! The most recent scorer is Arty! Jackets 4! Flames 1.
The three goals scored by the Blue Jackets at the beginning of the second period breaks the team record for fastest three goals in history, which were the first three goals in team history. Those three goals were scored on Inaugural Night in 2000 in 1:46 by Gardiner, Vyborny, and Heinze.
We're rewriting history!
Nick Foligno also breaks a #cbj record for fastest two goals apart at :51. Previous was R.J. Umberger vs. Dallas on 2/17/09 at 1:29 apart.— NHL Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) March 23, 2013
The three goals scored by the #CBJ within 1:15 in the 2nd period breaks a team record (1:46) held since opening night of the franchise!— NHL Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) March 23, 2013
Pretty sure the #CBJ cannon crew had to reload the cannon as quick as an actual Civil War cannon crew there— Mike Majeski (@mmajeski06) March 23, 2013
8:30 P.M. -- Just a few seconds later, Foligno gets another! Jackets 3! Flames 1. At 51 seconds apart, that is the fastest two goals scored by one Blue Jacket in team history! The previous record was 1:29; held by RJ Umberger on February 17, 2009 against Dallas.
8:28 P.M. -- Nick Foligno sneaks one through the five-hole! Jackets up 2-1!
8:09 P.M. -- Calgary's Glencross puts one in the net. Game tied at 1.
8:00 P.M. -- We've captured the game's moments in stills. Check out our Game Day Photo Gallery.
7:45 P.M. -- FIRST PERIOD ANALYSIS: A solid first period for the Blue Jackets, who did two things they wanted to do right off the bat: set the tempo and get a lead. They had a couple of chances from the new-look line centered by Artem Anisimov, but it was their rock-solid fourth line deservedly cashing in on a terrific shift spent entirely in the Flames' end of the ice. Gillies, MacKenzie and Boll went to work below the goal line and got the cycle started, which led to Boll springing free in the slot. He ripped a half-slapper past the blocker of Miikka Kiprusoff for a 1-0 Columbus lead at 16:56.
7:35 P.M. -- Jared Boll rips a slapper from 10 feet out, scores his second goal of the season! Jackets 1, Calgary 0.
7:10 P.M. -- The puck has dropped! Stinger's pumped up!
Time to keep the streak! #CBJ— Stinger (@CBJStinger) March 22, 2013
6:55 P.M. -- Here come your Cooooooolumbus Bluuuuuuuuue Jackets!!!
6:30 P.M. -- LISTEN to Vinny Prospal share his thoughts before tonight's game with Calgary.
3:45 P.M. -- #CBJSocial Contest: It's time for someone to win two (2) tickets in the Social Station to tonight's game against the Flames! See the directions below for how you'll enter...
2:30 P.M. -- Jackets TV: Check out our Game Day Preview & interviews with head coach Todd Richards, Fedor Tyutin, and Derek MacKenzie!
1:40 P.M. -- Instagram: Follow us for behind the scenes access to your Columbus Blue Jackets!
1:30 P.M. -- Game Day Photo Gallery: Check out shots from today's morning skate and media interviews in the locker room!
12:30 P.M. -- KIPPER: Word from the Flames' morning skate is that Miikka Kiprusoff, who started their game last night in Nashville, will get the start tonight against the Blue Jackets.
11:30 A.M. -- "OAKIE" BACK IN: Richards also confirmed that Adrian Aucoin is back tonight and John Moore will be a healthy scratch on the blue line. Richards said he spoke with Moore after practice and told him it was a "numbers decision" and he could be back in the lineup as soon as tomorrow in Nashville.
11:00 A.M. -- DUBINSKY UPDATE: Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said Dubinsky had a "setback" with his recent knee injury and won't play tonight vs. Calgary. The scenario we presented earlier will be the case, Richards said, with Anisimov moving up to center Calvert and Atkinson, and Gillies playing alongside Derek MacKenzie and Jared Boll.
10:15 A.M. -- If Dubinsky is unable to play tonight vs. the Flames, there could be some lineup shuffling for the home side. The most likely scenario is that Artem Anisimov will move up in the lineup between Calvert and Atkinson, slotting Derek MacKenzie back to the middle and Colton Gillies drawing in.
10:10 A.M. -- Brandon Dubinsky just left the CBJ morning skate. Don't know if it's injury-related or not but we'll get an update from Todd Richards after practice.
10:05 A.M. -- BLUE JACKETS LINEUP: Here's the projected lines that the Jackets will use in tonight's game vs. Calgary...
Umberger - Johansen - Foligno
Calvert - Dubinsky - Atkinson
Prospal - Brassard - Letestu
MacKenzie - Anisimov - Boll
Tyutin - Johnson
Nikitin - Prout
Erixon - Aucoin/Moore
9:55 A.M. -- BOBROVSKY: Sergei Bobrovsky will get the start in goal tonight vs. the Flames.
9:40 A.M. -- The Blue Jackets' morning skate is slated to get under way in just a few minutes. In the meantime, catch up with Todd Richards and his chat with the media following a full team practice at Nationwide Arena on Thursday:
9:30 A.M. -- HEY, JARMO! Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is in Toronto this week for the annual NHL GM meetings, and it's his first experience attending as a general mangager. He stopped by the NHL Network set to chat with Kathryn Tappen, Kevin Weekes & Craig Button. Check it out:
9:00 A.M. -- KEEP MARCHIN' ON: We've said this a lot lately, but we have another large game on tap tonight at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets, on a 7-0-4 stretch over their last 11 games, host the Calgary Flames tonight to close out a five-game home stand and begin a home stretch that's mostly played away from Columbus.
Columbus sits just outside the Western Conference playoff barrier at 30 points (12-12-6) entering tonight's game and has a prime opportunity to continue its push up the standings. The Flames arrived in Columbus late last night after playing a game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville - ironically where the Blue Jackets are off to after tonight's game - and Calgary will undoubtedly be seeking a better result than its 5-3 loss to the Predators.
The morning skate will get under way around 10 a.m. on the main ice surface at Nationwide Arena, and as always, this is the place to be. Practice updates, tonight's starting goalies and lineups, and YOUR tweets and photos throughout the day...all right here. Seriously, we mean it.