GAME BLOG: Blue Jackets at Oilers
1:10 A.M. -- Tonight's game story in highlights:
12:08 A.M. -- END OF GAME. Jackets fall to the Oilers, 6-4. Stay tuned for post game analysis, and video interviews.
Hemsky gives the Oilers a 5-4 lead with 3:04 to play. Big stop by Dubnyk at the other end set it up. #CBJ— Rob Mixer (@RobMixer) March 29, 2013
11:51 P.M. -- WATCH: Mr. Quick-strike Cam Atkinson scores his second of the night just 27 seconds into the third:
11:38 P.M. -- LISTEN: Atkinson's second goal of the night.
11:34 P.M. -- Check out Artem Anisimov's second-period goal right here:
11:23 P.M. -- LISTEN: Anisimov's second period goal
11:14 P.M. -- SECOND PERIOD ANALYSIS: We're tied 3-3 after two periods in Edmonton but this one had an element of controversy injected into it. At 17:33 of the period, Mark Letestu cranked a slap shot from the right wing that Khabibulin had trouble handling, and Matt Calvert crashed the net - taking the rebound off the skate into the net as he was hauled to the ice by Ryan Whitney. The NHL's Situation Room deemed it a "distinct kicking motion," disallowing the goal after the play was ruled a goal on the ice. But the Blue Jackets came right back with a rocket shot from Artem Anisimov short-side less than a minute later, giving Columbus a 3-2 lead late in the period. And that wasn't all; the Oilers took advantage of Columbus being caught up-ice and Ryan Jones fed Nail Yakupov on a 2-on-1 at the right circle, but Yakupov passed it back into the slot for Shawn Horcoff to tap into a wide open net with less than a minute left in the second. That's where we stand headed to the third period.
10:56 P.M. -- BOBROVSKY! Check out this great toe save by Sergei Bobrovsky on Ryan Whitney in the first period:
Edmonton's turn to come out soaring. #CBJ spending a lot of shifts in their own end and Bob's under siege.— Rob Mixer (@RobMixer) March 29, 2013
10:35 P.M. -- Oilers tie it up. 2-2... (womp, womp)
10:27 P.M. -- WATCH: Matt Calvert's first period goal
10:27 P.M. -- WATCH: Cam Atkinson's franchise record tying goal -
10:15 P.M. -- FIRST PERIOD ANALYSIS: Seeking a better start than they had in Nashville and Vancouver, the Blue Jackets got it tonight in Edmonton. Cam Atkinson opened the scoring 10 seconds into the game off a tenacious forecheck and feed from Matt Calvert, sniping one five-hole on Khabibulin. The goal actually tied a franchise record for the fastest goal to start a game (Rick Nash 1/11/06 vs. Pittsburgh), but the Jackets weren't done there. This time, it was Calvert on the business end of a 2-on-1 feed from Atkinson and he snapped one over Khabibulin just past the midway point of the first to make it 2-0. The Oilers got a goal from Magnus Paajarvi later in the frame after the Blue Jackets got a bit ragged with the puck in their own end, but they carried a 2-1 into the first intermission.
10:13 P.M. -- Brothers battle together...
Shout out also to @jameswisniewski welcome back to the line up! We need you brother!— Brandon Dubinsky (@BDubi17) March 29, 2013
10:09 P.M. -- LISTEN to Calvert's first period goal:
10:01 P.M. -- 2-0, CBJ in the 1st.
Atkinson catches the Oilers defense napping and feathered a perfect saucer to Calvert. #CBJ's ninth shot of the first 12 minutes.— Rob Mixer (@RobMixer) March 29, 2013
9:55 P.M. -- BOB. (1-0, CBJ 1st Period)
And a big stop by Bobrovsky on Ryan Whitney, who got a sweet pass from Nugent-Hopkins upon joining the rush. #CBJ— Rob Mixer (@RobMixer) March 29, 2013
9:47 P.M. -- LISTEN to Cam Atkinson's franchise record tying goal:
9:41 P.M. --
#CBJ scratches-Foligno (INJ), Moore, Gillies. Starters-Bobrovsky. Tyutin-Wisniewski. Calvert-Anisimov-Atkinson.— Todd Sharrock (@ToddSharrock) March 29, 2013
9:17 P.M. -- LIFE ON THE ROAD
9:03 P.M. -- We know you want to be with us, but we hope that this helps a little...
8:56 P.M. -- It's home...for at least a night.
FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT...
8:02 P.M. -- Perfect view from the air(port)...
7:10 P.M. -- MORE VIDEOS: Get set for the game tonight with pre-game comments from Alberta-native Mark Letestu and head coach Todd Richards on Jackets TV below:
6:47 P.M. -- Stinger has something to say, er write...
6:20 P.M. -- GAME DAY PREVIEW: Assistant coach Dan Hinote joins Bob McElligott to give you an inside look at tonight's game on Game Day Preview on Jackets TV:
6:09 P.M. -- This week's CBJ Poll Question: Who has been the best young defenseman this season?
5:40 P.M. -- WIZ INTERVIEW: Bob McElligott caught up with James Wisniewski before his return to the lineup tonight in Edmonton. Check it out on Jackets TV below:
4:45 P.M. -- PROMO TEAM SPOTLIGHT!
Hey #CBJ fans, meet Heather from YOUR Kia Ice Crew: she's just like the rest of us, in that she's taken an embarrassingly brutal fall down the stairs.
3:50 P.M. -- PRESS RELEASE: James Wisniewski Activated off IR, and Brandon Dubinsky Placed on Retroactive IR. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
2:00 P.M. -- BOBROVSKY!
1:50 P.M. -- It sure looks as if the Blue Jackets will be getting this guy back in the lineup tonight....
1:40 P.M. -- Per multiple reports, Nikolai Khabibulin is the Oilers' starting goaltender tonight.
1:30 P.M. -- The Blue Jackets morning skate is under way at Rexall Place. Today's first update: Nick Foligno, who took a hard hit early in Tuesday's game in Vancouver, is not skating this morning per Aaron Portzline of the Dispatch. It appears unlikely that he will play tonight vs. the Oilers.
#CBJ LW Nick Foligno not skating this morning. Sean Collins taking his place w R.J. Umberger and Ryan Johansen.— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) March 28, 2013
11:58 A.M. -- THIS JUST IN: Columbus Blue Jackets Will Celebrate Military Appreciation Night on Sunday, April 7. CLICK FOR DETAILS
11:46 A.M. -- Download and save our Game Day poster!
11:04 A.M. -- Yesterday we asked on Twitter for people to submit photos of creative ways to spell out "BOB." Here are some of the pics that we received:
11:50 A.M. -- Read tonight's game day preview from @RobMixer RIGHT HERE
10:45 A.M. -- PIVITOL GAME IN EDMONTON: Good morning, Jackets fans from all around the world! As we fight for a playoff spot, a win tonight could put us a point out of 8th place. We have a lot to cover... check with us all day for videos, pictures, and commentary as we get you set for tonight's matchup at 9:30PM ET!