GAME BLOG: Blue Jackets at Predators

Thursday, 04.04.2013 / 6:30 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today
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11:47 P.M. -- POST GAME:

Marian Gaborik

Matt Calvert

Todd Richards


JACKETS WIN 3-2!!!


10:21 P.M. -- Music for your ears (CLICK NAME TO LISTEN)

Marian Gaborik's first goal as a Blue Jacket | Calvert's goal in the third



10:14 P.M. -- Marian Gaborik's first goal as a Blue Jacket.



10:05 P.M. -- WATCH: James Wisniewski's first period PPG




9:40 P.M. -- SECOND PERIOD ANALYSIS: So far, it's taken Bobrovsky laying on his back without a goalie stick for the Predators to break through tonight. It's a 1-1 tie through 40 minutes at Bridgestone Arena and Nashville has a 28-20 edge in shots on goal, but the second period was a good one for the Blue Jackets. They took advantage of a user-friendly 4-on-3 power play thanks to Wisniewski's laser from the point and played solid defensively in the middle frame.


9:32 P.M. -- LISTEN: James Wisniewski's 1st period PPG

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INSTANT ANALYSIS


9:23 P.M. -- QUICK UPDATE: We're tied 1-1 midway through the second period and the Predators have just tied it up 1-1. James Wisniewski opened the scoring with a 4-on-3 PPG - a rocket one-timer - and Nashville's Kevin Klein chopped in a loose puck to tie the game a few minutes later. This has been a fiery, competitive hockey game tonight.




8:45 P.M. -- FIRST PERIOD ANALYSIS: While they had to withstand a flurry from Nashville to open the game, the Blue Jackets really settled in after the first five or six minutes and, as we expected, Gaborik has been a scoring threat on each shift so far. He was positioned on the half-wall of the Blue Jackets' No. 1 power play unit and they created several chances. We're scoreless through 20 minutes at Bridgestone Arena and Columbus had the better of the chances in the second half othe first period.


8:43 P.M. -- End of the 1st. CBJ 0, Predators 0





8:33 P.M. -- QUICK UPDATE: The Predators started this game with a flurry and were out-shooting the Jackets 7-1 in the first three minutes of the game, but Columbus has settled into a bit of a rhythm. Brilliant analysis from me: Marian Gaborik is fast.


8:03 P.M. -- Here. We. GO!

LET'S GO JACKETS


7:50 P.M. -- First pic of Gaborik on the ice


7:35 P.M. -- Gaborik takes the ice in Nashville!


5:05 P.M. -- Planning for dinner? Don't. Come out to the Buffalo Wild Wings in Gahanna for another one of our #CBJBWW Social Media events! Our popular #CBJSocial Station is going on the road tonight to watch Gaborik's first game as a Jacket, but more importantly, a crucial game in the march to the playoffs.

Anywho, you'll have the chance to WIN CBJ prizes like an autographed Jack Johnson jersey (yeah, pretty sweet...).


4:22 P.M. -- Goaltending coach Ian Clark previews tonight's game with McElligott.


3:43 P.M. -- Coach Richards talks to media about tonight's challenge.


3:34 P.M. -- Michael Leighton's first video interview as a Blue Jacket.


3:17 P.M. -- Marian Gaborik's first video interview as a Blue Jacket.


2:59 P.M. -- Comeau ready to contribute in Jackets' playoff push

What began as a standard Wednesday afternoon lunch with a few teammates quickly turned into a new opportunity for Blake Comeau.

Hanging around after a morning practice in Calgary, Comeau was exchanging text messages with his agent about when they could meet up when the team came through Colorado next week. With Comeau's contract due to expire at the end of the season and the prospect of unrestricted free agency looming, he was looking to get a head start and begin planning.

Instead, his agent soon replied that things were changing in short order.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THE STORY



2:33 P.M. -- Post-morning skate interviews (CLICK NAME TO LISTEN) with head coach Todd Richards, newly acquired goalie Michael Leighton, and president of hockey operations John Davidson.


2:23 P.M. -- CLICK HERE to LISTEN to the first interview with Marian Gaborik!


2:18 P.M. -- In case you were wondering...(and we know you were)





1:23 P.M. -- Gabby during this morning's media scrum,


1:00 P.M. --


12:40 P.M. -- Marian Gaborik's first morning skate with the #CBJ!



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11:35 A.M. -- Gaborik Arrives!


11:14 A.M. -- ENTER TO WIN!

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9:00 A.M. -- GAME DAY PREVIEW: Tonight's huge game in Nashville got a whole lot more interesting with a flurry of activity at yesterday's trade deadline. Both the Blue Jackets and Predators made significant moves, with Nashville sending Martin Erat (who always plays well against Columbus) to the Capitals in exchange for highly-regarded prospect Filip Forsberg.

Get the complete scoop on this Central Division clash by reading the game preview right here.


8:00 A.M. -- WELCOME, GABBY! Not only did the Blue Jackets add a bonafide, dynamic player in Gaborik, but they did so without expending any of their three first-round draft picks in the 2013 draft.

Gaborik, a three-time NHL All-Star and a player who has scored 30-plus goals seven times during his career, brings an instant upgrade to the Jackets' offense. Read all about it by clicking here.


7:00 A.M. -- BIG TILT TONIGHT: How's everyone doing this morning? Some kind of exciting day we had at Nationwide Arena yesterday with the Blue Jackets making headlines at the NHL trade deadline. Acquiring Marian Gaborik in a seven-piece deal from the New York Rangers, getting a backup goaltender from the Flyers in a trade for Steve Mason and adding forward depth with Blake Comeau from Calgary...it's safe to say John Davidson and Jarmo Kekalainen checked the items off their shopping list.

Gaborik was met in New York by Davidson yesterday and the two flew to Nashville via private plane to meet the team. The Slovak sniper is expected in the Blue Jackets lineup tonight at Bridgestone Arena and he'll be sporting his familiar No. 10, which was graciously yielded by Mark Letestu.

Before we get this blog really fired up today, let's re-live a pretty sweet moment from a few weeks back when the Jackets and Predators met in Columbus

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