GAME BLOG: Blue Jackets at Blues
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FINAL: St. Louis 3, CBJ 1
11:30 P.M. -- GOAL HIGHLIGHT: Watch Artem Anisimov's second-period goal tonight at St. Louis:
St. Louis clearly content to dump the puck and squeeze time off the clock with a 2-1 lead. I think the #CBJ have at least one push left.— Rob Mixer (@RobMixer) April 6, 2013
10:15 P.M. -- QUICK UPDATE: The non-goal call on Calvet is the story thus far in the third period, but the Jackets are still looking for the equalizer. St. Louis looks rather content to get the puck deep and milk the clock, and with 9:21 left, Columbus needs a big push to tie it up.
10:10 -- OK, so we thought Cam Atkinson scored to tied it up, but then it was called off because of "incidental contact with the goaltender." Yep...
9:54 P.M. -- The final battle (of the game). The 3rd period is underway. LET'S GO JACKETS!
9:45 P.M. -- SECOND PERIOD ANALYSIS: Well, we asked for something to happen...and those wishes were granted. The Blues and Blue Jackets combined for three goals in a four minute span to close out the second period, and the Blues hold a 2-1 edge through 40 minutes at Scottrade Center. Chris Stewart and David Backes have the goals for St. Louis while Artem Anisimov had a slick goal for Columbus, sneaking a sharp-angle shot through Allen's five hole to tie the game. Big third period ahead, folks.
9:43 P.M. -- End of the second. Blues 2, CBJ 1.
9:39 P.M. -- Ok...Artem Anisimov scored late in the second, then 9 seconds later the Blues go ahead 2-1...Yeah, really.
9:35 P.M. -- Score update:
No. 1-0, #Blues.— NHL Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) April 6, 2013
The Jackets' best chance of the period comes from Nick Foligno right between the dots, but Allen stands tall and eats it up. #CBJBWW— Rob Mixer (@RobMixer) April 6, 2013
9:20 P.M. -- QUICK UPDATE: Though it's still a scoreless tie in St. Louis, both teams have generated some quality looks in the past few minutes. Allen's been solid in goal for the Blues while Bobrovsky has held serve for Columbus.
Hitch will not have nice things to say about his team's powerplay units after the game. #CBJ— Stinger (@CBJStinger) April 6, 2013
9:05 P.M. -- The second period is underway. Stay tuned...
8:46 P.M. -- FIRST PERIOD ANALYSIS: Would you expect anything different in a game between the Blues and Blue Jackets? Columbus made it through the first 10 minutes - always a key when playing a tough road building like Scottrade Center - and we're scoreless through one period of play. There were some skirmishes near the end of the period and things got a little testy, and that's exactly what you want to see during meaningful games in April. We'll see a lot more of it as this game moves along, you can count on that.
Congrats to #CBJ D Adrian Aucoin, who's playing in career game No. 1,200 tonight!— NHL Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) April 6, 2013
8:22 P.M. -- QUICK UPDATE: It's been a fast-paced start in the first 10 minutes at Scottrade Center with both clubs getting an opportunity on the power play. Jake Allen and Sergei Bobrovsky haven't been overly tested yet, but the intensity is off the charts on both sides.
8:18 -- In-game news...
8:04 P.M. -- Use #CBJBWW when tweeting during the game tonight.
With Cody Goloubef scratched tonight, appears as if #CBJ will go with the same six defensemen as last night in Nashville.— Rob Mixer (@RobMixer) April 5, 2013
5:45 P.M. -- After missing the previous game day preview with illness, Blue Jackets assistant coach Dan Hinote makes his triumphant return to break down tonight's game with Bobby Mac. Here it is, in all its glory:
5:40 P.M. -- Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards held his usual meeting with the media today in St. Louis, and JacketsTV was there to catch it all:
5:30 P.M. -- Nick Foligno took a few minutes to chat with the media before tonight's game. Watch the full interview on Jackets TV:
5:00 P.M. -- Brandon Dubinsky met up with Bob McElligott at the team hotel and talked about tonight's game against the Blues. Check it out here on Jackets TV:
4:19 P.M. -- One of tonight's awesome #CBJBWW prizes is a signed R.J. Umberger stick. Join the Battle with us TONIGHT at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Mount Vernon. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
3:48 P.M. -- And there's this.
3:21 P.M. -- Nick Foligno pregame interview (CLICK NAME TO LISTEN)
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12:58 P.M. -- LISTEN to pregame interviews! (CLICK NAME TO LISTEN)
1:03 P.M. -- Overheard with Jeff Rimer
Another #CBJ debut tonight. Blake Comeau arrived here in St Louis last night and will likely see 4th line duty with 55 and 24— Jeff Rimer (@jrimercbj) April 5, 2013
#CBJ Coach Todd Richards likes the make up of his top 3 lines and won't tinker with them. Great chemistry was visible on all 3 last night— Jeff Rimer (@jrimercbj) April 5, 2013
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9:32 A.M. -- Emergency Recall From Springfield
The Columbus Blue Jackets today announced that defenseman Cody Goloubef has been added to the roster on emergency recall from the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.
So excited for the @bluejacketsnhl game tonight!! Is it 8 o'clock yet???- h— FS Ohio Girls (@FSOhio_Girls) April 5, 2013
9:18 A.M. -- Download and save today's game day poster featuring Matt Calvert
9:11 A.M. -- CBJ broadcaster Bob McElligott reports from St. Louis that this morning's skate is optional.
9:30 A.M. -- Our #CBJSocial Station is going on the road again tonight in Mount Vernon, at Buffalo Wild Wings, for another #CBJBWW Social Media event. WIN prizes, and hang with your social media buds!
During last night's #CBJBWW event in Gahanna, we gave away an autographed Jack Johnson jersey!
8:30 A.M. -- TODAY'S GAME PREVIEW: Haaaaave we mentioned that there's a big game in St. Louis tonight? Breathing down each other's necks in the Western Conference standings, the Jackets and Blues jockey for all-important playoff positioning tonight at Scottrade Center.
Rob Mixer has the complete breakdown of this Central Division match-up in the Game Day Preview. Read it by clicking here.
7:30 A.M. -- BIG WIN IN MUSIC CITY: A clutch goal from the newest Blue Jacket, another strong effort from BOBROVSKY! between the pipes, and two points in the bag as the team travels to St. Louis.
Get the full scoop on last night's win with the Post Game recap by clicking here.
6:30 A.M. -- BACK TO BACK: Welcome to Columbus, Marian Gaborik! The Blue Jackets got quite the debut from their trade deadline acquisition last night in Nashville, with Gaborik notching the game-winning goal in the third period off a nice pass from Brandon Dubinsky.
With the win, Columbus improved its record to 16-14-7 on the season and pulled into a points tie (39) with Edmonton and one point behind St. Louis -- the Blue Jackets' opponent tonight at Scottrade Center.
Every game is huge this time of the year, but as the coaches will say, the biggest next is always the next game. There's a lot on the line tonight and both clubs know that, which leads us to believe we're in for quite the hockey game when 8 p.m. rolls around.
You want highlights of last night's game? Of course you do, so here they are: