GAME BLOG: Blue Jackets at Avalanche

Monday, 04.15.2013 / 6:30 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today
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1:10 A.M. PLAYOFF CHASE CONTINUES! -- Check out the latest in the Playoff Chase after all of tonight's games have finished up.

TWEET OF THE NIGHT


Blake Comeau, Todd Richards, Nick Foligno, and R.J. Umberger post game interviews (CLICK NAMES TO LISTEN)


12:00 A.M. RELIVE THE WINNER! -- Here's the highlight of Nick Foligno's overtime game-winning goal against the Avalanche:
11:40 P.M. MORE HIGHLIGHTS! -- Watch highlights of Blake Comeau's first goal as a Blue Jacket and R.J. Umberger's late game-tying goal in the third:
11:37 P.M. -- CBJ 4, COL 3 (OT)!: The Blue Jackets beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 in overtime on Nick Foligno's goal to continue the push in the playoff chase! Columbus is now even in points at 47 with Detroit, which currently holds the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with tiebreakers.

11:10 P.M. -- MID PERIOD UPDATE:
The teams have traded goals here in the final period. Blake Comeau's first goal as a Jacket gave them a 2-1 lead early in the third, but a bizarre sequence at the other end resulted in McLeod's second of the night minutes later. It's a 2-2 game.

10:55 P.M. LETESTU STRIKES! --
Watch the highlight of Mark Letestu's second-period goal for the Blue Jackets tonight:
10:34 P.M. -- SECOND PERIOD ANALYSIS: It's been turbulent at times but the Blue Jackets are in good position entering the third period at Pepsi Center. Mark Letestu answered a second-period goal from Colorado's Cody McLeod to make this a 1-1 tie through 40 minutes, but the biggest juncture was a double-minor penalty kill by Columbus late in the period. Marian Gaborik was caught for high-sticking in the offensive zone and it gave the Avalanche a huge chance to take the lead, but the Jackets' best energy of the game came in that four-minute penalty kill.

9:42 P.M. -- FIRST PERIOD ANALYSIS:
The opening 20 minutes were probably bit too wide-open for Todd Richards' liking, but the Blue Jackets had some good energy in the first period. It's a scoreless tie at the Pepsi Center and both clubs had some good opportunities, with the Jackets getting two high-end chances that narrowly missed finding the back of the net. It was a good first from the Prospal-Letestu-Gaborik line, which had some speed off the rush and spent time in the Avs' zone on pretty much every shift.

9:23 P.M. -- MID PERIOD UPDATE: Th
e chances are being traded back and forth in a free-flowing first period in Denver. The Dubinsky line in particular has been skating very well in the early going for Columbus...

6:27 P.M. MORE GAME DAY VIDEOS -
Watch interviews with R.J. Umberger, head coach Todd Richards and our Game Day Preview on Jackets TV:

4:32 P.M. -- Bob McElligott has more audio from this morning in Colorado. (CLICK NAME TO LISTEN)

R.J. Umberger | Todd Richards | James Wisniewski


4:08 P.M. WIZ INTERVIEW - Check out this interview with Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski and Bob McElligott before tonight's game on Jackets TV:




2:23 P.M. -- Update...


1:51 P.M. -- FULL LINES AND PAIRS: Here's the expected CBJ lineup tonight in Denver...

Prospal-Letestu-Gaborik
Calvert-Dubinsky-Atkinson
Umberger-Johansen-Foligno
Gillies-MacKenzie-Boll

Tyutin-Johnson
Wisniewski-Aucoin
Nikitin-Prout


1:47 P.M. -- CBJ LINEUP NOTES: Per Jeff Rimer in Denver, the Blue Jackets will be without the services of Artem Anisimov tonight after taking a hit to the head from Charlie Coyle in Minnesota. Colton Gillies goes back into the lineup and will play on the fourth line. Sergei Bobrovsky starts in goal.


1:31 P.M. -- Listen to Boone Jenner's GWG in last night's Springfield Falcons game.

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1:27 P.M. -- Bob McElligott has audio from this morning in Colorado. (CLICK NAME TO LISTEN)

Joe Sacco | Paranteau


TWEET FROM THE STREET


12:03 P.M. -- Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky Named National Hockey League's First Star for the Week Ending April 14

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11:45 A.M. -- MARCH TO THE PLAYOFFS!!!

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11:28 A.M. -- (NHL.com) Sergei Bobrovsky Sizzling for Columbus

The Columbus Blue Jackets have been looking for a top-flight goaltender since entering the NHL in 2000. In Sergei Bobrovsky, they may have finally filled that need.

Bobrovsky's goaltending has been the biggest factor in the Blue Jackets' late push toward a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He led Columbus to a perfect 3-0-0 showing last week by allowing only three goals despite facing 103 shots -- and that doesn't count the two shootout stops he made in Saturday's 3-2 road win against the Minnesota Wild.

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9:00 A.M. -- NHL 14 Official Trailer -- Are you ready for this?


8:30 A.M. -- GAME DAY PREVIEW:
Rob Mixer previews the showdown in Denver tonight with our BlueJackets.com game day preview. Get the scoop on tonight's game by clicking here.


7:30 A.M. -- RE-LIVE THE SHOOTOUT: It was a thrilling shootout win over the Wild and the Jackets got big saves from Bob, as well as two sweet goals from Letestu and Atkinson. Check out the full highlight...


6:30 A.M. -- GOOD MORNING, FRIENDS! We're ready for game day and are firing this baby up at the crack of dawn. The Blue Jackets, fresh off a shootout win in Minnesota on Saturday night, flew straight to Denver from St. Paul and had the day off yesterday in the Mile High City. It was a needed day off, too, as the Jackets have played four games in six days and are in the midst of a crucial six-game road trip.

The Avalanche stunned the Canucks on Saturday, scoring with 7.8 seconds left to win 4-3 on home ice. Columbus will have its hands full with a young, skilled team tonight that loves to use its transition game for offense.

Stay tuned to the blog all day long for the latest morning skate updates, photos, playoff chase news and so much more. The game day blog is THE place for CBJ news!

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