GAME BLOG: Blue Jackets at Sharks
11:02 P.M. -- POST GAME INTERVIEWS (CLICK NAME TO LISTEN)
10:40 P.M. JOHANSEN GAME-WINNER -- Watch Ryan Johansen's game-winning goal late in the third period tonight at San Jose:
Ryan Johansen gives the #CBJ a late 4-3 lead with the biggest goal of his NHL career.— Rob Mixer (@RobMixer) April 22, 2013
PPG for Joe Pavelski and we're tied up 3-3. #CBJ— Rob Mixer (@RobMixer) April 22, 2013
Won't be denied this time. Desjardins beats everyone standing still and makes it 3-2. #CBJ— Rob Mixer (@RobMixer) April 22, 2013
THE THIRD IS UNDERWAY. LET'S GO JACKETS!!!
10:09 P.M. -- MID PERIOD UPDATE: A goal from Andrew Desjardins (and a pretty one, at that) has the Sharks within a goal with just over 10 minutes to play in the third period. Columbus hasn't spent much time in the offensive zone to this point.
9:53 P.M. HIGHLIGHTS -- Check out highlights of the Blue Jackets goals so far tonight:
9:36 P.M. -- SECOND PERIOD ANALYSIS: The Prospal-Letestu-Gaborik line has led the way offensively for the Blue Jackets, who have a 3-1 lead through 40 minutes at HP Pavilion in San Jose. Letestu has factored in all three goals for Columbus thus far (two goals, assist) and Prospal scored a sweet breakaway goal early in the period to make it a 2-0 game. Columbus has done some solid defensive work, as well, but Bobrovsky has made some very good saves to bail them out when called upon.
9:18 P.M. -- MID PERIOD UPDATE: Vinny Prospal's breakaway goal (off a slick feed from Letestu) made it 2-0 Jackets early in the second period, but Martin Havlat answered with a goal of his own to cut the lead in half. Both teams skating well and working hard below the icing line.
Great feed from below the goal line, and Marty Havlat makes it 2-1 game. #CBJ— Rob Mixer (@RobMixer) April 22, 2013
Blake Comeau hasn't missed a beat on the Dubinsky line. That trio has been buzzing all night long for Columbus. #CBJ— Rob Mixer (@RobMixer) April 22, 2013
ON TO THE SECOND...
Bob for president. #ivoted— Saundrine Lanouette (@slanouette33) April 22, 2013
8:44 P.M. -- FIRST PERIOD ANALYSIS: All in all, you have to like the period the Blue Jackets put together to start off this hockey game. San Jose out-shot them by a 13-7 margin but Mark Letestu's 11th of the season has Columbus ahead 1-0. Jack Johnson made a great read and jumped up into the play to make Letestu's goal happen, sending a perfect pass across the crease for Letestu to tap the puck behind Antti Niemi. Sergei Bobrovsky made a handful of strong saves and the Blue Jackets were sturdy in front of him, limiting time and space for the Sharks' big forwards in the offensive zone.
#CBJ on the board first. Terrific play from Jack Johnson across the paint to Mark Letestu.— Rob Mixer (@RobMixer) April 22, 2013
8:22 P.M. -- MID PERIOD UPDATE: A good start for the visitors. The Jackets have matched every bit of the intensity shown by their opponent tonight and have come up with some quality shifts in the Sharks' zone. Bobrovsky has been solid so far and all four lines are into the action for Todd Richards' group.
Exactly what #CBJ were looking for on the opening shift. Johansen's line sets the tempo with a couple of early looks.— Rob Mixer (@RobMixer) April 22, 2013
8:01 P.M. -- HERE WE GO! WATCH on FOX SPORTS Ohio, and LISTEN RIGHT HERE!
#CBJ scratches tonight - Nikitin, Calvert, Anisimov (all injured) and Savard.— Todd Sharrock (@ToddSharrock) April 21, 2013
2:40 P.M. -- TONIGHT'S LINEUP: Here is the expected Blue Jackets lineup for tonight's game at HP Pavilion...
2:00 P.M. GAME DAY INTERVIEWS -- Check out our Game Day Preview and interviews with Todd Richards, Vinny Prospal and Mark Letestu on Jackets TV:
1:10 P.M. -- NHL 14 COVER VOTE: As a reminder, our friends at EA Sports are giving YOU the chance once again to vote for this year's NHL 14 cover athlete. The Blue Jackets have two contenders - Sergei BOBROVSKY and Brandon Dubinsky - and you can vote at our dedicated web page or on Twitter.
Twitter votes are worth double, so make sure you tag your tweets with #NHL14Bobrovsky or #NHL14Dubinsky on Thursdays between midnight and 11:59 p.m.
Check out this awesome trailer...
11:55 A.M. -- PRE GAME AUDIO: Bob McElligott brings you today's player interviews and a chat with coach Todd Richards about tonight's game vs. the Sharks. Click on the file name below to listen to the interview!
11:00 A.M. -- BATTLE TO THE PLAYOFFS: The Western Conference playoff race is an ever-changing situation but we've broken it down for you on BlueJackets.com. Check out our "Battle to the Playoffs" page for the latest on points, ROW, and more!
9:00 A.M. -- GAME DAY PREVIEW: Rob Mixer of BlueJackets.com goes in-depth to preview tonight's game, looking at match-ups, the playoff race and key injuries that might play a part. Get the complete scoop on the game by clicking here.
7:30 A.M. -- GETTING RESULTS: Dan Rosen, senior writer for NHL.com, caught up with CBJ president of hockey operations John Davidson and talked about the Jackets' season so far. JD touches on a variety of topics, including team defense, goaltending and expectations going forward.
Check out the story by clicking here.
6:30 A.M. -- GAME DAY SUNDAY: Anything better than a beautiful Sunday morning *and* knowing it's a Blue Jackets game day? You'd be hard-pressed to find it, so we're here to get you prepped for a humongous game tonight at HP Pavilion, or "the Shark Tank," as the kids call it.
Tonight's game is the third of three this season between the Sharks and Blue Jackets, and if you need caught up, the first two were convincing wins for Columbus.
Highlights? You betcha.