GAME BLOG: Blue Jackets at Sharks

Sunday, 04.21.2013 / 6:30 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


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HIT REFRESH TO UPDATE

11:02 P.M. -- POST GAME INTERVIEWS (CLICK NAME TO LISTEN)

  • Mark Letestu
  • Ryan Johansen

  • 10:40 P.M. JOHANSEN GAME-WINNER -- Watch Ryan Johansen's game-winning goal late in the third period tonight at San Jose:

    PHOTO GALLERY

    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.



    ON TO THE SECOND...



    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.


    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.



    8:01 P.M. -- HERE WE GO! WATCH on FOX SPORTS Ohio, and LISTEN RIGHT HERE!



    2:40 P.M. -- TONIGHT'S LINEUP: Here is the expected Blue Jackets lineup for tonight's game at HP Pavilion...

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

    Tyutin-Johnson
    Aucoin-Erixon
    Wisniewski-Prout

    Bobrovsky


    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!

    MARK LETESTU

    VINNY PROSPAL

    TODD RICHARDS


    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.

    SCHEDULE

    HOME
    AWAY
    PROMOTIONAL

    STANDINGS

    EASTERN CONFERENCE
      TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
    1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
    2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
    3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
    4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
    5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
    6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
    7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
    8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
    9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
    10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
    11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
    12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
    13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
    14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
    15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
    16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

    STATS

    2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
    SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
    J. Johnson 1 1 1 0 2
    D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
    M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
    B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
    B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
    F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
    J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
    B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
    N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
    J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
     
    GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
    S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
     
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