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Hawks shutout Blue Jackets 1-0

 

While Hollywood was celebrating its cinematic achievements, Chicago was celebrating another Blackhawks regulation victory. The win was not a masterpiece but, it was a win that garnered the Hawks two more points. It continued their incredible run of points and separation from the rest of the pack. Their record now goes to 15-0-3.

If this game were a movie, it could easily be called The Return of the Shutout Man. Corey Crawford was easily the best Hawk on the ice and turned in his second shutout of this abbreviated season. Crawford stopped all 28 shots that came his way. He did get support from his co-stars. 

Most noticeably on defense was Nik Hjalmarsson who c...

The best vs the worst: Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks

If the Blackhawks set a new league record on Friday night, why not extend the record a little further?

Sunday night's game will be a meeting of the best and the worst in the league. Columbus comes in to town on the tail end of a back-to-back, having lost to St. Louis 2-1 on Saturday night. The Blue Jackets are 5-11-2, having just 12 points to show for the season thus far. With Washington's win this weekend, Columbus fell to last place.

Despite CBJ's struggles, however, the team should never be fully discounted. In 10 of their 18 games, Columbus has lost by just one goal, and they've gone to the shootout twice. They have also on rare occasion sh...

Renovating with character in Columbus

The Columbus Blue Jackets made a major move last week in their attempt to revitalize a faltering organization. Vice President of hockey operations John Davidson hired Finnish Elite GM Jarmo Kekalainen. This move comes on the heels of the firing of former GM Scott Howson. Davidson and Kekalainen have a massive task in front of both of them with trying to turn this organization around and on a winning track. Both have indicated that this will take a lot of hard work and indeed it will. The good news for Columbus and the Blue Jackets organization is they will have three first round draft picks in the upcoming 2013 draft. They will have one of their own, one from the NY Rangers in the ...

Game Preview: Flames vs Columbus Blue Jackets

Life without Kiprusoff

That is the story of tonight’s game as the Flames head into Columbus to face the Blue Jackets for the first of three meetings this season. Both teams are looking up at everyone in the West as they sit in 14th (Columbus) and 15th (Calgary) in the conference.

Blackhawks beat Blue Jackets 3-2; extend winning streak to five

 

It wasn't their prettiest win of the season, but the Chicago Blackhawks played well enough to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 in a physical game on Saturday night. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford played another strong game en route to his fourth win of the season, stopping 24 shots on 26 attempts. Columbus started fast against their Central Division rival, controlling play for much of the first period as they outshot Chicago 8-1 over the first ten minutes. Their early tenacity was rewarded when Blue Jackets forward Mark Letestu opened the scoring at the tail end of their first power play on a mad scramble in front of the net. After a flurry of in-close sa...

Blackhawks Try for Five in Columbus

 

Game Preview- CHI @ CBJ

 

The Chicago Blackhawks look to continue their perfect season on Saturday, while the Columbus Blue Jackets are desperate to break a three-game losing streak.  

 

This is the first of four match-ups between Chicago and Columbus.  ...

The Minnesota Wild's Summer

As the summer draws to a close so too does the Minnesota Wild’s most exciting offseason in history. In addition to the well publicized Zach Parise, Ryan Suter Fourth of July signings, the Wild added needed depth in forwards Zenon Konopka and Torrey Mitchell. They also re-signed steady backup net minder Josh Harding to below market value.

The result has been a boost of optimism for a club that so desperately needed it.

All parties involved-ownership, management, players, and fans- watched as the team slowly came down from the high of a promising start for their franchise. In the Wild’s first ten seasons, they qualified for the postseason three times, won a divi...

Free Agency 2012: Philadelphia Flyers Sign Michael Leighton To 1-Year Deal

In their first move during the free agency period, the Philadelphia Flyers brought back a familiar face to fill their backup goaltender position, signing Michael Leighton to a 1-year, $900k contract. Leighton replaces Sergei Bobrovsky, who was traded from the Flyers to the Columbus Blue Jackets on June 22 in return for three draft picks.

Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Quick, and the mega deal

With the recent huge contracts signed by Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Quick, some pundits have started to speculate. They wonder whether or not this is good for any player, even if that player helped his team to a Stanley Cup and has a room full of hardware.

Most fans would like to think that their favorite team's coach, general manager, and owner are thinking long term and looking for consistency throughout the organization.

On the surface, these contracts show a couple of things. First and most obviously, it shows the club is looking to lock up one of their most valuable assets.

Secondly, it shows the player is committed to staying with the organization and become on...

Ryan Murray Selected by Columbus Blue Jackets with the 2nd overall pick

 

The Columbus Blue Jackets selected defenseman Ryan Murray with the 2012 NHL Draft's second overall pick.

Murray is a two-defender known for his cerebral approach to the game. The 18-year old is lauded as a natural born leader and is projected by many as a potential future captain at the NHL level.

He stands at six-feet tall and is pushing 200 pounds but has a calm skating motion that allows him to remain stabilized in the defensive zone and frustrate attackers.

His fluid style allows him to be a presence in the offensive zone as well even though he isn’t an offensive defenseman by nature. The presence of a high-hockey IQ allows him to contribute on...