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Thomas Townsend's Archive

Playoff Bob 2.0

May 1, 2019 - 12:41 AM ET

Six wins, 1 loss. 1.88 GAA. .937 Sv%. More highlight saves than all other goalies in the playoffs combined. It's hard to argue that the Blue Jackets success isn't directly linked to how Bobrovsky has played during these playoff games. And are we even sure that BOS scored in Game 3? Initially waived...

Deciding Game 4? And is CAR going to Sweep?

May 2, 2019 - 9:40 AM ET

Can Game 4 be a 'deciding-game'? It has a chance to be. Stick with me here. While Game 4 cannot end the series it has the potential to decide how the rest of the series will go. Teams in this playoff season with a 2-1 lead have not always used it to their advantage. In round one Nashville, Vegas...

Boston Turns the Tables

May 3, 2019 - 9:04 AM ET

Columbus has been winning playoff hockey games by controlling the play and shutting down the opponents stars. Their forecheck has been relentless, they check, created turnovers, forced teams into ill-advised penalties and most importantly cash in on their opportunities. Superior goaltending has also...

Back to Basics

May 4, 2019 - 12:34 PM ET

As fans it is easy to get caught up in the 'this is the most important game in Blue Jackets history' hype. It's great to be excited for a game, it's also great that Columbus is playing meaningful hockey on May 4th. Torts will have the players focused on the task at hand and not listening to all the...

Crazy 3rd Period...Jackets Fall in the End

May 5, 2019 - 10:14 AM ET

Through all of Game 4 and the first period and a half of Game 5 the Jackets looked lethargic, lack-luster and tired. Where has the intensity gone? There was a stretch of four straight periods in which the Jackets hadn't scored. It looked as if they had given up. Krejci's change up, knuckle ball...

Is this The End?

May 6, 2019 - 12:47 PM ET

The Columbus Blue Jackets have never won a Game 6. Their record in elimination games is 1-4 (1-3 at home). Below are the results of those elimination games: Lost 6-5, Game 4, 2009, Detroit, Home Lost 4-3, Game 6, 2014, Pittsburgh, Home Won 5-4, Game 4, 2017, Pittsburgh, Home Lost 5-2, Game 5,...

CBJ Got Screwed By the Refs!

May 8, 2019 - 4:27 PM ET

CBJ Got Screwed By the Refs! The wound is still raw. Three games in a row were dropped by the Jackets in their exit from the 2019 playoffs. But to hang the series loss on one call or even to argue that refereeing changed after Game 3 is not valid in the least. Should McAvoy have been ejected...

Bob For Sale

May 13, 2019 - 10:55 AM ET

This is what $2.9M can buy you in Columbus: It is also what has signaled to the Union Blue faithful that they will be cheering a new goaltender next season. The Blue Jackets franchise goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has put is downtown condo up for sale. He could just be looking to buy a house in the...

CBJ Must Re-Sign Ryan Murray

May 15, 2019 - 4:28 PM ET

In response to Bobrovsky putting his downtown condo up for sale the Blue Jackets signed Merzlikins today. It was a 1-year one-way NHL contract but other terms were not disclosed. Let's also be reasonable, this was not a direct response to Bob's condo going on the market. Merzlikins was going to get...

Video Review IS a Joke

May 16, 2019 - 3:49 PM ET

There was a time not so long ago that the referee's call was final. All the time, without them needing to be second guessed by video that clearly showed they missed a call. Fortunately for everyone we have video camera's everywhere watching everything and there is no longer the need for referees to...

Scott Hartnell wants to Referee!?!

May 18, 2019 - 1:06 PM ET

From a guy who played 1249 NHL games and amassed 1809 penalty minutes to NHL referee. I have a lot of respect for all referees and linesman but if I get enough retweet’s I might try out to be one!— Scott Hartnell (@Hartsy43) May 18, 2019 Makes for a good story, a great headline an...

Can CBJ re-sign Duchene?

May 20, 2019 - 11:43 AM ET

Matt Duchene has a decision to make. Where will he spend the formidable years of his NHL career? He has bounced from COL to OTT and now to CBJ. His stats have been relatively consistent, scoring between 40 and 70 points each season. While that is a wide range of points, it has been rare that he has...

Needs in Columbus

May 22, 2019 - 4:02 PM ET

Columbus Blue Jackets are a team with a young core, veteran leadership, and a top level scorer, who are constantly underrated. In short they are the perpetual underdog. Columbus is not a traditional hockey market and a hard place to entice free agents to sign. The biggest names who have played here...