COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets are one loss away from being eliminated from the playoffs by the Boston Bruins.
But Columbus coach John Tortorella said it's not going to...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets continue to journey deeper into uncharted territory with each win in these playoffs.
Among the franchise firsts so far: Winning a playoff...
Tortorella drives Blue Jackets into showdown with Bruins
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — John Tortorella was being battered on social media a month or so ago by doubters who thought his act had gotten stale in Columbus.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Through an odd, erratic season for the Columbus Blue Jackets, nobody has had a bumpier ride than star goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets didn't get discouraged after giving up the tying goal in the closing seconds of regulation.
They kept their focus and won in a shootout to clinch...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Trailing Montreal by two points in the standings, the Columbus Blue Jackets desperately needed a win over the Canadiens to keep their playoff hopes alive. A disappointing...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky picked up his second consecutive shutout as the Columbus Blue Jackets keep scrapping to get above the Eastern Division wild-card line.
Jenner’s hat trick powers Blue Jackets over Bruins 7-4
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Boone Jenner got off his sick bed and rung up his first career hat trick.
The Columbus center had a fever and missed his team's loss to the New York Islanders on...
Panarin powers Blue Jackets past Blackhawks 5-2
CHICAGO (AP) — Artemi Panarin had a big night against his former team, making the most of a little luck.
Panarin had two goals and an assist, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Saturday night for their fifth win in six games.
Pierre-Luc Dubois added a goal and an assist for Columbus, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 39 saves in his sixth straight start. Cam Atkinson and Josh Anderson also scored.
Jenner, Anderson lead Blue Jackets past Coyotes 4-2
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets got early production from their fourth line, then turned to that unit again in the third period for big minutes.
Boone Jenner and Josh Anderson each tallied a goal and an assist, and David Savard and fourth-line forward Lukas Sedlak also scored for Columbus in a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots as the Blue Jackets won their second straight after a five-game losing streak.
Predators beat Avalanche 4-1, Laviolette earns win No. 600
DENVER (AP) — Peter Laviolette and his goaltender had a lot in common — both were skillful in the art of deflecting.
In Laviolette's case, it was too much of the credit after earning victory No. 600 as an NHL coach.
"Tonight was a team win," the Predators coach said.
On a milestone Monday for Laviolette, goaltender Pekka Rinne stopped a penalty shot in making 35 saves and Nashville knocked off the reeling Colorado Avalanche 4-1.
‘Dinosaur’ defensemen like Orpik survive in NHL by adapting
When John Tortorella compares Brooks Orpik to a creature that went extinct 65 million years ago, he means it affectionately.
"He's a little bit of a dinosaur because he hits, and there isn't a lot of hitting in this game," Tortorella said.
Unspecified ‘incident’ benches Columbus goalie Bobrovsky
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will miss Thursday night's game because of an unspecified team "incident."
General manager Jarmo Kekalainen says in a statement that "there are certain expectations and values that we have established for our players that define our culture. An incident occurred in which Sergei failed to meet those expectations and values."
Blue Jackets surge late to beat reeling Senators 6-3
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus coach John Tortorella didn't want to talk much hockey after the Blue Jackets' wild New Year's Eve win over the Ottawa Senators.
Tortorella's mind was on Nick Foligno's 5-year-old daughter, Milana, who was born with a congenital heart defect and earlier Monday had a scheduled surgery in Boston.
Dubois, Blue Jackets beat Rangers 4-3 in OT for 5th straight
NEW YORK (AP) — After the New York Rangers squandered another late lead at home, goalie Henrik Lundqvist was at a loss for words.
Pierre-Luc Dubois scored 31 seconds into overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat New York 4-3 on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory.
Columbus tied the game with less than three minutes left in regulation, and the Rangers lost in extra time for the fifth time in their last six home games.
Seth Jones scores in OT to lift Blue Jackets over Flyers 4-3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — With his ailing coach suffering on the bench, Seth Jones put a quick end to overtime Thursday night.
Jones scored his second goal of the game 10 seconds into overtime to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3.
Columbus coach John Tortorella coached through flu-like symptoms and wore a hoodie over several layers of clothing on the bench. Assistant coach Brad Larsen said Tortorella "was shaking like a leaf."
Gaudreau has 4 points, Flames rally past Blue Jackets 9-6
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Johnny Gaudreau and the goal scorers on both sides had a fun, wild Tuesday night.
For Calgary goalie Mike Smith? Not so much.
"Not the way you draw it up," Smith said.
Gaudreau had two goals and two assists, and the Flames scored five goals in the second period to rally past the Columbus Blue Jackets 9-6.
"It's just one of those games," said Smith, who combined with Dave Rittich to stop 24 shots. "The chances were there and the pucks were finding a way to get in."
Blue Jackets start strong, end with 7-5 win over Red Wings
DETROIT (AP) — John Tortorella hopes his team learned a lesson.
Pierre-Luc Dubois scored two goals to help the Columbus Blue Jackets hold on for a 7-5 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.
The Blue Jackets led 3-0 after the first period and led by four goals early in the second. They started to coast and it almost cost them.
"Things are never safe in this league anymore," Tortorella said. "You have to stay within your system and you still have to check. It turned into a slop fest."
Atkinson’s hat trick leads Blue Jackets past Hurricanes 4-1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Cam Atkinson anchored a top line that caused the Carolina Hurricanes fits Saturday night as the Columbus Blue Jackets won 4-1 for their fifth victory in six games.
Atkinson scored three goals and assisted on another, and fellow winger Artemi Panarin assisted on all of Atkinson's goals. Columbus center Pierre-Luc Dubois added two assists as Atkinson stretched his goal-scoring streak to six games.
Dubois gets go-ahead goal, Blue Jackets beat Stars 2-1
DALLAS (AP) — Pierre-Luc Dubois thought he had a tiebreaking goal for Columbus in the third period before Dallas goalie Anton Khudobin came up with a big save. Seconds later, Dubois had another chance and made it count.
Dubois scored midway through the third period and the Blue Jackets beat the Stars 2-1 on Monday night.
"(Khudobin) made a really nice save. (You) hope you have it back," Dubois said.
Bobrovsky stands tall as Blue Jackets beat Stars 4-1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky has been going through a rough patch, but his performance against the Dallas Stars should go a long way toward pushing his confidence level back up.
Bobrovsky, a former Vezina Trophy winner in the last year of his contract with Columbus, was 3-6 this season and had been competing with backup Joonas Korpisalo for playing time as the inconsistent Blue Jackets struggled early.
Panarin’s overtime tally powers Blue Jackets over Sabres 5-4
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus coach John Tortorella had trouble explaining how his team could blow a two-goal lead in the third period Saturday night only to come back and win 31 seconds into overtime. Finally, he resorted to quoting Forrest Gump.
"It's a box of chocolates — you just never know what you're going to get from shift to shift at certain times," Tortorella said. "I guess that's just what the game is."
Atkinson’s late goal sends Blue Jackets past Panthers 5-4
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets overcame a shaky second period, scoring twice in the third and spoiling the home opener for the Florida Panthers.
Cam Atkinson's goal with 2:46 left lifted the Blue Jackets to a 5-4 victory over the Panthers on Thursday night.
With traffic in front of the net, Atkinson swept the puck past goalie James Reimer, who was flat on his back during the play. The Panthers challenged for goalie interference, but the goal stood.
Foligno scores twice as Blue Jackets beat Avalanche 5-2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Coach John Tortorella thought the Columbus Blue Jackets had run out of energy after taking a 2-0 lead in the first period and then allowing Colorado to climb back in the second to tie it.
Maybe, but they managed to find some more. The Blue Jackets regrouped, led by captain Nick Foligno, and ran away in the third period for a 5-2 win over the Avalanche on Tuesday night.
Hard luck Blue Jackets try to get over playoff hump
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
LAST SEASON: 45-30-7, 97 points. First wildcard in Eastern Division. Lost to Washington Capitals in first round of playoffs.
COACH: John Tortorella (fourth season, 18th NHL season.)
ADDED: F Anthony Duclair, F Riley Nash.
LOST: F Matt Calvert, F Thomas Vanek, D Ian Cole, D Jack Johnson.
Blue Jackets sign Tortorella to 2-year contract extension
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have given coach John Tortorella a two-year contract extension.
The team announced Wednesday that Tortorella, who has led the Blue Jackets to the playoffs in his first two full seasons, has been signed through the 2020-21 season. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
Barry Trotz, Capitals coach, denies report he told John Tortorella career was ending
After Thursday night's Game 1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz denied a report that he told Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella "I'm gone," referring to his coaching tenure in Washington.
Elliotte Friedman of the Canadian outlet Sportsnet sparked rumors about Trotz in an article he published Thursday afternoon. He showed a video of Trotz and Tortorella shaking hands after the Capitals knocked out Columbus in Game 6 of their series Monday.
Torts: Plenty of blame to go around in playoff collapse
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets played one more playoff game this season than last, but it's all the same to general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and coach John Tortorella. Not good enough.
And apparently there's plenty of blame to go around.
"Everybody has to give skin here, from the coaches right on through, as far as what happened," Tortorella said in his exit interview with reporters Thursday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In a season of broken records and firsts for the Columbus Blue Jackets, one of the most important eluded them again: winning a playoff series.
Blue Jackets, Maple Leafs go home facing elimination
A year after Mike Babcock told arena staffers in Washington he'd see them a few days later for Game 7, John Tortorella claimed his Blue Jackets would be back after winning Game 6 back in Columbus.
Now the trick is doing what Babcock's Toronto Maple Leafs couldn't last year: stave off elimination from the Capitals.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alexander Wennberg will return to the Columbus Blue Jackets' lineup for Game 5 at the Washington Capitals.
Coach John Tortorella confirmed his return about an hour before puck drop on Saturday. Wennberg was back after missing Games 2, 3 and 4 after a hit to the head from Washington's Tom Wilson. Tortorella says Wennberg replaces Sonny Milano in the lineup.
Being healthy in the playoffs is taking priority over seeding, with a few teams sitting their top players Saturday in the final game of the regular season.
MVP front-runner Taylor Hall will sit out the New Jersey Devils' regular-season finale after the team clinched a playoff spot but can still move up the standings.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins battled back to force overtime and picked up a win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, who still got the point they needed to clinch a playoff spot for the second straight season.
The Penguins answered every Columbus goal in regulation before Phil Kessel scored 1:06 into overtime to get the 5-4 victory in a tight game before an amped-up sellout crowd.
Korpisalo stops 37 shots as Columbus beats Vegas 4-1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus backup goalie Joonas Korpisalo had lost three straight starts since his last victory on Jan. 18. He found out Tuesday morning he'd be playing in place of a sick Sergei Bobrovsky against the Pacific Division-leading Vegas Golden Knights, and he turned in a gem.
The 23-year-old Finn stopped 37 shots, and the Blue Jackets beat Vegas 4-1 and hung onto the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.
Blue Jackets snap three-game skid on rare Harrington goal
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets needed their best player to step up with the playoffs starting to slip away, and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky didn't disappoint.
Bobrovsky stopped 30 shots and made a couple of big third-period saves to preserve the lead as the Blue Jackets snapped a three-game losing streak and ended the New Jersey Devils' four-game winning streak with a 2-1 decision on Tuesday night.
Injuries to key scorers thin out lines for Blue Jackets
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The winter has been cruel to the injury-riddled Columbus Blue Jackets.
Three of the team's top forwards and a defenseman went down in December, followed by another key forward this month. Coach John Tortorella has moved players around and patched together lines with help from the team's AHL affiliate in Cleveland. The lack of depth has been evident.
Anderson lifts Blue Jackets past Panthers in shootout
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Struggling to score goals and with several important offensive players sidelined, the Columbus Blue Jackets pulled out a gritty win — just the way coach John Tortorella wants his team to play.
Josh Anderson scored the deciding goal in the eighth round of the shootout, lifting the Blue Jackets to a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday night.
"That scratching, clawing, spitting, biting doing everything you can to win the game, we did it," Tortorella said.
Joonas Korpisalo, Blue Jackets beat Maple Leafs 4-2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Backup goaltender Joonas Korpisalo helped the Columbus Blue Jackets put a distressing loss at Boston behind them.
Returning home Wednesday night, Columbus topped the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2, with Korpisalo stopping 39 shots in one of his strongest games of the season.
Korpisalo played in just his eighth game, starting in place of Sergei Bobrovsky on the first night of a back-to-back.
Blue Jackets’ Brandon Dubinsky will miss games vs. Penguins with facial fracture
John Tortorella's squad will have one less pain-in-Sidney-Crosby's-butt in the lineup in two weeks.
The Columbus Blue Jackets announced Wednesday afternoon that forward Brandon Dubinsky, a longtime nemesis of Crosby and the Penguins, was placed on injured reserve and will be out six to eight weeks with a fractured orbital bone.
The Penguins have two game games against the Blue Jackets in the coming weeks — Dec. 21 and Dec. 27.
Anderson scores late in 3rd to lift Jackets over Ducks 4-2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella has been experimenting with line combinations all season. He's found some juice lately in the top line of Josh Anderson, Artemi Panarin and rookie Pierre-Luc Dubois.
Anderson scored late in the third period and added two assists in the Blue Jackets' 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night in a scrappy, penalty-filled game.
Anderson’s goal in OT gives Blue Jackets 1-0 win over Flames
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After missing training camp because of a contract dispute, Josh Anderson has performed at a consistently high level for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Anderson scored two minutes into overtime to give Columbus its fifth straight win, 1-0 over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.
Sergei Bobrovsky had 22 saves for Columbus in his third shutout this season and 22nd of his career. Mike Smith turned away 40 shots for Calgary.
Bobrovsky gets 21st shutout, Blue Jackets beat Rangers 2-0
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky made his typical batch of highlight-reel saves to help the Columbus Jackets shut out the potent New York Rangers.
Bobrovsky made 36 saves for his 21st career shutout and Zach Werenski and Artemi Panarin scored in the Blue Jackets' 2-0 victory over New York on Friday night.
Werenski scores in OT, Blue Jackets beat Canadiens 2-1
MONTREAL (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky made one big save without his stick, then turned away Montreal captain Max Pacioretty three times in a row. As far as Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella is concerned, that's why Columbus got two points on Tuesday night.
Bobrovsky made 28 saves, Zach Werenski scored 1:09 into overtime and the Blue Jackets beat the Canadiens 2-1.
Blue Jackets rally to beat Winnipeg 2-1 in overtime
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Josh Anderson saw Winnipeg goaltender Steve Mason lose his stick, and he fired away for the overtime winner.
Three-goal second period lifts Columbus over Buffalo, 5-1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — All it took was a little rest for the Columbus Blue Jackets to get back to their winning ways.
Seth Jones had a goal and an assist for Columbus to help the Blue Jackets, who had a three-day break between games, beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 on Wednesday night.
Serge Bobrovsky stopped 34 of 35 shots to lead Columbus (6-3-0) to its fifth win in its last seven games. Buffalo dropped to 3-6-2 in front of goalie Chad Johnson, who stopped 33 of 38 shots.
Detroit — It is not the easiest task or a pleasant experience.
But blocking shots in the NHL can frustrate even high-skilled and potent offensive attacks like the Lightning, Maple Leafs and Capitals, which are teams the Red Wings have faced this week.
A coach like the Blue Jackets' John Tortorella stresses shot blocking as a "natural part of defense."
Johnson helps Blue Jackets extend win streak to four
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets kept it simple according to their coach John Tortorella. They checked well and were rewarded with their fourth straight win of the young NHL season.
Milano nets 2nd goal in OT, Blue Jackets beat Hurricanes 2-1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Blue Jackets left wing Sonny Milano is definitely off on the right skate this season.
The 2014 first-round draft pick scored two goals Tuesday night, including the game-winner on a breakaway with 31 seconds left in overtime to give Columbus a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Newcomer Panarin, rookies help Columbus rout Islanders 5-0
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Artemi Panarin didn't need to score a goal to have a big impact in his first game for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Acquired in an offseason trade with the Chicago Blackhawks and touted as the elite scorer Columbus needs, Panarin had three assists and passed sharply in the Blue Jackets' 5-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.