Blue Jackets sign Zach Werenski to 3-year extension
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed star defenseman Zach Werenski to a three-year, $15 million contract extension.
Werenski was a restricted free agent, and one of...
Blue Jackets stun Lightning with 3rd-period comeback
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Seth Jones scored the go-ahead goal on the power play to cap Columbus' three-goal third period, and the Blue Jackets rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in Game 1 of the...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets rebounded from a dismal start to stun the team that had the NHL's best regular-season record.
Seth Jones scored the go-ahead goal on the power...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Artemi Panarin and Seth Jones were gassed, unable to get off the ice during overtime after weathering a push by Philadelphia that ended with a slick save from Sergei...
Vasilevskiy, Point help Lightning beat Blue Jackets 4-0
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Andrei Vasilevskiy played like an All-Star after becoming one.
Vasilevskiy made 31 saves, Brayden Point had two goals and an assist, and the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0 on Tuesday night.
The Vezina Trophy finalist last season was named before the game to replace Montreal's Carey Price in the All-Star Game.
Jones’ overtime goal sends Blue Jackets past Panthers 4-3
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — It didn't take long for Columbus defenseman Seth Jones to go on offense.
Jones scored 18 seconds into overtime and the Blue Jackets defeated the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Saturday night.
Jones' overtime goal was his seventh, the most regular-season overtime goals among defensemen since the 2013-14 season, tying him with Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
Foligno, Bobrovsky lift Blue Jackets over Golden Knights 1-0
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nick Foligno had a feeling one goal might be enough.
Foligno scored 40 seconds into the third period, Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Vegas Golden Knights 1-0 on Monday night.
Foligno found the rebound after Seth Jones' shot and knocked it past goalie Malcolm Subban for the only goal in a tight, high-energy game.
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."
Foligno scores 2 goals, Blue Jackets top Sharks 4-1
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — There are easier ways to start a West Coast road trip than against the perennial Pacific Division power San Jose Sharks in their notoriously loud arena.
That assignment was just fine with Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno.
"A team that comes out so hard at you, so you have to be in that mindset," he said.
The Blue Jackets' mindset was right on point Thursday night.
Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones will miss 4-6 weeks
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones will be sidelined four to six weeks with a knee injury.
The team says the 23-year-old Jones sprained his knee during the second period of Tuesday night's preseason game against Buffalo. An MRI on Wednesday revealed the sprain.
It's a huge blow for the Blue Jackets, with Jones' defensive line mate Zach Werenski recovering from a shoulder injury and defenseman Ryan Murray also hampered by an injury.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus Blue Jackets defensemen Zach Werenski had surgery on a shoulder injury that has bothered him since early last season.
The team says full recovery is expected to take five to six months. General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen says Werenski will be ready "by the start of the season or shortly thereafter."
The 20-year-old Werenski had the procedure on Thursday in Columbus.
Capitals’ third period penalties prove costly against Blue Jackets
Andre Burakovsky raised his stick in frustration, motioning to slam it on the ice before stopping himself midway through the act. The Capitals forward had just gotten called for a crucial tripping penalty an unnecessary one, at that.
Penalties proved to be the difference maker in the Capitals' 4-3 overtime loss Thursday to the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1.
Washington committed three penalties in the third period alone, leading to two goals that tied the game on each occasion.
Capitals will need to contain Werenski-Jones pairing in first round
ARLINGTON, Va. Few NHL blueliners scored more goals than Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson this season. Just seven, in fact, had more than Carlson's 15, but two of them play for the Capitals' first-round opponents in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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.
Blue Jackets shut out Panthers 4-0 for 10th straight win
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Short winning streaks are nothing to the Columbus Blue Jackets. They like getting victories in bunches.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 33 shots for his fifth shutout of the season, Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist, and the Blue Jackets shut out the Florida Panthers 4-0 on Thursday night for their 10th straight win.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Just three games back after an injury that sidelined him for nearly a month, Markus Nutivaara played in place of injured star Seth Jones on the power-play unit. His second-period goal ended up being the game-winner for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Nutivaara scored his first goal since Jan. 23, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 23 shots, and the surging Blue Jackets outlasted the Ottawa Senators 2-1 Saturday night for their season-high seventh straight win.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Blue Jackets only had Seth Jones for two periods. It turned out to be more than enough.
Jones was the driving force behind two first-period power-play goals, and Columbus won its fifth straight, 5-2 over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets are starting to look in front of them to see who they can catch.
Only a week ago, Columbus was simply aiming at hanging onto the final Eastern Conference wild-card playoff spot and hoping some teams behind in the standings would help out.
Blue Jackets score early and often, beat Capitals 5-1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hours after the trade deadline, the Columbus Blue Jackets had the kind of first-period offensive explosion they've been missing this season.
The Blue Jackets scored four times in the opening period and went on to beat the Washington Capitals 5-1 on Monday night. One of the goals in that flurry came from Mark Letestu, who was acquired in a trade on Sunday.
Canucks rally in the second period to beat Blue Jackets 5-2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Blue Jackets are limping into their five-day break after another surprising loss to one of the NHL's worst teams.
Sven Baertschi sparked a four-goal second period for Vancouver, Jacob Markstrom had 27 saves and the Canucks rallied to beat Columbus 5-2 on Friday night.
DuBois’ 1st shootout goal lifts Blue Jackets over Flyers 2-1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Pierre-Luc DuBois had not scored a shootout goal in his entire career.
Until he got to the NHL.
DuBois scored his first shootout goal on his first attempt, lifting the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 2-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.
It was Columbus' 11th consecutive home victory over Philadelphia dating to 2008. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 30 shots for his 20th win.
Letang gets winning goal in shootout, Pens top Blue Jackets
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan doesn't want to see Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang drop the gloves every game.
But a frustrating first two periods led to a breakout third and a shootout victory.
Letang scored the deciding goal in the shootout, and the Penguins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Thursday night.
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.
DeBrusk has goal, 2 assists as Bruins beat Blue Jackets 7-2
BOSTON (AP) — Led by their young players, the Boston Bruins put up their highest scoring game of the season.
Rookie Jake DeBrusk set up second-period power-play goals by David Backes and fellow rookie Charlie McAvoy and added a goal of his own, Tuukka Rask stopped 16 shots to keep up his hot stretch, and the Bruins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-2 on Monday night.
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.
Panarin gets 1st goal, Blue Jackets rally to top Rangers 3-1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With his first goal as a Blue Jacket, Artemi Panarin showed exactly why Columbus traded for the elite forward over the summer.
Panarin snaked through a group of defenders and scored a tiebreaking goal in the third period, lifting the Blue Jackets over the New York Rangers 3-1 on Friday night.
Crosby vs. McDavid is hot debate for best player in hockey
When Connor McDavid stepped on the ice for his first NHL training camp, Taylor Hall already knew hockey's "Next One" was the best player out there.
When Sidney Crosby stayed on the ice late after practice, Marc-Andre Fleury saw the best player in the world constantly looking to improve.
Wereknski a key to Blue Jackets and not just the blue line
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
LAST SEASON: 50-24-8, third in Metropolitan Division. Eliminated by Pittsburgh in first round of playoffs.
COACH: John Tortorella, third year, 84-57-16.
ADDED: LW Artemi Panarin.
LOST: C William Karlsson, C Sam Gagner, LW Scott Hartnell, LW Brandon Saad.
Rest of NHL aims to prevent Penguins Stanley Cup three-peat
Each time Seth Jones felt like the Columbus Blue Jackets were dominating, the Pittsburgh Penguins went down the ice and scored. The series was over fast.
T.J. Oshie knows the feeling because the Penguins did it to the Washington Capitals often during playoff series the past two years.
"It kind of deflates what we're doing and it's hard to trust your game after that," Oshie said.
Hockey organizations unveil ‘Declaration of Principles’
NEW YORK (AP) — Seventeen hockey organizations teamed up to unveil a "Declaration of Principles" that NHL players hope will boost the game at all levels, particularly among young children and the parents who decide what sports to have them play.
When Seth Jones entered the NHL, coach Barry Trotz saw a player not intimidated by pressure or expectations.
The son of former NBA power forward Popeye Jones, already a No. 1 defenseman in his fourth season, is now about to face the biggest challenge of his career. In a couple of weeks, Jones and 19-year-old Columbus Blue Jackets defense partner Zach Werenski will go up against opponents' top players in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
MONTREAL (AP) — Max Pacioretty thought he had the winning goal in overtime. Instead, the Montreal Canadiens captain gave it to a teammate a few minutes later.
Alex Galchenyuk scored in overtime for the second straight night, Carey Price made 26 saves and Montreal beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0 on Tuesday night to extend its winning streak to three games.
Foligno, Jenner lead Blue Jackets over Maple Leafs 5-2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nick Foligno and Boone Jenner each scored a goal, backup goalie Joonas Korpisalo made 31 saves and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Wednesday night.
Jones scores in OT to lift Blue Jackets over Red Wings
DETROIT (AP) — The young Columbus Blue Jackets, running among the NHL leaders for the first time, are learning lessons every day in the art of winning.
They passed another test Tuesday night, this one about not taking lesser teams lightly.
Seth Jones took a drop pass from Brandon Dubinsky and blasted a high slap shot behind goalie Petr Mrazek 3:22 into overtime and the Blue Jackets beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2.
Jones scores twice as Blue Jackets hold off Rangers, 6-4
NEW YORK (AP) — After taking a big lead early in the third period, the Columbus Blue Jackets relaxed a little, and it almost cost them a crucial division game.
Seth Jones scored twice, Alexander Wennberg had a goal and two assists and the Jackets led by six goals before holding on to beat the New York Rangers 6-4 on Tuesday night.
Foligno scores in OT as Blue Jackets beat Flyers 2-1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said he could tell his team, playing for the third time in four days, was running out of gas down the stretch, especially when Philadelphia scored with 17 seconds left to tie it.
However, Columbus had enough left to pull out the win in overtime.
Nick Foligno scored 2:33 into OT to lift the Blue Jackets to a 2-1 victory over the Flyers on Sunday night, their first since a 16-game winning streak ended with two straight losses.
Elite young defensemen adapting to NHL faster than ever
Zach Werenski and Ivan Provorov are the latest to put cracks in the time-tested theory that defensemen need a long time to develop.
The 19-year-old rookies quickly followed the lead of Seth Jones and 2015 Calder Trophy winner Aaron Ekblad in adapting more quickly to the NHL than elite defensemen of previous generations. Werenski plays on the Columbus Blue Jackets' top pairing alongside Jones and Provorov is already a No. 1 defenseman after making the Philadelphia Flyers out of training camp.
Blue Jackets push winning streak to 13 with win over Boston
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Even thoroughly outplaying the Blue Jackets isn't good enough to get a victory in Columbus right now.
Not with the way Sergei Bobrovsky and the NHL's most surprising Stanley Cup contender are clicking.
Bobrovsky had 37 saves, Nick Foligno scored a power-play goal midway through the third period and the league-leading Blue Jackets beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 to extend their winning streak to 13 games.
Jones leads Blue Jackets past Canucks in OT for 9th in a row
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets made John Tortorella sweat a little for his 500th NHL victory.
Columbus squandered leads of 2-0 and 3-2 in the third period before Seth Jones scored 46 seconds into overtime Sunday to lift the Blue Jacked to a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 for their ninth straight win.
Late barrage helps Blue Jackets beat Islanders 6-2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets won another game with a strong finish.
Jack Johnson, Cam Atkinson and Seth Jones each had a goal and an assist as the Blue Jackets beat the New York Islanders 6-2 for their sixth straight win.
Josh Anderson, Brandon Saad and Lukas Sedlak also scored for Columbus and Sergei Bobrovsky had 25 saves.
Blue Jackets rout NHL-leading Canadiens 10-0
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens were the last team in the NHL to lose a game in regulation this season — and they did it in historic fashion Friday night.
And the Columbus Blue Jackets made a little history of their own.
Cam Atkinson, Nick Foligno, Scott Hartnell and Josh Anderson each scored two goals as Columbus swamped Montreal 10-0, matching the biggest loss in the Canadiens' storied history and breaking the Blue Jackets' franchise record.
Blue Jackets rout NHL-leading Canadiens 10-0
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Cam Atkinson, Nick Foligno, Scott Hartnell and Josh Anderson each scored two goals and Columbus Blue Jackets broke their scoring record in a 10-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves, and Seth Jones and David Savard added goals to help the Blue Jackets improve to 5-3-1. Columbus' previous record offensive output in a game was eight goals.