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614Sports: CBJ on thin ice, remarkably unremarkable soccer kit

jimmy lentz

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Blue Jackets Will Need to Show Full Mettle Tonight

The CBJ have lost three games in a row.

“Oh, *enter choice phrase here*”

After four of the five games in the first-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals have gone into overtime, the Columbus Blue Jackets are on thin ice as Game 6 approaches at Nationwide Arena later today.

The Capitals took a 3-2 series lead this past Saturday afternoon in OT (the protocol), courtesy of a goal from #19 Nicklas Backstrom.

However, the back-and-forth nature of the game, which included multiple ties and lead changes, provides hope for Columbus fans after a lackluster performance in Game 4.

#11 Matt Calvert’s breakaway finish in the second period for his second goal of the game included a highlight-worthy spin move (of a certain kind) against Washington’s goalkeeper #70 Braden Holtby that was quite the feat to pull-off with the narrowest of windows to squeeze the puck in the net.

Responding to a question during his postgame interview, CBJ head coach John Tortorella said, “We’ll be back here for Game 7.”

Visualization is half the battle.

The Columbus Blue Jackets host the Washington Capitals tonight at Nationwide Arena at 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Ohio in a must-win Game 6 of the first-round in the NHL Eastern Conference playoffs.

Crew SC’s Parley at MAPFRE Stadium

Not that parley, but one involving a remarkably unremarkable soccer kit.

With chances to collect three points at home against the New England Revolution—including #28 Niko Hansen who slid into the Revolution’s net in the 42nd minute while dramatically missing the ball by mere inches, a #4 Jonathan Mensah header that hit the crossbar early into the second half and a deflection off a Revolution defender that hit the post in the final play of the match—Crew SC took one-point in the right direction.

And in this effort, #11 Gyasi Zardes revealed an important scoring tool in his utility belt by cutting inside from the left, creating just enough space from his defender to perfectly curl the ball into the far post in the 43rd minute from just inside New England’s 18. Having a forward who is comfortable scoring with a range of around 20 yards will pay offensive and creative dividends as the season progresses.

Plus, former Crew goalkeeper Brad Friedel and Crew defender Mike Lapper (New England Revolution head coach and assistant coach) returned to face their former club. The city could use their defensive skills to keep the Crew in Columbus.

P.S. I understand that Parley sponsored the white eco-friendly Adidas kits with black accents for this past weekend’s match for Columbus to celebrate Earth Day, but it seemed like a subtle move that could’ve been orchestrated by Crew SC owner/investor/operator and chairman/villain Anthony Precourt and MLS Commissioner Don Garber to publicly try to erase the Black & Gold legacy from the Columbus Crew.

#SaveTheCrew

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2 star Blue Jackets players say goodbye, fans react

Mitch Hooper

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The fears all season finally came to fruition for the Columbus Blue Jackets as star winger Artemi Panarin and star goalie Sergei Bobrovsky both signed to new teams on July 1, the first day of free agency in the NHL.

Panarin will be suiting up for the New York Rangers now as the highest paid winger in the league, reports ESPN. Bobrovsky took his talents to the Florida Panthers on a seven year contract, reports NHL.com. Additionally, center Matt Duchene signed with the Nashville Predators.

After the best playoff run in franchise history, both Panarin, affectionately known as The Bread Man, and Bobrovsky, Bob for short, took to social media to thank Columbus one last time before heading to their new squads.

Bob was the first of the day to announce his move.

"I decided to move on. I write my own story and today that’s my decision. I want to thank fans from the bottom of my heart for all support and excitement during my 7 years in CBJ. I want to thank city of Columbus. This city has been treating me and my family very well, no matter what."

https://www.instagram.com/p/BzYvWnQjX8Z/

Shortly after, Panarin announced his decision, too.

"I was very happy to play for Columbus. I hope you won't be too mad at me😉 You live only once."

https://www.instagram.com/p/BzZGtn0I14w/

And as always, fans had opinions. Some chose to focus on the good times we had. And, boy, were those times good.

https://twitter.com/TheNasher61/status/1145732884545855488
https://twitter.com/arnottky/status/1145831127137083392
https://twitter.com/hotspurjp/status/1145821295055134722

Others weren't as gentle. It's all apart of the healing process, Columbus. We'll get through this together. That being said, it seems like there's different emotions for Panarin's departure compared to Bob's.

Example for Panarin:

https://twitter.com/LucasLightle/status/1145857203401830400

Compared to Bob:

https://twitter.com/CBJAlex_lax/status/1145821585812668419

But in reality, this pretty much sums up all of yesterday for Jackets fans.

https://twitter.com/keepaofdabonez/status/1145827442113810433
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OP: Columbus is better than Boston, change my mind

Mitch Hooper

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I'm no hockey expert, but then again, I'm not ignorant to the sport. I'm aware of what boarding is, I know when an icing call should be made, and I can see a high stick from a mile away. C'mon, give me some credit, I'm a mid-20s-year-old boy who owns an X-Box—I've played NHL a time or two. I say all that to say this: Columbus is so much better than Boston.

Don't misconstrue my vast hockey knowledge with my bold statement. I'm not saying Columbus is better than Boston in the sense of athletes on the ice (although my 2013 franchise mode on NHL says Columbus is the best damn hockey team six years running), I'm saying our city is better. Our fans are better. Our beer is better. Have you ever actually enjoyed a Sam Adams lager? Hell no.

I understand I can't make these claims without backing them up, so I did some unbiased research and my results were incredible. If you aren't sitting down, you might want to now.

And as if that database of information wasn't persuasive enough, here's an entire press conference of unbiased sports experts carefully explaining their case.

It's compelling, I know.

The facts go even deeper. Have you ever seen a Bostonian on the moon? Or orbit the planet? Point one for John Glenn and Columbus. Neil Armstrong isn't from Columbus, but he's a tried and true Ohioan and that counts in our books. Half point to Columbus? We'll take it. All the numbers are adding up and it's clear as day: Columbus is better than Boston.

The Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Boston Bruins on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Boston. The game will be aired on NBCS.

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Twitter Reacts: CBJ sweep Lightning in historic win

Mike Thomas

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Last night, the Columbus Bluejackets finished their perfect sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning with an emphatic game four win in Nationwide arena. It was without question the single biggest win in franchise history, sending the Jackets to the second round of the playoffs for the first time ever. But of course, you already knew that.

For your consideration (and to soothe your post-celebration hangover/exhaustion) here's a roundup of some of the spiciest memes and reactions to the Jackets big win!

https://twitter.com/BlueJacketsNHL/status/1118331493229613062
https://twitter.com/SportzzTweetzz/status/1118330638124441601?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1118330638124441601&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sportsnet.ca%2Fhockey%2Fnhl%2Ftwitter-reaction-blue-jackets-eliminate-lightning-historic-sweep%2F
https://twitter.com/AzorcanGlobal/status/1118310586821910528
https://twitter.com/Blockaid1/status/1118340632127340545
https://twitter.com/AndrewBerkshire/status/1118326438237736963?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1118326438237736963&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sportsnet.ca%2Fhockey%2Fnhl%2Ftwitter-reaction-blue-jackets-eliminate-lightning-historic-sweep%2F
https://twitter.com/1stOhioBattery/status/1118346707044007936
https://twitter.com/BlueJacketsPR/status/1118330341964562432
https://twitter.com/1stOhioBattery/status/1118329858457833472
https://twitter.com/ColumbusGov/status/1118330600560025602
https://twitter.com/BlueJacketsNHL/status/1118342527244021761
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