John Tortorella - the best personalized free web-based Email en en John Tortorella Penguins eliminate Blue Jackets with 5-2 win in Game 5 PITTSBURGH (AP) — The puck fluttered into the net and the Columbus Blue Jackets thrust their arms into the air, certain they had tied the Pittsburgh Penguins early in the third period of Game 5 of their first-round playoff series. One problem. They weren't the only ones with their arms up. When an official waved off the goal and called Alex Wenneberg for ... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 03:21:00 GMT 2017-04-21T03:21:00Z Crosby, Penguins edge Blue Jackets 4-1 for 2-0 series lead PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Sullivan's decision to throw together Sidney Crosby, Conor Sheary and Jake Guentzel was two parts pragmatism and one part experimentation. The Pittsburgh Penguins were banged up in mid-March and needed a spark. So Sullivan put the best player in the game alongside a couple of 20-somethings who make up for in energy and intelligence what they lack in pe... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 02:55:00 GMT 2017-04-15T02:55:00Z Fleury makes late start, Penguins rush by Blue Jackets 3-1 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury spent the regular season saying all the right things — and just as importantly, doing all the right things — while watching Matt Murray take his job. It wasn't easy. Yet the goalie with more wins than any other in the history of the Pittsburgh Penguins handled the demotion with grace. Never complaining about playing time and doing his best... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 03:30:00 GMT 2017-04-13T03:30:00Z Penguins begin title defense against untested Blue Jackets PITTSBURGH (AP) — Forget about past history and playoff experience. The Pittsburgh Penguins insist those things won't matter when the puck drops on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first-round series against Columbus Blue Jackets. So what if the Penguins have twice as many Stanley Cups (four) as the Blue Jackets have postseason wins (two)? Sure, it look... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 20:14:00 GMT 2017-04-11T20:14:00Z Capitals favored to come out of East, but it won't be easy Armed with playoff experience and facing a first-round opponent lacking it, the NHL-best Washington Capitals are again favored to come out of the East. Of course, it won't be easy. Beyond the Capitals being in this position before and continually falling short, the path through the Metropolitan Division and rest of the Eastern Conference is a minefield. To reach the conferen... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:05:00 GMT 2017-04-10T22:05:00Z NHL playoffs open Wednesday with five series starting A look at the NHL playoffs that begin Wednesday: WHO'S PLAYING EAST: The NHL-leading Washington Capitals face the Toronto Maple Leafs and the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins have home-ice advantage against the rival Columbus Blue Jackets on the Metropolitan Division side. On the Atlantic side, the ... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 04:49:00 GMT 2017-04-10T04:49:00Z Many NHL teams struggle with aftermath of winning streaks Bruce Boudreau knows a thing or two about winning streaks. He coached Washington's 14-game run in 2010, Anaheim's 11-gamer last season and Minnesota Wild's 12-gamer in December. A hockey savant behind the bench, Boudreau sees a winning streak as a bell curve — and the end isn't pretty. "At the end of a winning streak, you're usually not... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:14:00 GMT 2017-03-15T13:14:00Z Bobrovsky gets 3rd straight shutout as Jackets blank Devs COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With All-Star Sergei Bobrovsky in the net, a team can get away with some not-so-energetic play from time to time. Bobrovsky made 33 saves for his third consecutive shutout and the Columbus Blue Jackets handed the New Jersey Devils their eighth straight loss with a 2-0 victory on Tuesday night. Columbus did it despite being outshot and o... Wed, 08 Mar 2017 05:16:00 GMT 2017-03-08T05:16:00Z With Tortorella's dog ailing, Gretzky becomes All-Star coach LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Columbus coach John Tortorella had to drop out of the NHL All-Star weekend to take care of his ailing dog, the league turned to the Great One to replace him. Wayne Gretzky will coach the Metropolitan Division team in the All-Star Game on Sunday as a last-minute fill-in for Tortorella. "When he told me you're goin... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 00:48:00 GMT 2017-01-29T00:48:00Z NHL All-Star Game rules force tough omissions on rosters LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NHL All-Star Game's 3-on-3, four-team tournament format put an intriguing spin on a staid exercise when it was introduced last season. The format also essentially guaranteed a few glaring snubs when the All-Star teams are chosen. All four teams must have six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies apiece from e... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:32:00 GMT 2017-01-11T07:32:00Z NHL announces full All-Star Game rosters LOS ANGELES (AP) — The rosters for the NHL All-Star Game are brimming with top-shelf talent, though they lack an unusual fan-picked favorite like John Scott. Rookies Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine were among the 40 players selected Tuesday for the NHL's 62nd midseason showcase at Staples Center. The Chicago Blackhawks led the league with four players selected for the All-S... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:38:00 GMT 2017-01-10T20:38:00Z Rangers rally for 5-4 win over Blue Jackets COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For the first 40 minutes Saturday night, the Columbus Blue Jackets looked like the team that piled up 16 straight wins during one impressive streak. Then the third period started, and the Blue Jackets looked like the team that got pounded by Washington in its previous game. Michael Grabner scored o... Sun, 08 Jan 2017 04:21:00 GMT 2017-01-08T04:21:00Z Streak over, Blue Jackets turn attention to staying on top Even before the Columbus Blue Jackets' winning streak ended, coach John Tortorella wondered what would happen next. How would a team that hadn't lost in five weeks handle the aftermath? After giving his players a welcome day off following a clunker of a 5-0 loss to the Washington Capitals that ended the streak at 16, Tortorella will soon find out. The Blue Jackets host the N... Fri, 06 Jan 2017 22:44:00 GMT 2017-01-06T22:44:00Z Capped off: Blue Jackets' streak snapped at 16 in Washington WASHINGTON (AP) — John Tortorella broke from his usual routine after the Columbus Blue Jackets' streak-breaking clunker on Thursday night. He felt he had to. Tortorella walked into the visiting locker room and told his players he was proud of them, even after the Jackets lost 5-0 to the Washington Capitals, ending a 16-game winning streak. Columbus fell one victory shy of th... Fri, 06 Jan 2017 04:57:00 GMT 2017-01-06T04:57:00Z Columbus Blue Jackets could tie NHL record with 17th win COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Coach John Tortorella hates talking about it, but the Blue Jackets' improbable 16-game winning streak has Columbus and the NHL buzzing. A win on Thursday night in Washington will tie Columbus with the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins of Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr for the longest streak in league history. The team's surprising success and the streak have ... Wed, 04 Jan 2017 21:14:00 GMT 2017-01-04T21:14:00Z Blue Jackets extend streak to 16 games, within 1 of record COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Blue Jackets were winding down another dominant victory when the near-sellout crowd at Nationwide Arena began to chant. "We want 16! We want 16!" Columbus delivered, and now it will try to tie an NHL record on Thursday night. Cam Atkinson and William Karlsson scored power-play goals and Colum... Wed, 04 Jan 2017 03:43:00 GMT 2017-01-04T03:43:00Z Jackets reach 15 in row with 4-2 win, stop Wild streak at 12 ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets pushed their party into the new year, stretching their winning streak to 15 straight games. This victory was one of the most impressive yet. Cam Atkinson scored twice to help the Blue Jackets move their streak within two wins of the NHL record and stop Minnesota's 12-game run with a 4-2 victory over the Wild on Saturday night.... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 03:07:00 GMT 2017-01-01T03:07:00Z Blue Jackets win 14th straight, on to historic game vs. Wild WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets are among the hottest teams ever in the NHL. Now, they'll make history in their next game just by showing up. Alexander Wennberg had two goals and Brandon Saad also scored, helping Columbus beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-3 on Thursday night to extend its franchise-record winning streak to 14 games. ... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 06:00:00 GMT 2016-12-30T06:00:00Z 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 pairin... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 14:06:00 GMT 2016-12-28T14:06:00Z 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-leadi... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 03:53:00 GMT 2016-12-28T03:53:00Z Blue Jackets beat Canadiens 2-1 for 12th win in a row COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets gave their fans quite a gift two days before Christmas — a 12-game winning streak and the best record in the NHL. Columbus defeated the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 on Friday night to maintain the best record in the NHL and improve to 23-5-4 — its best start in franchise history. The Blue Jackets have not lost since Nov. 26. ... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 04:48:00 GMT 2016-12-24T04:48:00Z Blue streak: Jackets rout Penguins 7-1 to take Metro lead COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Some of the high energy seemed to be sucked out of Nationwide Arena when Sidney Crosby scored for Pittsburgh less than 3 minutes into the game against Columbus. But the Penguins wouldn't find the net again for the rest of the night as the surging Blue Jackets rallied for a blowout win. Scott Hartnell had his ninth career hat trick an... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 03:39:00 GMT 2016-12-23T03:39:00Z Marquee rivals: From Crosby and Ovechkin to McDavid and who? No matter where the Edmonton Oilers travel, captain Connor McDavid is confronted by the same questions and comparisons to the opposing team's star. In Buffalo, it's Jack Eichel, who was selected second in the 2015 draft behind McDavid. In Toronto, it's Auston Matthews, the No. 1 pick last June. In Pittsburgh, it's Sidney Crosby, the obv... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 15:27:00 GMT 2016-12-21T15:27:00Z Atkinson, Blue Jackets win franchise-record 10th straight COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets are the hottest team in the NHL, and now they get a chance to step atop the league's most competitive division. Cam Atkinson had two goals and scored in the shootout, helping Columbus beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Tuesday night for their franchise-record 10th straight victory. Curtis M... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 04:16:00 GMT 2016-12-21T04:16:00Z 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. ... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 01:46:00 GMT 2016-12-19T01:46:00Z Blue Jackets get eighth straight win, 4-1 over Flames CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets and their emerging rookie defenseman are enjoying this breakout season. Sam Gagner got his fifth goal in five games, Zach Werenski continued his impressive rookie season with two assists and the Blue Jackets beat the Calgary Flames 4-1 on Friday night for their eighth straight win. The s... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 06:11:00 GMT 2016-12-17T06:11:00Z Blue Jackets make it 7 straight wins, beat Oilers 3-1 EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets started slowly. The way they finished was all that mattered, though. Sam Gagner had a goal and an assist, and the streaking Blue Jackets won their seventh straight game by beating the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 on Tuesday night. "I thought the team took a little while to get going. But once we... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 06:33:00 GMT 2016-12-14T06:33:00Z Jackets get franchise-record 60 shots, beat Coyotes in SO PHOENIX (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets led 13 seconds in and then poured on a flurry of shots — and still needed a late rally and shootout to beat Mike Smith and the Arizona Coyotes. Columbus pummeled Smith with a franchise-record 60 shots, Alexander Wennberg scored with 2:16 left in the third period and the Blue Jackets beat the Coyotes 3-2 in a shootout Saturday night. ... Sun, 04 Dec 2016 06:36:00 GMT 2016-12-04T06:36:00Z