Blue Jackets 4, Islanders 0 — Three PPGs Power Columbus

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Kevin Schultz

The Columbus Blue Jackets, sitting in the final Eastern Conference playoff spot, looked hungry to solidify their playoff chances and took advantage against 11 Islander rookies. Given six power plays, Columbus made half of them count en route to a shutout on their home ice. They notched three power play goals in their first four opportunities, and the Islanders weren’t able to answer.  

With the loss, the Islanders Tank keeps pace with the Calgary Flames’ Tank as the Isles hold the fourth position in the draft lottery. Both teams have 73 points in 78 games with the Islanders holding the tiebreaker of fewer ROW wins (regulation and overtime wins). The Florida Panthers are in third with 64 points and with three games to go, it’s not possible for them to pass the Islanders. 

In the first period, Columbus got started scoring early only about four and a half minutes in. With Johan Sundstrom in the box, Boone Jenner was able to put in a rebound on the powerplay as both Jenner and Mark Letestu crashed Anders Nilsson’s crease. At the 6:50 mark of the period, Jack Johnson fired a slapper from the top of the right circle that beat Nilsson to put the Jackets up 2-0. The second period was a similar story with Columbus finding two more goals, one at even strength from Letestu and one power play marker from Ryan Murray.

Towards the end of the period Matt Carkner started what would be a string of encounters with the Blue Jackets. Carkner, Matt Martin, RJ Umberger and James Wisniewski got tangled up with all four players getting roughing penalties. Carkner would get an extra roughing penatly, which led to Murray’s goal late in the period.

In the third, the Jackets and Carkner were back at it challenging each other. Early on, 5-foot-11 Matt Calvert decided to try and take on Carkner and it did not work (via SBNation):

Later on there was an actual fight, as Jared Boll came after Carkner who was just taking on everyone at this point.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qlMqzLeyLc

And that would be about it. Neither team found the scoresheet in the third period and were about even in shots. The Islanders finish up the season with four games this week. Their next stop is the home finale on Tuesday night at the Coliseum against the Ottawa Senators.

Meanwhile… Today at the Coliseum the NYPD and NYFD charity hockey game turned into a bench clearing brawl.




69 comments
mrcisback
mrcisback

                          I would make Winnipeg one offer for Evander Kane on draft day. Maybe they take it maybe they don't. Josh Bailey, Anders Lee, and a switch of the 2014 1st round picks. Say the 4th overall for the 7th,8th or 9th overall. The more i think about it the more i don't want to trade Ryan Strome or Brock Nelson period. I think John Tavares will turn around any bad attitude problems Kane might have. Once Kane meets Tavares and knows he'll be playing on a line with JT and Okposo i'm sure all of his attitude problems will fade away. If Winnipeg turns that offer down i'd make the same offer to Aniheim for there young goaltender Anderson. Remenber Aniheim has Ottawa's 1st round pick this year.

willymayshays
willymayshays

-Frans is simply underrated.   Another goal (24!) Sat, and was denied by some great goaltending last night after creating some very good chances.

-Lee's skating is not good enough, and when he tries to keep up, he can really look out of control.  Hopefully he can improve his skating this off season, because I really like the other aspects of his game.

-Cizi is playing better lately, he is a good role player,IMO, but his role requires him to be good on the faceoffs.   Which is something that needs to dramatically improve. 


-I don't think Nelson is going to be a big goal scorer, but he has a very nice well rounded game and Strome is looking much better of late.  Actually looking like he is on the verge of disproving some of the doubters. 


-de Haan, how much was he missed last night?  (what ever you think,  think bigger)  He has been great and we should all hope his injury was minor.


-Watching Sergei bobrovsky  last night makes you wish we had a capable goalie.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

anyone have anything on mayfield debut? i didnt get to see the game, but figured he would have at least been mentioned somewhere. 

spo7
spo7

What will be the conclusion of this Wang regime ?

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

i always love going on hockeybuzz to see what ridiculous rumors they're making up.  this time, the isles will apparently be very active at the draft/before the draft in hopes to acquire the sedins.  what a joke. 

truth77
truth77

de Haan gets hurt they give up late goals again .Next Game cant move the puck up the Ice,Give up four Power Play Goals.   Now you no how good this Kid really is .Where is the update on him?How bad is his injury?

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Thanks for another great year, Chuckles!  You're one heck of an owner!

isles23
isles23

This game showed me yet again if we get better goaltender the D will in turn look much better. CBJ had break downs, a couple times especially giving the the Frans line a few golden chances, but 'Bob' made the big saves like good goalies do. Now he is an elite goalie atm but two years ago wasn't considered so. We need to find our Bob.

TonyM
TonyM

                           Edmonton acquired both Fasth and Scrivens, either would be an upgrade compared to what we have now in goal! If an upgrade in goal is not made, and Nabokov and Nilsson are brought back the Isles are throwing in the towel on next season! The problem lies not only in goal and on defense but also with the current crop of forwards. We have three legitimate top six forwards, JT, KO and Nielsen. Strome, Lee and Grabner are on the bubble. Everyone else is either a third or fourth line player! The coaching staff is terrible but will be back because their cheap! JT might want out of this disaster before we go too Bklyn! Right now this team is a "rudderless ship" and unless Wang sells things will only get worse!

cournoyer
cournoyer

Nilisson can't find the puck, wildly inconsistent and to think that Tampa  got Bishop for nothing

No way Reimer signs here . Would you? Somebody give Charles a check please

jepliberty
jepliberty

@mrcisback

Methinks you may have a valid, cogent point there my friend. That would be one of the best lines in the NHL, JT, KO, and EK, one word, WOW

since72
since72

@mrcisback That's one way to get Bailey to score 30 goals.  Trade him!  I think the Jets would do that in a heartbeat.  I wouldn't make that deal.  It just feels like too much to give up for a player who may end up a problem going forward.  We'd be selling Bailey on the low and I would rather keep Lee who looks like he could be a very good player. 

Regarding Anderson, there are goalies around.  I don't think we have to give up so much to get one. 

isles23
isles23

@willy. Great points all the way around. I agree I don't think Brock is gonna be a super goal scorer but 20+ a year is well with in reason. IMO a bigger version of Peca is his ceiling and I think we'd all sign up for that.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@willymayshays  anyone that is doubting strome is simply being unfair.  hes going to put on more weight and will adjust to the nhl level just like he has at every level hes ever played with.  god forbid it takes a little bit longer for a 20 year old kid to start tearing it up at the nhl level...

John Richards
John Richards

I would prefer him telling it to Pierre McGuire!! But I like the thought!!!

Don22
Don22

@Jason Zimmermann It's incredible that you find the time to come up with this and then actually write it. 

John Richards
John Richards

You mean Lena Dunham is our goalie coach?? No wonder our guys stink!!!

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@isles23  yeah but he is not going to just come to us, snow needs to actively pursue  a goalie this offseason, as everyone knows.  not sure there are too many options available but i would really love to see them make a trade for malcolm subban - thats literally nothing but my own hope but boston is set in net, not sure it would be that much of a reach to trade for him - also not sure what kind of return it would take - point is, snow really needs to make his best efforts in finding a goalie this offseason, and one that is young enough to stick around for a while. 

since72
since72

@cournoyer Reimer is an RFA next season. He has no choice but to sign wherever he is if he wants to play in the NHL. If someone where to offer sheet him, unlikely as it may be, the team which owns his rights would have the option to match the offer and Reimer is then here for the duration.

camb33
camb33

@cournoyer "Nilsson can't find the puck"......well Snow sure found him....snows really got an eye for talent

Don22
Don22

@mitchfritz @gleichzahlI felt the same way. And I have a number of friends on both sides. Not playing, but on the job.  Nothing like a nice charity game....

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

@mitchfritz @gleichzahl  and with all the breaks msg gets from the city, they have the nerve to ship this out to long island.  some of the crowd chants were good though.  :)

mrcisback
mrcisback

@since72   I disagree. We get to keep Frans Nielson,Grabner,Strome,Nelson and we get to keep our two most prized defensive prospects in Reinhart and Pulock. I make that deal in a heartbeat. You gotta give something up to get something and we still probably get Ritchie with the 7th or 8th pick. Thats a no brainer in my opinion.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@isles23  brock is a gamer. hes more of a straight forward player, hes not going to blow you away with his hands but hes definitely a solid player.  would love to get 20g 30a from him and i dont see that as being out of reach for him at all. 

justintime
justintime

@rmreturns @spo7Wang is an evil man, hopefully he will stop holding this franchise hostage and go far away soon.  


It's been 15 years almost of  incompetent ownership and management, the fans have  had to endure.


His legacy will go down as one of the worst owners of all time and both Milbury and Snow will probably rank in the bottom five of all time worse GM's....


It is really hard to get excited about these prospects you guys are talking about here with Wang/Snow still here.

They will never be good with them two here.

Only When both go away and are replaced by competent ownership/management, then we can get excited about the future and prospects.

Not a day before that.

GO AWAY WANG, you have punished the fans enough!!!!  

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

oh ok, 15 years late. posted 24 hours ago but 15 years late. gotcha. 

isles23
isles23

@slapshot. Oh I agree. Unfortunately Snow has shown he doesn't have the best eye for goalie talent. Subban would be fine by me but I used Bob as the perfect example of a guy that wasn't thought of as a top goalie two years ago that now most definitely is.

Don22
Don22

@since72 @cournoyerRight.  If the Isles are going to get Reimer - who may be an upgrade, but I don't think is the answer - they will most likely trade for his rights and then sign him to an offer sheet.  Kind of like with Clutterbuck. 


They might as well try - I don't think it would take much to get him.  But I wouldn't stop there either.

Don22
Don22

@since72 Yeah. Something smells funny with him up there.  I also read that he is being sued for an assault last summer.  I like Kane, but I just feel like there is more to it than we know.


since72
since72

This guy is trouble. Snow shipped Neiderreiter out because of his mouth. Kane will be worse and Snow won't touch him much less give up all that is being talked about here.

justintime
justintime

@mrcisback @Chris R@since72 I don't see Winnipeg taking that unless they  realy like Lee and think he can replace Kane by himself.


I do think they strongly consider it, if instead of swap of picks, we just give them our pick along with Lee and Bailey.


I can see the pick, Bailey and Pulock getting it done too.  Would be real tough to do, I don't think I do it.

mrcisback
mrcisback

@since72 @mrcisback   Evander Kane is one of the toughest players in the league. I seen him destroy a couple of players in hockey fights. No one will cheap shot Tavares any more. I'd like to keep Lee but if Winnipeg asks for 1 of 3 between Strome, Nelson or Lee i'd give up Lee. Lee might be a great scorer but i'll take the sure thing in Kane. Good conversation gotta run.

since72
since72

@mrcisback @since72 What do you think of Lee?   Every time I see him play he looks good.  I know these are meaningless games, but it's also not like he is on a line with JT and KO. 

Don22
Don22

@isles23 Seemed to roam around and chase a bit - at least early on. There was a few times in the d-zone where he was chasing guys past the face-off circle and leaving the front open. All in all though I thought he was OK.  He can make as many mistakes as he needs, just as long as he learns a little bit.

isles23
isles23

@slap. Yup never a bad guy to have in your organization

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@isles23  sounds like exactly what we need - way too often are our defenseman getting out worked in front of our own net and not clearing space to make it easier on our goalies.  

isles23
isles23

Impressed with his physical play. Unimpressed with his shot and puck moving. Definition of a crease clearing defensive Dman.

willymayshays
willymayshays

@Jason Zimmermann @Don22

Posting from some office space at work, I guess.

John Richards
John Richards

I'm trying to add a little humor to an otherwise dreary situation!! BTW this club will be in the same place next year!!

Don22
Don22

@Jeff Roland

Isles traded for Clutterbuck who was a RFA.  That gave the Isles first right to sign him.  If he signed elsewhere the Isles would get compensated  The Isles then signed Clutterbuck to a contract.  

Reimer is a RFA after this season.  If the Isles make a trade for him, how is that different?


If I am wrong, enlighten me instead of being a smartass. 

since72
since72

There are few feasible options in goal. Hiller and Miller will probably stay where they are. If not, they still are not coming here no matter how much they are offered. Halak will sign with someone who is closer to contending than the Isles. I suppose you could blow Elliott away with an offer. If not him, then we are down to Gustavsson and Reimer.

Nabby as a back up with any of the aforementioned would be fine with me if it can be accomplished.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@Don22 @since72 @cournoyer  id be a lot more comfortable with him in there than any of the kids we have now paired up with nabby. I just dont see the market for a goalie being that great for them this offseason unless they blow someone away with a contract offer - i could deal with reimer/nabby combo for next season given that the defense is much steadier next year, which is also not exactly a given.