Two of Columbus’ best and brightest snag CBJ scholarships

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Maldovan has certainly done that with his club team, acting as its captain this year and being part of the team when it won the state club championship in 2011 before participating in the USA Hockey Nationals, where the team made it into the quarterfinals. But hockey has been a part of Maldovan’s life since he was a tiny tot. “It worked out almost perfectly, I was in kindergarten and that was the CBJ’s first season; I went to the (inaugural) game and started hockey lessons shortly thereafter,” said Maldovan, who admitted his first love was baseball. But once he saw his first hockey game, he was hooked. And it was his beloved grandma, who passed away a few years ago, who kept his interest going as he grew up. “I had roller blades. And I used to go over to my grandma’s house and we’d play hockey in the basement using laundry baskets as goals. And we’d use cheap, wood badminton rackets for the sticks. She really didn’t know much about the game, but she would play with me.”  Both Maldovan and York were given the opportunity to attend the Blue Jacket’s season finale, where they were given a tour of the arena and had the chance to meet Matt Calvert. “That was the icing on the cake,” laughed Maldovan. “It was awesome. source: http://www.foxsportsohio.com/nhl/columbus-blue-jackets/story/Two-of-Columbus-best-and-brightest-snag-?blockID=898753

Blue Jackets win finale, but miss playoffs

But it still wasn’t good enough to get them into the playoffs. “It’s a disappointing, sinking feeling right now,” coach Todd Richards said. The Blue Jackets needed either Detroit or Minnesota to lose on the road on Saturday, but both won. Columbus tied the Wild for eighth place in the West, but were bumped out by a tiebreaker. A few thousand Blue Jackets fans stuck around after the game to watch the finish of the Wild game. They quietly headed for the exits when Minnesota’s 3-1 victory at Colorado was assured. Billed as the biggest regular-season game in franchise history, the Blue Jackets were shut out by Chris Mason before scoring three times in the third period to go 8-1-0 in their final nine – all with the specter of a playoff spot hanging over them. “It’s a small success,” center Mark Letestu said. “Everybody is disappointed in here. The playoffs have always been the goal.” Brandon Dubinsky tied it early in the third and Cam Atkinson added an empty-netter. Sergei Bobrovsky, a top contender for the Vezina Trophy given to the NHL’s top goaltender, made 19 stops. source: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/hockey/nhl/gameflash/2013/04/27/32283_recap.html

Columbus Blue Jackets: Cody Bass Becomes Mr. Clutch In AHL Playoffs

Springfield Falcons Cody Bass

Their AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, are still playing and currently have a 2-0 lead in their first-round series against the Manchester Monarchs ( Los Angeles Kings ). Cody Bass, who appeared in 14 games for the Blue Jackets last season, has scored the overtime game-winning goals in both of those games, and he is playing some of the best hockey of his career at the right time. Bass was an Ottawa Senators draft pick in 2005, and appeared in 34 games over four seasons. The Blue Jackets signed Bass for the 2011-12 season, and he split time between the Blue Jackets and Falcons while battling a shoulder injury. He had one assist in his 14 games with Columbus, and is currently on a one-year two-way deal. In 18 regular season games with the Falcons, Bass scored two goals and had seven points. The fact that he has now matched his goal total in the playoffs certainly isn’t hurting his chances of getting a new contract, be it with the Blue Jackets or a different team. The Falcons can close out their first-round series with a win on Thursday night. The team also features top prospects David Savard, Dalton Prout, Nick Drazenovic and Ryan Johansen. All four of those players saw time with the Blue Jackets this season, and the postseason experience should only help their development as they try to become impact players in the future. Bass is only the third player in AHL history to score overtime game-winning goals in consecutive games. Jonathan Katje is an NHL senior writer for Rant Sports. source: http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/2013/05/02/columbus-blue-jackets-cody-bass-becomes-mr-clutch-in-ahl-playoffs/

Columbus Blue Jackets Followed Movie Script Without Hollywood Ending

“There’s pride and disappointment all wrapped up together,” Coach Todd Richards told the Coshocton Tribune . “I’m real proud of the team: the way they played, where we were at, where we were able to get to. But there’s a huge disappointment that we came up one point short. It takes a lot of the flair out of the good things you were able to do.” This must sting especially painful for the Blue Jackets given that this tiny margin for a postseason berth came in a lockout-shortened season. If only there was more time. Regardless, it was a promising year for Columbus that had the trajectory of your formulaic sports movie — that is, right up until the end. The Blue Jackets entered 2013 as complete underdogs that were not expected to make the postseason let alone escape the conference. The team has never finished higher than third in its division, so give them the check in the classic underdog box. They started disastrously, winning two of their first eight, before rallying at the end to win eight of nine. Check under the Hollywood comeback box. source: http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/2013/05/01/columbus-blue-jackets-followed-movie-script-without-hollywood-ending/

Blue Jackets rally by Preds, fall short of postseason bid

Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is a big part of Columbus

They quietly headed for the exits when Minnesota’s 3-1 victory at Colorado was assured. Billed as the biggest regular-season game in franchise history, the Blue Jackets were shut out by Chris Mason before scoring three times in the third period to go 8-1-0 in their final nine — all with the specter of a playoff spot hanging over them. “It’s a small success,” center Mark Letestu said. “Everybody is disappointed in here. The playoffs have always been the goal.” Brandon Dubinsky tied it early in the third and Cam Atkinson added an empty-netter. Sergei Bobrovsky , a top contender for the Vezina Trophy given to the NHL’s top goaltender, made 19 stops. “I hope Bob finds a way to get the Vezina because he deserves it,” Dubinsky said. “He was our rock back there and kept us in each and every game.” Atkinson helped set up the decisive goal by playing keep-away with the puck before feeding Johnson at the left goal line. Johnson skated in and backhanded a centering pass that appeared to go in off the stick of Mason, who had been brilliant all night. It set off a wild celebration before a capacity crowd, which stood and cheered for most of the final period. Atkinson credited a clip from the football film “Any Given Sunday” that was played early in the third period. It features a stirring and inspirational locker room speech by the character played by Al Pacino. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/gametracker/recap/NHL_20130427_NSH@CLB/blue-jackets-rally-by-preds-fall-short-of-postseason-bid

 

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