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Watch: Blue Jackets fight their way to another loss

Feb 1, 2013, 12:53 AM EDT

It started bad, got worse and didn’t get much better for the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.

The Blue Jackets surrendered three goals in the opening 20 minutes and lost 4-1 to the visiting St. Louis Blues.

Blues 21-year-old rookie right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored again, making it five goals in his first seven NHL games. He put the Blues up on the Blue Jackets 3-0 late in the first period.

“Something has got to change,” Derek Dorsett told the The Columbus Dispatch. “Our first periods have been horrendous. We’ve been chasing from behind, and it mentally drains you, makes you a fragile group.”

The Blue Jackets are now 14th in the Western Conference standings, just two points up on the Calgary Flames.

Perhaps the one bright spot for Columbus was the four fights in the second period, although it’s difficult to give a clear decision to anyone of the Blue Jackets who dropped the gloves.

  1. eggserino - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Blues dominated in the first, then got sloppy. Luckily, the Blue Jackets haven’t figured out how to play together yet. So, when does that coach get fired? With the amount of talent on this team, there is no reason that this guy should still have a job. They have a good, young nucleus that, with the right coaching, should have success for years to come. Didn’t they have a Stanley Cup winning coach in their management team?

    Oh yeah, that was Hitchcock. Look at the Blues for a recipe for how to build a winner. They’ve got the young nucleus. Now they just need a leader worth his salt.

  2. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 1, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    They can always start cheering for Nate MacKinnon with the first overall pick.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      Howson doesn’t deserve the opportunity to draft a guy like McKinnon.

  3. leeo00 - Feb 1, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    of course the blues laid down after the first why wouldn’t they ,they have another game today against Detroit . why kill your legs if you don’t have too !

  4. east96st - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Wonder if John Davidson is regretting taking the job with Priest and Howson still in place yet? Poor guy will become another sacrificial lamb the Jackets will fire with the promise that the next guy up will “fix everything”.

  5. contraryguy - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    After the fights, saw Vinny Prospal step up to the ref as the lecture was delivered; and I noticed he had the ‘A’ on the sweater. There are no ‘C’s on the Jackets roster, are there? The front office can be (and should be) blamed for many sins, but on the ice, where’s the leadership?

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