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‘It was a gutless move’: Blue Jackets react to Nash shoving Bobrovsky

Mar 21, 2014, 10:53 PM EDT

The Columbus Blue Jackets weren’t happy with New York Rangers forward Rick Nash for shoving goalie Sergei Bobrovsky late in the second period of Friday’s game.

The immediate result of Nash and Bobrovsky coming together was a massive scrum, and a total of three penalties. In the third period, however, Nash fought Blue Jackets forward – and a former teammate – Matt Calvert. It was a direct result of what happened earlier.

“He had to pay for what he did (punching Bobrovsky). It was a gutless move,” said Calvert, as per Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

In the end, the Rangers came away with a 3-1 victory, thanks to three third-period goals. Earlier in the game, the Blue Jackets paid tribute to Nash, who was traded to New York in the summer of 2012.

  1. jkay1818 - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Interesting. So early in that game bob speared him on the back of his knee in front of the net, prior to the second during warm ups he tried tripping Nash and when Nash scored the goal that was somehow disallowed he decided to throw Nash’s stick, which prompted Nash to shove him. How was he gutless? You left those key facts out of the article.

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 22, 2014 at 1:37 AM

      It’s not a spear, learn your penalties.

      • anthonykornheiser - Mar 22, 2014 at 2:53 AM

        I would agree with above as it looked like a spearing motion to me I don’t think there Is a term poking . He speared or jammed his stick into his leg

  2. hammerhead5573 - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Hysterical. Gutless?? Who knocked the stick out of the Nash’s, the skated 30 feet away from the fight he was responsible for.

  3. jkay1818 - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    On another note, Calvert the tough guy. He got blasted so hard by one of those punches his helmet flew 10 yards down the ice.

  4. bleedrangerblue - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Gutless?? My god people you are clueless. Jackets were dirty all game. Gets whacked in crease, tries to pick stick up and… John Moore hit… When’s the last time Nash fought? You tried to bully the Rangers and found out you can’t. Brass!!!!!

  5. blueshirtsfaithful - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Let’s not forget all the bluejacket fans booing there former super star!! I think this article was about there gutless fans.

    • mp1131211 - Mar 22, 2014 at 3:08 AM

      not once, but twice…

  6. sjsharks66 - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    I really don’t like Nash. He is one of the biggest divers in the league. Hell of a hockey player when he is on his game. To me he is just one of those players that rubs you the wrong way.

    I did not watch this game so I can’t comment on how CBJ played the game. Saying Nash is gutless here? Eh…. 50/50.. It’s always a punk move to push or get physical with a goalie. Was Bob to blame for the shove, yes. Reminds me of the incident with G and Sid in the playoffs. While entertaining and sometimes comical to throw players gloves or sticks, it’s not professional.

    I still say the best incident was Burish and Glass. Good stuff. This is why I love hockey.

  7. dutchman1350 - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Jkay >>> clearly a Rangers fan. The scrum wasn’t a big deal…it’s hockey and it’s building a rivalry. Nash should have went after someone who isn’t 5’9″ instead of holding Calvert’s stick…he’s a pansy.

    • sidcrys3000 - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      HAHHAHA im sorry when somone shoves u down post face off ur gonna respond no matter what its guts its a man thing i understand u dont get that cause your obvisouly didnt play hockey or a sport but if u get shoved ur gonna get up and clock that guy. sorry for Calvert hes undersized under strengthen and got manhandled by nash. Hate all u want on nash but when Nash decides to show up he can kill it. Calm your cooter and relax

    • cofran2004 - Mar 22, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      Nash chose to fight no one… Calvert went after him. If I walk up to a guy thats 6 inches taller and a helluva lot bigger, and pop him in the mouth, what do you think is going to happen to me? Guarantee if the guy doesn’t beat me up for it, no one is going to respect him. Nash’s hands were tied (though not in the fight… he handled Calvert pretty handily).

      Its okay though… I know ohio isn’t really known as a hockey hot bed. You’ll learn though.

      • cbjackets56 - Mar 22, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        cofran.. Do you know anything about Ohio? Ohio has a long history in hockey, having numerous minor league NHL affiliates (including ones in Columbus), along with major hockey programs at Miami University, Ohio State University and Bowling Green State University, who have all been in the Frozen Four and won national championships. Pittsburgh and Detroit are less than 1 hour from the Ohio border and many people follow those teams. You don’t need an NHL team to follow and know the sport.

      • cofran2004 - Mar 24, 2014 at 8:25 AM

        “cofran.. Do you know anything about Ohio?”

        No, and I don’t think anyone else does either.

  8. dutchman1350 - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Nash wanted a trade out of Cbus and was the Captain (waived no trade clause)…many fans see that as a major shortcoming. Nash was put in a bad position being named captain at a young age. He wasn’t ready and not qualified, as great players don’t always make great leaders. Nash wanted a new home as the CBJ organization was in flames and he didn’t want to stick around and re-build it.

    I’m thrilled the CBJ is building a rivalry with NYR, as many players wore both jerseys…Good Stuff.

    • sidcrys3000 - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      what rivalry the CBJ will never be relevant the next Atlanta thrashers.

      • cbjackets56 - Mar 22, 2014 at 4:41 PM

        sidcry, Nice job of backing your statement up with facts, as to why you believe they will be the next Thrashers.

  9. bleedrangerblue - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Shark66 shut up. Worry about the ducks. You didn’t even see the game.

    • sjsharks66 - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:47 PM

      I’ll worry about the Sharks being #1 in one in the Pacific. You worry about playing Philly in the first round. I got $10 Philly wins in 5. πŸ˜‰

      • anthonykornheiser - Mar 22, 2014 at 12:02 AM

        Isn’t that what the sharks normally do in the first round basically every single year of their existence?

    • sjsharks66 - Mar 22, 2014 at 12:17 AM

      Normally do what? Win in 5? Well last year they swept the Canucks. The year before, yes they lost to the Blues. The two years prior they went to the conference finals. How about those Rangers though. A lot of success in the last 20 years!

      • newyorkrangers35 - Mar 22, 2014 at 12:34 AM

        Because The Sharks have been so great?

      • cofran2004 - Mar 22, 2014 at 10:51 AM

        Last I checked, the head to head record for stanley cup wins between the rangers and sharks is 4-0 rangers. Also, the rangers have one stanley cup in the past 20 years. How many do the sharks have?

  10. jkay1818 - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Nash didn’t go after anyone. If you read this article and the numerous post game reports, Calvert wanted to fight him. Even this article was about how Calvert wanted to fight him and wasn’t giving him a choice. He is smaller, yes, but he made his bed and had to lie in it. I don’t get how being a ranger fan or any fan had anything to do with this. There are quotes from this article stating how Calvert wanted to fight Nash, not the other way around. I agree about the rivalry, now they just need a fan base, the crowd was almost 50/50 and it wasn’t even a sell out but the jackets are turning into an exciting scrappy team.

    • cbjackets56 - Mar 22, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      JKay, Were you even in the arena, because I was. The game was STO…standing room only and to say the fan base was 50/50 is just not true. There were probably between 2k-3k very vocal Ranger fans at the game. To say that the Blue Jackets do not have a fan base is not true. As a former PSL and season ticket holder, the first 4-5 years the arena was almost always full, until Doug MacLean failed to produce a winner and killed the season ticket fan base. The fan base is there, but it is hard to keep pouring your money into a franchise that has only made the playoffs once.

  11. nyjetblue - Mar 22, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Oh yeah, he really made Nash pay for what he did. I’ve been waiting all year to watch Nash pound someone and tonight I got my wish. Krieder is next, when he finally goes with someone they’re gonna get a hell of a beating.

  12. anthonykornheiser - Mar 22, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    I literally see you comment on every single article and rarely have anything with substance. Every article, Johnny on the spot. Take this article, you didn’t even watch the game but you’re adding your opinion. Take a breather

  13. tdrusher225 - Mar 22, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Please let these teams meet in the playoffs. That’d be awesome.

  14. rushledger - Mar 22, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    You know what’s gutless while we’re on the subject? The fact that Columbus STILL hasn’t named a captain since Nash left. The trade was almost 2 years ago now! Pick someone already! Give the C to Jack Johnson.

  15. tuucamaron - Mar 22, 2014 at 1:04 AM


  16. hockeyflow33 - Mar 22, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    Someone should have bundled Nash for that hit alone. What a clown.

  17. schneider99 - Mar 22, 2014 at 1:48 AM

    I don’t have anything against the Blue Jackets; I’m actually glad that they’re been able to turn the franchise around. That being said, calling Nash “gutless” was unwarranted, as Bobrovsky slashed Nash earlier in the game, and tossed Nash’s stick away as he bent over to pick it up. I can understand defending your goalie, but if both parties were at fault on the play in question, I don’t think such a comment is necessary. Just my two cents.

  18. jkay1818 - Mar 22, 2014 at 3:00 AM

    Haha, what a clown. Learn your penalties it isn’t spearing. Did you see in the first what he did to him In front of the net? Spearing motion. You’re critiquing and then write “someone should bundle Nash” what is he looking to combine and his phone and cable? Relax bundle

  19. ragsrus - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    You showed him, Calvert! Nash’s fist took a hell of a beating! On another note, Shark fans talking crap, perpetual chokers! That’s just too fing funny!

    • cofran2004 - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      I know, I hope nash’s fist can recover from that. It was awful!

      On another note, I wonder if Calvert had a conversation with Bobrovski about writing checks that his (calvert’s) face can’t cash? Bobrovski had that love tap to the helmet coming… he was picking at Nash all night. If anyone was gutless, it’s bobrovski for hiding behind the stigma against retaliating against a goalie, and thinking he wouldn’t get hit. I had a lot of respect for Bob until last night. Not so much anymore…

  20. whatjusthapped - Mar 22, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Let’s see, one player is wearing a full face mask and the other is not, who is the gutless one?

  21. 2qswing - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Ranger fans move on, geez. You won, good game , couple of scrums,tough back to back for my team but every team has to deal with it. Oh and not every jackets fan was booing Rick Nash. During the video the entire building was standing and clapping. Yes after the “Bob” incident just about everyone turned on him. We’re happy with the trade and so are you. Good budding rivalry. As for Calvert, I would suspect that if one of the Jackets shoved king henry during a stoppage in play, deserved or not, rangers would have reacted the same way. Kudos to Matt for taking on a guy 5 inches taller and giving away 30 lbs or so.

  22. ragsrus - Mar 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Look, you’re right. I don’t blame the Jackets one little bit. You push the goalie you get jumped, end of story, That’s hockey. It’s the gutless comment that irks us. Jackets are a tough, exciting young team. You have some nice players . I still miss Dubi and Artie.

  23. dan1494 - Mar 22, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Let me start off by saying I am a NYR fan but not a Nash fan. They call him the “BIG EASY” for a reason. He is a very soft player, especially for his size. Nash is many things but “gutless” is not one of them. The Jackets were right to stand up for their goalie but so was Nash right to stand up for himself. I mean, all he Nash did was shove him. OMG, send the tape to the Shanahan. Lol If anything I think the goal should have counted and Bobrovsky should have been given a two minute unsportsmanlike penalty. Just sayin

  24. anthonykornheiser - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Who calls him the big easy?

    • newyorkrangers35 - Mar 22, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      You took the words out of my mouth

    • cofran2004 - Mar 22, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      I’ve never heard that either. Apparently rick nash is now N’orlins.

  25. travishenryskid - Mar 22, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    What’s with hockey and the term gutless? Widen your vocabulary hockey.

  26. savior72 - Mar 22, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    • cofran2004 - Mar 22, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      trying to figure out why this is relevant…

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