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Blue Jackets coach wants more than just moral victories

Apr 16, 2014, 10:59 PM EDT

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Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards acknowledged that there were some positives to take from his team’s 4-3 Game 1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Still, he also emphasized that his team isn’t satisfied with almost.

“We aren’t here just to go to school. We’re here to win,” Richards said. “We got our feet wet. We know what to expect, and we’ll get focused for Saturday now.”

Jack Johnson gave the Blue Jackets their first-ever lead in a playoff game, so maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that he seemed upbeat about his team’s prospects despite the loss.

“This is a war of attrition,” Johnson said. “We weren’t timid or anything. We’ll regroup and be ready for Game 2.”

Lineup tweaks might be part of that regrouping process.

From a bigger picture perspective, the Blue Jackets seem intent to focus upon stemming the special teams tide, something Richards noted after the game. The Penguins turned a 3-1 deficit into a 3-3 tie thanks to an efficient man advantage on Wednesday, showing an edge that could be an X-factor in the series.

Controlling (or at least limiting) that power play could very well make this a “war of attrition” rather than the quicker series that some naysayers expect.

  1. ranci - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    #CBJ Ryan Johansen: “We have to stay out of the box and I think we can play with them, easily, five on five.”
    9:57 PM – 16 Apr 2014

    LOL I love how deluded these people are

    • lrdxenoth2 - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:44 PM

      typical response from an hockey ignorant Pens fan. If you actually watched the game, the CBJ dictated play for most of the game five on five.

      • ranci - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:05 AM

        If you actually watched this year, Pittsburgh won all 6 games. if you’re 0-6 vs a team, dont spout off on twitter about how easily you can stick with them.

    • JoeAvg - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      Delusional? Hardly. But the Pens should make it another class for their schooling. You shouldn’t say things like in public lest you awaken a sleeping giant.

      • JoeAvg - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:08 AM

        *say things like that in public…* A little late for proofreading.

  2. edmonddantes21 - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    Pens d is swiss cheese and that won’t change between now and Saturday even if they are at home. Don’t get me wrong I love watching Crosby Malkin and all those guys. But like last year this serues will unnecessarily go 6 or 7 and for a team that is supposedly worlds better than the blur jackets who almost never make the playoffs a barely 1 goal win isnt exactly inspiring confidence that this year will be different than last year. Pens would get beat in the first round in 5 games in the west. Thats a fact.

    • bobc74 - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:36 AM

      Ah, but unlike the games during the last 2-3 weeks of the regular season, that “swiss cheese d” didn’t allow their opponent to tie or win the game in the final minute of the 3rd period.

  3. penguins87and71 - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    How is the Pens defense Swiss cheese? Yes they didn’t play well last night, but the six defensemen that were playing last night hardly played at all together in the regular season, it’s going to a few games to get some chemistry down. When they played together in the first dozen games of the season the Penguins were in the top 10 in defense.

  4. penguins87and71 - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    No offense to the BlueJackets, but if they are going to win this series Bobvrosky is going to have to play out of his mind, like Rask did last year, and like what Halak did in 2010. If he plays like he did last night it will be a very short series.

  5. uhokjoe - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Penalty trouble and dogging it in the third lost the game for the Jackets. It wasnt so much a tighter D for the Pens as it was CBJ playing their typicaly 40 minute game. Also, giving power plays to a team that is a leader in the manned advantage… not smart.

  6. 4buckiz - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Ranci – if you actually watched the regular season you would know our vezina winning goaltender played less than one period in the regular season. Granted he was shelled that game but still. Gave one away yesterday.

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