Last night, the Blue Jackets were able to snap a five-game losing streak after beating the Red Wings 3-2 in a shootout. The fans were able to celebrate at home for the first time in a while and there was a little bit more on the line for their efforts. While the Jackets were able to gain a little ground in the standings, their efforts to do something good for the community were rewarded in a big way.
Blue Jackets fan Tyler Schweinfurth was getting tired of seeing his team go through yet another January swoon and headed to Twitter to proclaim he’d put $20 “on the board” to charity if the team could snap their losing streak at home against the rival Red Wings. With the Internet being a powerful tool, other Jackets fans quickly jumped on board and soon enough the local media got wind of it and spread the word even more.
While this sort of money raising is a no-no in NHL clubhouses (just ask Leafs coach Ron Wilson about that) having fans do this for charity is more than OK and they pooled together $5,237 for last night’s game. If the Jackets won, the money would go to the Blue Jackets Foundation, if they lost it would go to a hunger shelter. What the fans may not have known is that the team took notice of their efforts in a big way and used it as motivation for the game.
After Antoine Vermette sealed the shootout win, the Blue Jackets had some surprise news for the “Money on the Board” efforts as Tom Reed of The Columbus Dispatch shares.
Alternate captain R.J. Umberger said the players were matching the fans’ sum and donating their portion to the Blue Jackets’ foundation.
“Their passion to win, especially against Detroit, is strong,” Umberger said. “We appreciated what they did for us and we’re going to do the same and let a charity enjoy it.
Not a bad night of hockey for the fans in Columbus to end up raising over $10,000 for charity. For all that’s been said about the hockey market in Columbus and how rough it’s been for the fans there since the team’s inception, this one moment is one hell of a way to put yourselves on the map.
For Tyler Schweinfurth and the rest of the dedicated Blue Jackets (and even some Red Wings) fans who took part in this impromptu community service means of motivation, bravo. When people get upset and jaded about how out of touch many professional athletes and teams seem to be, a moment like this out of the blue is truly an amazing thing to see.
After the Eastern Conference Game 2s played out on Saturday, we’re getting the Western Conference set today. You can watch the action via NBC Sports Group’s television and digital platforms.
Here’s a quick overview of where specifically you can watch the contests:
St. Louis at Dallas (3:00 p.m. ET)
If you want to watch the game on television, NBC is the channel to do that. If you want to stream the game with the NBC Sports Live Extra app, click here.
Nashville at San Jose (8:00 p.m. ET)
The game will be televised on NBCSN. You can also stream the contest by clicking here.
Here’s some relevant pregame reading material:
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have spoken out against a late, high hit that Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik threw on Olli Maatta early in the first period of an eventful Game 2 on Saturday.
Maatta left and didn’t return. He played only 31 seconds, and the Penguins were reduced to five defensemen for a large portion of the game. Orpik was given a minor penalty on the play, but the league’s Department of Player Safety may see it differently.
The hit occurred well after Maatta had gotten rid of the puck. He struggled on his way to the dressing room for further evaluation.
Based on multiple reports, Orpik wasn’t made available to the media following the game, which went to the Penguins as they earned the split on the road.
But the Penguins have taken issue with the hit.
“I thought it was a late hit,” said Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, as per CSN Mid-Atlantic. “I thought it was a target to his head. I think it’s the type of hit everyone in hockey is trying to remove from the game.”
The Pittsburgh Penguins will head back home with a split of their second-round series with the rival Washington Capitals.
Former Capitals forward Eric Fehr came back to burn his hold team, as he scored with under five minutes remaining in regulation to help lift the Penguins over Washington with a 2-1 victory in an eventful Game 2 on Saturday. Evgeni Malkin threw the puck toward the net and Fehr was able to re-direct it by Braden Holtby.
Oh, this was an eventful game, indeed.
It started early in the first period with Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik catching Penguins blue liner Olli Maatta with a late and high hit that warranted — at least for now — only a minor penalty for interference. Maatta, clearly in distress following the hit, didn’t play another shift and saw only 31 seconds of ice time in total, as Pittsburgh was reduced to five defensemen for the remainder of the game.
It continued in the third period. Kris Letang was furious after getting called for a trip on Justin Williams, and even more ticked off when the Capitals tied the game on the ensuing power play.
For two periods, the Capitals couldn’t get much going. Only four of their players had registered a shot on goal through 40 minutes, while the Penguins held the edge in that department and held the lead.
Washington came out with more jump in the third period, testing rookie netminder Matt Murray with 14 shots in the final 20 minutes. But the Penguins got the late goal to break the deadlock.
Kris Letang watched from the penalty box as the Washington Capitals tied up Game 2 with a power play goal in the third period. The Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman was called for tripping after he appeared to muscle Justin Williams off the puck as he entered the zone.
Letang let his disagreement with the call be known at the time, and was furious after the Capitals capitalized on a goal from Marcus Johansson.
The Capitals started the period down a goal and being outshot 28-10 by the Penguins, who need a win to even the series.
Also, it seems this is worth mentioning: