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Matt Wagner

  • joined Mar 09, 2009
  • last login Apr 17, 2014
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A die-hard fan of the Columbus Blue Jackets, amateur BBQer, and professional IT Jack of All Trades. Born and raised in Columbus, OH, I didn't really discover hockey until the Columbus Chill came to town in the 1980s/90s, and my love of the sport was fairly casual until I went to college and shared a dorm room with a Leafs fan. After being converted into a hockey fan through heavy osmosis, once I returned to my hometown in time for the 2002-2003 season to check out the Blue Jackets, the (often tragic) love affair began in full force!

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Embrace the Challenge

If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. That's exactly the opportunity the Blue Jackets have as they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday night.

WE BATTLE ON!

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah. Glory, Glory, Hallelujah, the Blue Jackets are marching on to the playoffs after a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars.

RISING FROM THE ASHES

For five minutes, it looked like the Blue Jackets had a win in their final home game of the regular season sewn up. Then things changed. But out of that sudden disappointment came something wonderful.

NUMBER. ONE. COP.

In their final regular season matchup against the Flyers, the Jackets desperately needed two points, and they got them in no small part thanks to Sergei Bobrovsky's fantastic performance in a 2-0 shutout victory.

Rule 63.6

Thanks to a lot of effort and a little bit of luck, the Jackets got one heck of a GWG from Cam Atkinson en route to a 4-2 win against Detroit that keeps their playoff hopes alive.

The Finish Line Is In Sight

With their game against Dallas officially rescheduled, the Blue Jackets now have a clear picture of their final 15 games. Now it's time to look at what it's going to take to make it to the postseason, and how their competition compares.

GOOD GOAL!

After video review, Ryan Johansen's shootout winning goal stands up to give the Blue Jackets a 2-1 victory over the Wild!

Find A Way

The Jackets took control of a huge game against the Red Wings in the third period, and got a little help from their friends to put themselves into third place in the Metropolitan Division.

Can't Stop The Arty Party

One of the best forwards on the team since the Olympic break, Artem Anisimov was named the second star of the week by the NHL, and is on pace for a career season.

Blackhawk Downed

After a solid first period, the Jackets lost control of the game in the second, spiraling down into a 6-1 loss.

Double Up

The Blue Jackets got a solid punch from their special teams, plus a couple of empty net goals as they defeated the Florida Panthers 6-3 in a Saturday afternoon matinee.

*Yawn*

The Jackets scored early on Jonathan Quick, but this game turned into a long, drawn affair that finally ended with a frustrating 2-1 OT loss.

Negative Cattitude

The Florida Panthers probably outplayed the Jackets for 45 minutes of this game, but the puck luck they got in the 15 good minutes was enough to give them a 4-1 win in their last home game before the Olympics.

Staaled Out

The Blue Jackets were looking to get themselves back on top after a rough loss to the Sabres, but a late period burst from the Staal brothers put this game out of their hands.

Seventh Heaven

Things started rough for the Blue Jackets, but a two goal outburst late in the second period gave them the boost they needed to beat the LA Kings for their record setting 7th consecutive win.

Right Back At It

The Jackets delivered a statement win last night, but there's still work to be done. After flying up to Buffalo last night, they need to keep up the hard work to continue their winning streak.

Burritos for the Blue Jackets Foundation!

The Blue Jackets Foundation will be partnering with the Arena District Chipotle this Friday, January 17th, to raise a little money, and give you a little food. Just print out this flyer or save it to your phone, go to the restaurant between 11:00am-7:00, show it to the cashier, and 50% of the cost of your order will go to the Foundation. You get tasty food, the Foundation gets a little more money to help families in the community, and let's face it, you wanted an excuse to get out of the office for lunch on Friday anyway. Everybody wins!

Power Surge

The Jackets have been struggling with the man advantage, but the power play came up with two big third period goals to secure a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Positive Trends

More than a few things are looking up for the Blue Jackets, and their standings against the rest of the Eastern Conference suggest that things may just be coming together for this team.

A Look At Olympic Rosters By The Numbers

Rob Vollman dropped by to give us a look at how the numbers stack up for each of the Olympic rosters, and who is favored to win gold in Sochi.

Derek MacKenzie Suspended Three Games

The NHL has asked Derek MacKenzie to report for an in-person hearing after his hit on Oliver Ekman-Larsson in last night's game.

Horton Hears A Goal

After two days of excitement surrounding his Blue Jackets debut, Nathan Horton had the game winning goal tonight in a 2-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.

Lock And Load

It's official - after a long wait, the Blue Jackets fanbase will get to see Nathan Horton take the ice in Union Blue tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes. Oh, but he's not the only guy who appears to be coming back tonight.

New Year, Old Problems

The Blue Jackets started their Western Conference road trip with a promising opening, and a disappointing finish, surrendering three power play goals for the second game in a row.

"Special" Teams.

The Blue Jackets played well against the Pittsburgh Penguins for 51 minutes, but problems with their power plays and a number of penalty calls would hand the game to the Metro division leaders after back to back power play goals.

GameThread

Game Thread #39: Penguins @ Jackets

God, I hate these guys. Time to get it done in our own barn.

Game 39 Preview: Opportunity Knocks

The Jackets will be facing a battered Penguins team for their last home game of 2013, and there's a lot more than mere pride on the line. Do you have your money on the board?

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