Blue Jackets make St. Louis sing the Blues, Cavaliers take on the Raptors tonight

Good Morning Sports Fans!

In a rematch from last week, the Columbus Blue Jackets were victorious over the St. Louis Blues 4-2 last night at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets, who were destroyed by a quick start last week against the Blues, made sure the same mistakes did not occur again.

With the Blues up 1-0 in the first period courtesy of a goal by veteran Paul Kariya, the Blue Jackets would tie it with a goal by Raffi Torres at 4:21 of the first period. Torres would strike again later in the period to put the Blue Jackets up 2-1 at the end of the first period.

Moving to the second period, the Blues would tie it when veteran Keith Tkachuk found the back of the net to make it a 2-2 hockey game. The game would not be tied for much longer as Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash would find the back of the net on a power play to give Columbus a 3-2 lead. The goal was Nash’s 400th career point.

Early on in the third period, the Blue Jackets would go up 4-2 as newcomer Chris Clark, who was acquired in a trade with Washington in December, found the back of the net. The Blue Jackets would hold on for the rest of the third period and got the victory.

In this game, the Blue Jackets started slow but ended up recovering quickly. Visions of last week’s debacle against St. Louis was still fresh in the minds of the players and that helped motivate Columbus to play with intensity. Raffi Torres helped keep the Blue Jackets in this game early on and solid goaltending by Mathieu Garon provided Columbus with the defense needed to win.

Moving to the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers return home tonight as they will take on the Toronto Raptors at 7pm. The Cavaliers struggled against Toronto earlier this season losing 101-91 at the Air Canada Center but both teams are much different now. The Cavaliers have since earned the best record in the Eastern Conference while the Raptors have had to fight to maintain a .500 record.

The Cavaliers were 3-2 on the road trip and will have to be ready to play defense early on in this game. The Raptors will want to get out to a quick start and the Cavaliers will have to be ready to make some stops. The Cavaliers have struggled on defense even against weaker teams and despite Toronto’s record, the Raptors are not a team to be taken lightly. They can play with the NBA’s best and will be ready to roar tonight.

That’s it for now. Keep it real.

Jeff

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~ by jeffrsabo on January 19, 2010.

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