12:09 AM EDT, Sun April 21, 2019
58 mins ago
Monsters score five goals to beat the Crunch

Monsters score five goals to beat the Crunch

Cleveland Monsters (5) at Syracuse Crunch (1) For the second night in a row, the Cleveland Monsters took down the Syracuse Crunch. This time the score was 5-1. After last night’s win, Head Coach John Madden opted to not have practice today. Instead the Monsters poured over film to prepare themselves for tonight’s game. “We’ve been talking a bit about good puck management, good F3s, smart reloads, certain systems. Things that we got away from in our game. It’s to be expected with the first game of the playoffs. Everybody was a little excited. The was just jumbled up the other...
11 hours ago
Know Thy Enemy : The Syracuse Crunch

Know Thy Enemy : The Syracuse Crunch

A Q&A with Justin Godfrey of Raw Charge about the upcoming series between the Cleveland Monsters and Syracuse Crunch. After a two season hiatus, the Cleveland Monsters are back in the Calder Cup playoffs. This time they kick things off against the Syracuse Crunch. In a crazy twist of fate, the Crunch happen to be the farm team of the Tampa Bay Lightning whom the Columbus Blue Jackets just swept. Justin G. of Raw Charge and I sat down to have a little discussion about the Syracuse Crunch vs Cleveland Monsters first round series. You can ready my interview with JG here. It’s also a...
16 hours ago
Welcome to the Columbus Blue Jackets Bandwagon! Here is a Brief Introduction for New Fans

Welcome to the Columbus Blue Jackets Bandwagon! Here is a Brief Introduction for New Fans

Looking to jump on the bandwagon? Here’s how to get started. The Columbus Blue Jackets have finally won a playoff series! What a time to be alive. The Blue Jackets are into the second round, and they moved on by emphatically beating - sweeping - the President’s Trophy winning Tampa Bay Lightning. It was an upset almost no one predicted (none of the writers here saw this coming), but it happened nonetheless. If you’re not already a fan of this plucky franchise (or perhaps watched your own favorite team fall short this season and would like to get in on some of this playoff action),...
18 hours ago
Monsters start Calder Cup playoffs with a 5-3 win over the Crunch

Monsters start Calder Cup playoffs with a 5-3 win over the Crunch

Cleveland Monsters (5) at Syracuse Crunch (3) The Cleveland Monsters started the first round of the playoffs out with a bang beating the Syracuse Crunch, 5-3, in game one. The Monsters spent the first few minutes of the game in their own zone. They quickly got their legs beneath them and began zooming down the ice with the puck. There were many moments of brilliance from the defense during the first period. One consisting of Doyle Somerby sticks out the most. Hungry for a goal, Brady Brassart powered down the ice towards Brad Thiessen. As he began to wind up for the shot, Somerby threw...
Apr 19, 2019
Nick Foligno named finalist for Masterton Trophy

Nick Foligno named finalist for Masterton Trophy

The Bill Masterton Trophy signifies perserverence and dedication to hockey. Nick Foligno has been named a finalist for the Bill Masterton Trophy. This is Foligno’s third time being named a finalist for the award, which signifies perserverence and dedication to hockey. The other nominees are Robin Lehner of the New York Islanders and Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks. The finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance and dedication to hockey are here! Congratulations to @NickFoligno, @RobinLehner and Joe Thornton. #NHLAwards presented by @Bridgestone...
Apr 19, 2019
A look into what Columbus did to earn a believer

A look into what Columbus did to earn a believer

It was going to take showing up in a playoff series and winning it before I could fully buy into what the Blue Jackets were selling. After a sweep of the historic Lightning, I’m ready for much more. Today was my turn to think of a topic for your Columbus Blue Jackets and frankly, I wasn’t sure where to start. So I decided to draw from what’s on my mind the most. ✔️ Jackets swept the Lightning straight out of the Stanley Cup playoffs to the sunny Tampa golf course ✔️ Sergei Bobrovsky was sensational (Literally everyone was as PD looks at the MVP). ✔️ The power play...
Apr 18, 2019
Cannon Blasts : Sweep

Cannon Blasts : Sweep

Unless you’re living on the moon, by now you know the Columbus Blue Jackets swept the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the playoffs. Holy cow! Is this real? Yes! Yes it is!! On last week’s The Cannon Cast everyone was a bit hesitant about the upcoming first round. Last night’s podcast had a bit of a different tone; elation. To be honest, I don’t think any of us have fully processed the sweep quite yet. The first game in the series was a bit dicey. At the end of the first period, fans were beginning to accept an unhappy fate as the team was playing similar to a small...
Apr 18, 2019
Who was the CBJ MVP of the first round?

Who was the CBJ MVP of the first round?

It was a complete performance from top to bottom of the roster, but who stood out? Everyone still feeling on top of the world after that Blue Jackets sweep of the Lightning? Yeah, me too. It was a complete performance from the Jackets, with contributions from every player in the lineup. 12 different skaters scored a goal! So it’s hard to say any single player stood out. BUT WE’RE GOING TO TRY ANYWAY. If there were an MVP award for the series, who should win? Let’s look at some candidates: Sergei Bobrovsky Let’s start with the most obvious. Throughout his tenure in Columbus, Bob has...
Apr 18, 2019
The Cannon Cast Episode 8: The Blue Jackets really did sweep the Lightning

The Cannon Cast Episode 8: The Blue Jackets really did sweep the Lightning

We break down one of the biggest nights in franchise history It’s been two days since the Blue Jackets completed an incredible sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and we still can’t believe it. That series win just might be a small topic of conversation on the newest episode of the The Cannon Cast, the Columbus Blue Jackets podcast from The Cannon! Did you know the final score of Game 4 was 7-3? In this episode, we talk about: Did that really happen? Which one of us barfed from stress during Game 4? Which one of us randomly teared up at work on Wednesday? Did John Tortorella redeem...
Apr 17, 2019
Monsters announce playoff schedule and fan festivities

Monsters announce playoff schedule and fan festivities

Help the Monsters “Light The Land” by attending a Calder Cup Playoff game or fan festivity. Just like their parent team, the Cleveland Monsters took it down to the wire before clinching a spot in the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs. In a weird twist of fate, the Monsters will be playing the farm team of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Syracuse Crunch. They will play in a best of five series starting in Syracuse on Friday, April 19th. Game 1 - Friday, April 19th – Cleveland at Syracuse- 7:00 p.m. at the Oncenter War Memorial Arena Game 2 - Saturday, April 20th- Cleveland at Syracuse - 7:00...
Apr 17, 2019
Wednesday Playoffs Open Thread: Do the Blue Jackets want the Leafs or Bruins next?

Wednesday Playoffs Open Thread: Do the Blue Jackets want the Leafs or Bruins next?

The CBJ await their next opponent With the top-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning dead and buried and loose dirt swept over the grave with an especially strong broom, the Columbus Blue Jackets now await the winner of the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins series. Toronto leads the series 2-1 and will host the Bruins in Game 4 tonight. Nazem Kadri has been suspended for the rest of the series and a Bruins win tonight would guarantee the series goes at least six games, a welcome development for a Blue Jackets squad who could use their next opponent banging on each other some more. Who do the Blue...
Apr 17, 2019
Game 4 Recap: Blue Jackets make history, sweep Lightning, win first playoff series

Game 4 Recap: Blue Jackets make history, sweep Lightning, win first playoff series

Game 5 is not necessary In 1962, a 22 year old from Columbus named Jack Nicklaus won his first professional tournament by defeating the best golfer in the world, Arnold Palmer, by three strokes in an 18 hole playoff in the US Open. In 1990, a 30 year old from Columbus named James “Buster” Douglas stunned the world by knocking out the previously undefeated Mike Tyson for the undisputed heavyweight boxing title. In 2019, an 18 season old professional hockey team from Columbus slayed two decades of demons to win their first playoff series, and did so by sweeping the President’s Trophy...
Apr 16, 2019
HOLY FORKING SHIRTBALLS: JACKETS ADVANCE TO SECOND ROUND

HOLY FORKING SHIRTBALLS: JACKETS ADVANCE TO SECOND ROUND

THIS JUST HAPPENED THEY SAID TAMPA WAS GOOD BUT THEN WE BEAT THEM WE SWEPT THEM EIGHTEEN YEARS OF GARBAGE HOCKEY AND WE FINALLY WON A DAMN SERIES FULL RECAP IN THE MORNING BUT FOR NOW WE CELEBRATE NOW IS THE TIME ON SPROCKETS WHEN WE DANCE
Apr 16, 2019
GameThread: Columbus Blue Jackets look to eliminate Tampa Bay Lightning

GameThread: Columbus Blue Jackets look to eliminate Tampa Bay Lightning

Let’s go! Let’s go Jackets! Finish it tonight.
Apr 16, 2019
Game Four Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets look to make franchise history in Nationwide Arena

Game Four Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets look to make franchise history in Nationwide Arena

Here’s what you need to know. Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue JacketsTuesdat, April 16, 2019 - 7:00 EST Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OhioTV: CNBC, Fox Sports Ohio - Radio: 97.1 FMOpponent’s Blog: Raw Charge Columbus Blue Jackets (47-31-4, 98 points, 5th Metro, 8th East)vsTampa Bay Lightning (62-16-4, 128 points, 1st Atlantic, 1st East) Columbus leads series 3-0 History awaits in Nationwide Arena, if the Columbus Blue Jackets can find a way to win this game. The Columbus Blue Jackets, following their game three victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, own a stanglehold on this series....