Blue Jackets snap losing skid on Jakub Voracek’s big night – [Update News]

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Five observations from the Blue Jackets’ 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday in Nationwide Arena:

1. Jake’s night

Blue Jackets winger Jakub voracek was recognized in Nationwide two nights after he played in his 1,000th NHL match. These are rare and special nights, and they’re memorable.

The Blue Jackets put together a powerful video montage that included testimonials from Voracek’s teammates through the years, both in his early days with the Blue Jackets and from his decade with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Voracek watched his teammates from the bench, and then was summoned to the corner of ice where his parents, girlfriend, and two children were standing to celebrate.

Voracek received a silver stick, a Rolex Rolex watch from past or present Columbus teammates, and a breathtaking montage showing Voracek in his classic crouched posture, wearing the sweaters worn by the Blue Jackets and Flyers as well as the national Czech team’s jersey.

The ceremony caused a delay of 12 minutes in the start of the game. Voracek was therefore placed in the starting line-up.

“I had about a two-minute shift right off the get-go,” Voracek said. “Almost had a stroke. That was a tough one after standing for so long.”

Voracek went on to have a tremendous game, picking up two primary assists, sprawling before a Devils player’s stick to prevent a seemingly certain goal and leading a power play that finally scored.

“It was kind of an overwhelming night for me,” Voracek said.