The Blue Jackets got a much needed win Tuesday night shutting out the New York Islanders 4-0 and they also got a much needed boost from the return of Nick Foligno. The Blue Jackets captain missed the teams road trip when the CBJ went just 1-2-1 because his son Hudson, not yet two years old, has been battling pneumonia. Foligno talked with the media about the situation before the Islander game and revealed just how serious Hudson's battle has been.
"Obviously it's not the situation you want to be in and be away from the team this time of year but my youngest, not even two years old, was diagnosed with a pretty serious case of pneumonia," Foligno said. "His right lung actually collapsed on him so we've been in ICU for a long time...over two weeks now. He was on a breathing ventilator for about 11 days and so it was pretty serious. (I was) pretty scared."
Foligno was welcomed back by Blue Jackets fans who gave him a thunderous ovation. He was also welcomed back by his teammates. After the victory, a second consecutive shut-out for Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, Bob awarded the 'kepi' to Foligno.
"I never thought I'd miss you guys that much," Foligno said to his teammates. "Great win...let's keep it rolling boys."
The Jackets victory kept them only 2 points out of the final Eastern Conference Wild Card spot, currently held by Montreal and the Jackets host the Canadiens Thursday night in what will be a playoff-like game.
Below are videos of Foligno, discussing his family ordeal, Bob's "kepi" presentation and Coach John Tortorella's post-game remarks following the Jackets victory.