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Turning Point – JACKETS WIN

The monkey may finally be off the back of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Not only did they manage to gain their first victory in the 3rd jersey’s, that have gone 0-5 to this point, but they did it behind outstanding goaltending, and clutch scoring.

Maybe the scratches of Jake Voracek, Rusty Klesla, and Derek Dorsett motivated the right people, or maybe the guys who got into the line-up decided to make the most of it, either way, it was a winning combination last night.

It wasn’t always pretty, like the above pictured moment where Mikko Koivu put the Wild in-front of the Jackets 2-1 in the waning seconds of the 2nd period. The defensive coverage was spotty at times, but came through in a big way from time-to-time. The Jackets were credited with blocking 17 shots, and were perfect on the penalty kill, including a 5-minute boarding major on defenseman Mike Commodore.

I want to look back on last night’s game and be able to say that the 5-minute penalty kill turned the 2010-2011 season for the hometown team.

It was as if everyone in the building realized how important a successful kill, on a potential “score-buffet” major penalty, would be for the Blue Jackets. In the waning seconds the energy from the building built and built, and was released when Derick Brassard tied the game at one a piece. The fans were in the game, and didn’t let the previously mentioned Koivu goal deflate them too much. Neither did the team. Everyone was joined together celebrating goals like winning a playoff game, fans were attached and lived and died with every moment of the game.

During the 3rd period, Tom Sestito put the beat down on Brad Staubitz. Staubitz was a bit of a pest all night, but whatever, that’s his job. The fight was enough to create the energy for the Jackets to score two quick goals to roar past the Wild 3-2.

Give credit to the Minnesota Wild though, they too were on the 2nd night of a back-to-back, and found the energy to tie the game at 3-a-piece with barely 8 minutes remaining.

The overtime saw few chances for the Jackets, but all that matters is they didn’t give up a goal and survived to face Jose Theodore in the shootout.

Nash, Wilson, and Juice were all money in the shootout, and Steve Mason made the one save that was truly necessary.

Game, blouses.

I haven’t been this excited for a win it seems in forever. The Jackets have given fans too little to cheer for since December of 2009, and finally, just maybe there is a hint of life to this team. Whether losing so much lately made the win so much sweeter, or the fact that there is still time to get the wins flowing and make a playoff run had everyone who cheers for the Jackets amped-up.

Let’s see what happens Thursday and Friday…


Like the song says – JACKETS WIN

DAL 2 – CBJ 3 (SO)

It wasn’t pretty, but I’ll take it.

Like the song says, “There ain’t no way but the hard way”. Well, losing 5 straight games and two of them in stellar fashion, and then winning an ugly come-from-behind game is definitely the “hard way” to do things.

Tonight I wasn’t able to attend the game, so here is a special guest post from “Friend of the Blog” Dannie:

When Derek Dorsett told The Dispatch this morning he wasn’t interested in retribution for his concussion doled out by James Neal a year ago, he was instead creating offensive opportunities and kept the puck moving all night long.

The first period was dominated by the Blue Jackets, although the shots (7-5 for the home club) were much closer than the game play itself. Aside from four minutes where Jackets players were boxed for interference penalties, the Jackets controlled much of the play. All five of Dallas’ shots were on net, but Mathieu Garon was able to turn them aside. The Jackets scored at 5:26 of the first period when a rushing Kris Russell flipped a shot over goaltender Kari Lehtonen’s shoulder from the right circle. 1-0 Jackets.

(Editor’s note: Lehtonen seemingly forgot that he wasn’t the back-up tonight and barely even reacted as Russ took the shot)

In the second period, the ice was tilted the other direction. While the Jackets had ample opportunities to bury the puck, they weren’t able to connect passes or pop in rebounds left sitting on the doorstep. The fourth line came up with a few big unexpected chances, but were unable to bury them.

(Editor’s Note: Jared Boll, how the heck do you not bury that puck? Oh right, you’re Jared Boll)

Unfortunately, the Stars got on the board at 15:45 of the second period, when a shot by Brad Richards fluttered off the top of Garon’s glove and into the back of the net tying the game at 1-1 The Stars got a late second period opportunity when Methot was sent off for elbowing, but were unable to get anything flowing before the buzzer.

Through two periods, the shots were 15-10 Columbus, and the Jackets more than doubled up hits on Dallas.

The early minutes of the third period the Jackets team of late seemed to reappear in meltdown form, but a few solid plays by Moreau kept the play in Columbus’ favor. Derek Dorsett was hauled down on a break in front of the net, but the ensuing power play was unable to capitalize – yet again.

Steve Ott pulled the Stars ahead 2-1 at 7:52 on a bad defensive breakdown that saw Kris Russell too far out of position in his own defensive zone, allowing too many white jerseys to camp in front of Garon.

From there on, the Jackets were back on their heels, spending too much time with the puck on their stick instead of in motion; making too many passes and losing their ability to get a shot off.

With under two minutes to go, Dallas took a penalty that allowed the Jackets to pull Garon for a six on four advantage. After a runaround first minute of the power play, the 7 million dollar man Rick Nash potted a shot from the half wall and in.

Tie game, 2-2

The vocal 10,932 who braved the 5-degree wind chill to come to Nationwide erupted.

In overtime, the Jackets were able to move the puck in overtime and tagged Lehtonen with four shots (zero for Dallas), but the Finnish goaltender flashed the leather to turn them aside.

Tied after overtime… here comes everybody’s favorite… SHOOTOUT!

During the shootout, Rick Nash shot first, skating wide right before scoring on Lehtonen. James Neal was the first shooter for Dallas – missing to a chorus of boos. In the second round, Filatov missed while Brad Richards netted one for Dallas. Scott Arniel sent Kyle Wilson out third for his first career shootout attempt – and goal. Jamie Benn was unable to beat Garon and extend the shootout.

A HUGE thank you to Dannie for her contribution. Hopefully my minor edits don’t take away from her descriptive writing!

Boom. Roasted. Jackets win.

From what I watched on ye ole DVR, and Dannie’s description, the Jackets seemed to continue their inconsistent play, but enough bounces went their way so get two points tonight against Dallas.

Guess what, Detroit and Nashville lost tonight too!

Thanks again to Dannie.

Go Jackets.

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