Posts Tagged ‘game wrap


Embarrassment – JACKETS LOSE

PIT 7 – CBJ 2

I’m still in shock.

Yeah we knew there would be lots of Pittsburgh fans, yes our team was coming off of a 5-0 shutout loss on the road, but there’s no way anybody saw this coming.

Before we move past the game itself and commence the griping about game ops, management, and bad fans, let’s talk about the game for a sec.

Steve Mason… what in the wide world of sports was that? 4 goals on 13 shots in less than 16 minutes of game time. Somebody needs to get his head screwed on straight.

While getting thrashed you would expect someone to step-up for the Jackets. It’d have been nice if someone like Rick Nash, RJ Umberger, Antoine Vermette, ANYONE would have stepped up. But, if we’re going to have to rely on Chris Clark throughout this season… then the hot start by the Jackets will quickly be forgotten. Kudos to Chris in all seriousness, but you can’t be a playoff team when you rely on grinders to carry your team. He was the only player with a positive +/-

After the massacre in Nationwide, usually I’d be able to laugh it off and talk about the “same ole Jackets”, but there was a significant difference between this loss and any ugly loss prior… had my favorite line that captures the whole night in one sentence:

The shots are 16-2 Penguins (after the first period), meaning the Pens would still be winning even without a goalie.

That’s how thorough the domination on the ice was last night, and that doesn’t even begin to describe what happened in the stands.

The real embarrassment of the night came in the stands. During college and years since then, I’ve dealt with opposing fans, and almost always it has been a positive experience of learning and entertainment. None of my personal interactions with Pens fans last night were negative but the handling of their presence was a major issue.

First were the Pens fans riding the zamboni’s prior to the game… see photo evidence (again from ThePensblog):

Unacceptable. Wake up game ops. If some bandwaggoner shows up for their zamboni ride wearing the opposing team’s jersey, you tell them “Take it off or you don’t ride”. Simple as that.

If we’re worried about hurting the feelings of opposing fans then sportsmanship and political correctness has gone too far.

These comments were found on Twitter after the debacle:

From Neal K:

And another from Steve M.:

What a complete mess. I thought it was annoying when Red Wings and Blues fans were participating in intermission on-ice entertainment, and now this.

The real problem in my opinion comes from the sheer amount of Penguins fans. There was no way I didn’t expect there to be plenty, but when your own season ticket holders are sharing the pre-sale code during the summer with opposing fans, THAT IS A MAJOR PROBLEM. The ticketing director needs to plug this leak and now. It may be a lot more work on their part, but to even put a dent in the amount of opposing fans buying tickets early would be a good first step.

It’s as simple as this, assign specific codes for every season ticket holder when the pre-sale is announced, if that code is found being made public, you simply revoke the PSL and slap them in the face.

Light the Lamp and I feel similarly on a lot of things, but there’s another issue to touch on….

Using the excuse that “I don’t want to be surrounded by opposing fans” or “We haven’t proved anything” or any number of lame excuses for not coming out to support OUR team is an absolute travesty.

This was a HUGE game against a regional rival who just happens to be THE premiere team in the National Hockey League.

Leave the excuses to politicians.

Our job as fans is to support the team, without our support, the team does not stay. Without our support what happened last night happens more and more often. When season ticket holders share the pre-sale code, and sell their tickets for big games to try to make a few bucks, this is when hope fades, desire to improve, all things necessary to have a healthy team and fan base, slowly but surely disappear.

Every Jackets blog that I read has a post of either “OMG freak out about everything” or “Strip the Captaincy from Nash” or “DON’T Worry guys, I know better”.

Nobody knows what the future holds.

No one can tell us what Scott Arniel is thinking.

No one knows what Rick Nash has to do to get this team going.

We all must embrace what we have, push through the anger and disappointment and help this team.

When they play hard, the deserve your support and dollars.

When they play hard, the may not deserve your support, but if you already spent the money, the deserve you there watching and waiting for signs of life.

It wasn’t long ago that we had this kind of atmosphere with a much more positive outcome and series of events following the Pittsburgh game.

Even a bad loss doesn’t ruin life, things have to get better and go the right way.

It was a pleasure meeting as many Penguins fans as I did, I just wish Rick Nash would’ve led his team with more than a few big hits.

Go Jackets.


Escape from Long Island – JACKETS WIN

CBJ 4 – NYI 3 (OT)

In what many deemed to be a trap game, the Jackets were able to persevere while coming back twice from single-goal deficits.

Eventually the Blue Jackets would prevail in overtime and claim two points on the night. Antoine Vermette contributed on 5-on-3 power play, while Chris Clark and RJ Umberger added even strength goals. During the overtime period Kris Russel drove the net, got off a shot and DiPietro threw up a pretty rebound to the crashing Jake Voracek.


During the course of the game, Jared Boll “fought” Islanders enforcer Trevor Gillies… wow. This might have been one of the most epic beat-downs in Jared Boll’s young career. Sometimes there are those one or two punch fights and the loser is down and out, but this fight went on, and on, and on, and Boll took one hell of a beating. While Boll has been a much better player all-around so far, this is an area he has to improve in. The energy and momentum definitely swung to the Islanders as they scored their first goal of the game not even a minute later.

Mathieu Garon was average throughout the game, but came up with key saves at important junctures. There was the massive glove save about halfway through the 3rd period, then there was the ridiculous save on Frans Nielsen to help keep the Jackets going in overtime. What was a bit disconcerting were the two “What the heck?” goals. The opening Islanders goal by Trent Hunter off a pop-fly puck and John Tavares’ flip in off the wall were both very odd. Thinking back to last season, there was Jeff Carter’s shot on the face-off, seems that Matty is a bit susceptible to the random, unexpected, unfocused goals.

Garon got the win, and that’s what counts in the end, but his performance last night should be enough to stop the clamoring for Garon to start regularly instead of Steve Mason. I mean, what more do you need to see from Mason? After the ridiculous performance against Anaheim and then the Predators, he’s obviously playing very well right now. Garon’s job is to spell Mase when necessary, not to split starts just because the fan who thinks they know more says so, but to best help the team and Mason all season long.

5 straight wins have vaulted the Jackets into a virtual tie for first in the Central Division, and more importantly, first place in the freaking WESTERN CONFERENCE!!! Friday night against Detroit could be the biggest game the Jackets have ever played in November.



All-American Effort – JACKETS WIN

On election night in America the Blue Jackets, a group of mostly non-Americans, put forth an effort that any full-time red, white and blue bleeding citizen (especially a CBJ Fan) can appreciate.

From top line to bottom line, front to back, left to right, this was a complete effort for the CBJ. Mathieu Garon was huge early and late and saved the day a couple of times for the Jackets who were lackadaisical in the early going.

The 3 goals scored by the Jackets were a thing of beauty.

Rick Nash showed why he is one of the most feared forwards in the NHL. His wrist shot that beat Carey Price was a jaw-dropping spectacle. Such an impressive play by Jake Voracek making the pass to Nash in close quarters, and Nash left no doubt that the shot would be going in.

Derick Brassard connected for the Jackets on the power play… yes I’m still kinda shocked to have seen a power play goal. Jake Voracek again was involved as he drove hard for the net and deked maybe 40 times before making a perfect pass to Brass for the one-timer.

The scoring was completed during the 3rd period as Jared Boll led an odd-man rush with Kyle Wilson and Wilson fired it past Price.

A few random thoughts:

  • Who woulda thought Jared Boll could do something helpful and productive for the team that didn’t involved losing a fight?
  • Can’t say enough about the entire rosters contributions.
  • Are these the real Jackets? I think they are, but remember this is still a young team and inconsistency is common with youth.
  • Mathieu Garon will from this point forward be referred to as “Matty Ice” (yes I know this nickname is already in use by the Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan)

Comeback – JACKETS WIN

While slowly being lulled to sleep by the less than exciting play of two periods and being more entertained by my “hockey family reunion than the game, somebody lit a fire for under the Blue Jackets’ asses.

Plenty has been said about the sweet power-play goal of Nikita Filatov, and deservedly so, I’m just going to mention a few things that stood out throughout the game to me.

Ethan Moreau: While I remain skeptical of his real purpose on this team, last night he was exactly the type of player the Blue Jackets have missed for years. He was flying around hitting, pushing, annoying, and flat-out being a bitch to everyone with Christmas colors on their sweater. There was an instance where he threw a hard check and then was able to elbow a guy in the head a couple of times. When it happens to our own players, it sucks, but when you have an annoying guy on your team, it’s pretty awesome. Moreau may have the scoring, size, grit, and leadership that Dorsett and Boll have yet to consistently provide and play a larger part in this season than expected.

Mike Commodore: Based on some comments from Light the Lamp about a previous radio interview of Commie and more tweeting about horse-racing than anything else, I didn’t expect what I saw from Commodore last night. Commodore seriously seemed like a man on a mission to prove he is, and can continue to be, a productive part of this team. Frankly I was impressed with his hustle, overall positioning, and continuous joining of the rush. Even this little gem from Puck-rakers:

After being denied on a shot from between the circles, defenseman Mike Commodore admitted he dislodged the Wild net in overtime to avoid a 3-on-1 rush the other direction.

He’s using his head while joining the rush. I would love to see Commodore return to the level he played at in 2008-09 and wouldn’t be surprised if he did, but as they say, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire”. I for one, remain optimistic.

John Moore: I’m uncertain if it’s the change in expectations, or the pressure being put on him, but he did not stand out in the way I expected. I think the expectations have probably risen a bit much for what would be considered fair. Don’t take this as a “bail-out” on John Moore, I’m all-in on Moore, as is the CBJ management I expect. My personal level of expectation was that he would come out looking like mid-to-late 2008-09 and most of 09-10 Kris Russell, but with size. I think Moore will see time this season with the Jackets, and possibly even make the trip to Sweden, but I don’t think he will make the full-time squad this year.

Vermette and Huselius: They both seemed like the players they have always been for the CBJ with just a little rust to work out.

I’m looking forward to trying to find online viewing feeds of the next few games to see what the players that remain in camp have left in the tank. Tomorrow night’s veteran line-up needs to look good and keep their heads up or the Wild may look to exact some nasty revenge.

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