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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.




The Jackets travel to Long Island this Thanksgiving eve while many will gather with family, others will gather to see the new 3rd jersey being unveiled tonight by the Blue Jackets.

7:00pm EST, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Fox Sports Ohio, High Definition

Between the game tonight, the jersey unveiling, and tomorrow’s AMAZING holiday, time hasn’t been as plentiful as one would hope, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way.

I’m really looking forward to how the team responds to playing a lesser opponent, but remember in pro sports that just because the records are vastly different doesn’t mean the talent is. Garon will probably start tonight against the Isles as Rick DiPietro gets the start for them.

As for the jersey, it should be said, and hasn’t been enough, THANK YOU BLUE JACKETS for not allowing pictures to leak early! It makes it so much more meaningful to fans and others around the NHL when something new doesn’t get revealed early. Just my .02, but I cannot wait to see the new duds in a couple of hours!

If the Jackets can sneak out a win tonight I can certainly tolerate a split this weekend with the Wings who currently lead the Central Division and Western Conference… shouldn’t be too difficult to get up mentally for that game will it?

Go Jackets.

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