The Jackets are leaving Florida with three out of four points and have a firm grip on sixth place in the Western Conference.
But, let’s talk about the game tonight.
The Jackets looked they were ready to get back to Columbus. They didn’t seem like they cared to be at the game, and really it was a tough game to watch.
Wait, where did the hockey season go?
Tonight the Jackets played their 72nd game of the season last night. A 3-1 win over the Florida Panthers.
Raffi Torres had a great pass from Huselius and buried his chance to tie the game at 1.
Well, now that win was nice. The Blackhawks were tired from their game last night against the New Jersey Devils and they still managed to get a point out of tonight.
The win tonight tied a franchise record for most points in a season. 80 points and they’re sitting nicely in sixth place in the Western Conference.
The Jackets are now 5-1 with Vermette in the lineup. He has had an immediate impact on the team, and has helped us in every situation.
Well, I honestly can’t complain about the recent stretch of games the Jackets…aside from the last Red Wings game. It was the first time we have been shutout since January 6. The Jackets looked awful to put it plainly, and the Red Wings put on a clinic. The win allowed the Red Wings to clinch a playoff spot.
So, instead of focusing on the negative which I have done for the last 24 hours or so, I want to focus on the positive.
The records just keep falling for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
They had the biggest crowd in the history of the Columbus Blue Jackets, a whopping 19,167 people witnessed the Blue Jackets beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in a shootout.
“Somebody let in these other people today with the funny-colored sweaters,” Hitchcock said, referring to the thousands of Penguins fans. “And it screwed the sound up.”
The best hockey game I’ve ever been to?
Last night. Hands down.
The play was absolutely perfect. It was one of the most intense hockey games I have ever seen.
Blue Jackets fans got a pleasant surprise this morning. Aaron Portzline has joined Twitter Nation!
Great job as always by the Dispatch, for keeping up with the times!
You can follow him @aportzline.
Also, you can follow me @bethanym85.
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Nash scored three unassisted goals last night. The last time that happened was March 14, 1948 when Maurice Richard did it in Madison Square Garden.
That’s pretty good company to keep.
The Jackets had the day off today, but have practice tomorrow. Michael Peca is expected to practice, so hopefully he will be able to play by the end of the week.
Wow, that is the perfect way to end the day!! The Jackets set TWO franchise records tonight. Most goals scored in a game and largest margin of victory. The boys seemed happy, and with good reason. Things were going exactly the way the Blue Jackets wanted and needed tonight.
So here are my thoughts on the game!
The Blue Jackets lost two HUGE points to the Nashville Predators. Give credit where credit is due, Pekka Rinne was outstanding tonight. He made 31 saves, and looked great, it was really my first time watching him play, and I was quite impressed.
The Jackets are now in seventh place in the Western Conference, Saturday we face the Detroit Red Wings in the Joe. We will have Vermette and Klesla back in the lineup.