A HUGE congrats to Coach Ken Hitchcock who earned his 500th win as an NHL Coach. He’s the best thing that has ever happened to the Columbus Blue Jackets, and one of the best in the league. Thank you Hitch for giving the Jackets an identity.
The Blue Jackets beat the St. Louis Blues last night to move up to sixth in the Western Conference. They played the game for 40 minutes and then the final period, as Hitch said, “Played the score.” They almost gave the Blues a point, but were able to pull it out, thanks to Steve Mason.
The third period was pathetic, we sat back and let the Blues score two goals to make it a one goal game. It was unacceptable, and one of the periods that make Hitchcock “hate coaching.”
The Jackets lost in a skill competition last night. RJ Umberger was an absolute beast for the Blue Jackets last night. He set a franchise record by scoring two goals 89 seconds apart. It was a game that the Jackets should have won. We had every opportunity to win, but we didn’t capitalize on our chances - shocker, I know.
I feel like the Columbus Blue Jackets have become the Goonies. They never say “die” or quit I guess you could say. After beating the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night, the Jackets came back and got a victory against the Carolina Hurricanes. The victory put us with 61 points, and sixth in the Western Conference. The goal for this team is to be fifth, so we are getting there slowly but surely. The game against Dallas tomorrow is a huge one for us.
But, more on the game last night. Steve Mason played again for us, and showed us - again - why he is our number one goaltender. He is leading the league in GAA with a 2.06, and seven shutouts. Last night he got his 21st victory. This kid just keeps getting better and better. Imagine what he will be like a few seasons from now.
Steve Mason is back in all his glory. I got home from work pretty excited to turn on the game, only to see the Red Wings tie it up at 2, I immediately turned off the game and made other plans. I am pretty superstitious when it comes to things like that. I was in the movies watching Friday the 13th when I got a text letting me know that my boys had pulled out the win. I couldn’t have been happier.
The Jackets have beat the Sharks and the Wings twice in a row.
It’s Friday the 13th, the Blue Jackets have sent goaltender Dan LaCosta down to Syracuse and you know what that means…he’s back!! Steve Mason, the Blue Jackets savior, no longer has mono, and will be starting against the Red Wings tonight.
Which I guess isn’t good news for Henrik Zetterberg. In a recent media call here’s how it went.
Reporter: “Who has been the toughest goaltender you’ve faced this season, and why?”
Zetterberg: “Well, the toughest goaltender we faced this year you know what? I will say Columbus.”
Reporter: “Steve Mason.”
The last month or so, I have had so much on my mind that it’s started to affect my sleep. So, I lay around at night and I tend to think about things that make me happy. Family, friends, you name it, it runs through my mind at some point in the night.
So, last night as I was laying in bed, I came up with a theory.
My favorite part of the season so far? Sweeping the season series against the Avs. Why you may ask? Foote is actually the last of the reasons. One, the Avs have been like that mean older brother who continually beat you. We just couldn’t solve them…until Hitchcock came around, and we got rid of old Footer. Second, this is a team we needed to beat, and losing all the games against the Coyotes we had to sweep someone and we just got lucky that it was someone who we hate as much as we hate the Avs.
Rusty Klesla is heading back to the IR according to Puck-Rakers. Injuries have plagued the defenseman most of this season. He suffered a separated shoulder in the game last night against the Avs. Here’s the word from Puck-Rakers.
Jackets defenseman Rusty Klesla will miss the next two to three weeks with a slight separation of his left shoulder. He was injured in the first period of Tuesday night’s 3-0 win over the Avalanche. He played eight more shifts in the second period before sitting out the third.
The Jackets probably will send Klesla back on injured reserve, where he seems to have spent most of the season with foot injuries. That might be good news for rookie goaltender Dan LaCosta.
Much more later…after classes.
Tonight the Blue Jackets have the opportunity to sweep the season series against the Avs. It can be done. The Avs are battered, and without the services of their captain, Sakic.
We have to play smart hockey. We have to play the same way we did against the Sharks.
Dan LaCosta in nets, and there may be some scratches, due to the flu which is making it’s way through everyone apparently. Methot has been hit hard and according to Puck-Rakers has lost six pounds.