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JJ’s Three Cheers: 11/06/10 (And a Look Ahead to Southeast Games Tonight)

Gotta play catch-up again first, as yesterday’s minor league update took longer than expected and robbed from some of my otherwise-set-aside-for-writing time. Alas, it’s Saturday morning’s edition of JJ’s Three Cheers.

From Thursday’s games first:

***Cheers to Ottawa’s Jason Spezza, who put up a goal and four points in total, factoring in on all of his club’s offense as the Senators downed the New York Islanders 4-1. Losers of six straight (and outscored 20-5 in their last five contests), consider that quality start to the season officially neutralized and then some for the Isles.

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  Tags: benoit+pouliot, brandon+dubinsky, jaroslav+halak, jason+spezza, loui+eriksson, mathieu+garon

Will Columbus Carry The Momentum Forward?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Hands up all you hockey fans who had the Columbus Blue Jackets winning seven of their first 11 games this season and, on the morning of Nov. 5, sitting with as many wins as the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks.

Yeah, didn’t think so. I know I certainly didn’t see it coming, either.

But before we all coronate the Jackets as this year’s version of the 2009-10 Phoenix Coyotes, a club that stunned the hockey world, understand that the Columbus GM himself isn’t sold just yet.

“We’re still a work in progress,” Howson told ESPN.com Wednesday. “We started strong last year, too, record-wise. So we’re not thinking we’re one of the better teams now. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us and the players know that. We’ve got a lot to prove. That’s our mindset.”

A closer look at the numbers reveals the basis for Howson’s hesitation.


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JJ’s Three Cheers, 11/4/10: Mason, Matsumoto, Jovanovski

The daily toast to last night’s stars around the league (with an extra day to quickly catch up on, thanks to an annoyance in another sector of my life that was completely beyond my control). Now then…

From Tuesday’s games, JJ’s Three Cheers go out to:

***Mathieu Garon of the Columbus Blue Jackets, for a 29-save, 3-0 shutout over Montreal
**Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom, for a 36-save, 1-0 blanking of San Jose
*And big time cheers to Vancouver’s Raffi Torres, whose hat trick led the Canucks to a 4-3 win over Edmonton.

On to last night, with a few highlights to throw around, as usual:

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Talking Columbus Attendance

from Stu Hackel at Habs Inside/Out,

Listening to TSN’s Bob McKenzie on the Team 990 “Morning Show” today, hosts Denis Casavant, Elliott Price and Shaun Starr got him talking about the small crowd last night in Columbus for the Canadiens-Blue Jackets game (which was announced at 10,466, well below the capacity of 17,206 and even their average so far this season of under 12,000). The team has had its lowest ever regular season crowd this year (9,802 for their Oct. 20 game against Anaheim) and are one of four NHL teams playing to early season crowds below 80 percent of their capacity, the others being Phoenix, Dallas and Tampa Bay.

Cassavant asked McKenzie if the league was worried about the Blue Jackets attendance (adding that Commissioner Gary Bettman never professes to be worried about anything).

McKenzie replied that the league’s public stance has been less concerned about the attendance numbers and more focused on the commitment of owners to continue paying the bills when their ticket revenue goes south (no pun intended…well, maybe a little). “And right now,” McKenzie said, “the McConnell family who owns the team haven’t indicated they’re prepared to throw in the towel.”


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Looking For The Real Columbus Blue Jackets

from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

The quick snapshot of the Blue Jackets everyone had hoped to use as a window on the season is a little blurry.

You can squint and hold it anyway you like, but it’s hard to make out. Are those the playoffs we’re looking at or are those the pits? No matter how hard you squint, no matter how closely you look, it’s hard to know for sure.

Last night, the image had a playoff look after a 3-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens. But because this followed a 5-1 loss at the Colorado Avalanche, it’s still hard to know what this means.

The Jackets are only 11 games into an 82-game season. That’s not enough to make sweeping judgments or even judgments that aren’t so sweeping. It would have been convenient if the Jackets had won their first 11 games and set everyone’s mind at ease, or even if they had lost the first 11 and allowed us to set them aside and spend our winter nights reading the complete works of William Shakespeare.

The Blue Jackets are 7-4. In another place at another time, that would be cause for runaway optimism. In a place that has seen one losing playoff series in nine seasons, a place where last season’s 12-6-2 start turned into a disaster, a place with a new, unfamiliar coach and a new system, the tendency is to dwell on three bad losses and shrug.


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Montreal Media Gets To Brassard

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard said he did not sleep well last night, and he woke early this morning. The torment was caused by an interview Brassard gave to Montreal radio station CKAC on Monday evening.

Brassard apologized profusely this morning. He could have chosen his words more carefully, Brassard agreed. But he also said the radio station misconstrued his words and inaccurately portrayed his comments when they posted them on their Web page.

“It’s not something I said that I would take back, but it’s something I would do with other words,” Brassard said. “I didn’t express myself well, and the Montreal media ... they tried to get a headline of me.”...

But here is Brassard’s take, first to the issue that the Blue Jackets should be lumped in with the Atlantas, Floridas and Phoenixes of the world as potential clubs that could relocate to Quebec.

“They ask me a question of the fans and the low attendance in the stands,” Brassard said, “and my answer was ‘Right now we’re not playing well at home, so there’s pretty much no atmosphere. The fans are mad about last year, and we need a better record if they’re going to be behind us.”

The other question was the nuclear bomb, one which Brassard didn’t quite defuse.

“The other question was ‘Are the owners behind your team?’

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Video- Talyor Hall With His First NHL Goal

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Cut From The Same Mold

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Zherdev has one goal in eight games with the Flyers. They are expecting more from him, obviously. GM Paul Holmgren, asked about how Zherdev was doing, basically said it’s early yet. Zherdev hasn’t had much ice time, he hasn’t been inserted on the power play and he doesn’t kill penalties. The rhythm isn’t there, but it’s early yet.

Filatov played well in Sweden but has had his ice time progressively cut. He was demoted to the fourth line three games ago because the 06-07-08 line, with Derek Brassard and Jake Voracek, wasn’t clicking - and Filatov wasn’t paying enough heed in his own end. Sound familiar?

The NHL is a Canada-centric league. In the past, European players, and Russians in particular, have been misused and unfairly singled out for criticism. There is still some of that going around, but the dual standard has softened as generations of Europeans, with an array of qualities, have infiltrated the league. What Philly coaches want from Zherdev is the same that Jackets coaches want from Filatov, or anyone else. They want them to earn their ice time.

As one scout put it last night: “In this league, if you have a 50-second shift, you have to be responsible for 50 seconds. There is something to do whether you have the puck or not. You can’t float.”

The Blue Jackets out-gutted the Flyers and won 2-1 last night. Zherdev had 11:35 of ice time, Filatov 5:46. Enough said.


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  Tags: nikita+filatov, nikolai+zherdev

JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/26/10

It’s time, once again, to raise a glass and offer a toast (figuratively, of course – or not) to the NHL’s stars from a night ago:

***Cheers to Mathieu Garon of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who warded off a Philadelphia Flyers comeback attempt to the tune of 28 saves after goals from rookie Kyle Wilson (his first in the NHL) and Derick Brassard established an early 2-0 lead for the home squad. At 5-3-0, the Blue Jackets are still buried beneath Nashville, Detroit, Chicago and St. Louis in the Western Conference’s Central Division standings, making last night’s key performances from their backup goaltender and a couple of young stars that much more important.

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Blue Jackets Lose Ugly Again

from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

Final score: Flames 6, Jackets 2. And the four-goal margin doesn’t do justice to the domination.

“We got it handed to us,” Arniel said. “That was as big a meat and potatoes game as you could see from another hockey team. Calgary came out and it was real simple, get pucks in and go bang as much as they could.

“Some of our guys took a step back. We had guys who competed, but we had other guys who, I don’t know if they really wanted a part of that.”

It’s the second time in a week—and second time at home—the Jackets were hammered on home ice.

“I knew it wasn’t going to be all roses here early on,” Arniel said. “Of the six games, two of them have been ugly. I mean, rock bottom ugly.”


Also in the game last night, Rick Nash took a two-minute highsticking penalty and a few reports state the league will take a look at it.  I tried to find video, but have been unsuccessful.

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