The four game winless streak is finished. I’m not too thrilled with the game last night. There was not a bit of rythym to it, and well, if there was, I didn’t see it.
There weren’t very many positives from the game. Four power play goals and one short-handed goal were allowed last night. On a good note, Steve Mason was not at fault for most of the goals, blame the defense who offered him no help.
The new Columbus Blue Jackets apparently don’t care about the fact that The Pepsi Center is not always kind to us. The Jackets went into the game struggling, and then once Steve Mason’s franchise record shutout streak was broken, something clicked, they got mad, and they took over. They dominated the play and ended up rolling to a 6-1 victory. Goals were scored by Commodore, Umberger, Voracek, Nash on the penalty shot, and Huselius with two.
It was so weird being out of the Blue Jackets loop for two days, and covering two teams, that are our biggest rivals. It made me realize a few things. First, I love the Columbus Blue Jackets, don’t get me wrong, I had an amazing two days, probably the best two days I have ever had, but watching them made me realize the Blue Jackets are my team. Second, I love seeing Steve Mason in net, and missing the Ducks game, was killer for me. I had some great friends who kept me updated on what was going on, but still I missed seeing my rookie goaltender post his third shutout. And, third, Chicago taxi drivers are on a mission to give you a heart attack.
According to Puck-Rakers Mason won rookie of the month for December, it’s his second month receiving the honor, and third month in a row that a Blue Jacket has received the honor, starting with Brassard in October. I will be posting more on this later, when an official announcement is made.
The Jackets are playing the Kings tonight, Mason is in net for the Blue Jackets, and Quick is in net again for the Kings. I found it interesting that Hitchcock wanted to shake things up with the goaltender and put Leclaire in, but that’s just me. Mason is riding a shutout and is obviously the hot goaltender and you have to go with that.
The Blue Jackets flew to LA today, so there wasn’t a practice, but there are still things to talk about.
More than likely we will be starting Calder candidate, Steve Mason.
Hey all! I hope you all had a happy holidays!! I am finally back into the real world which means I have a computer that is able to connect to the internet, and can actually read what has been going on with the Blue Jackets.
There are rumors going on that the Jackets are preparing to make trade, no clue with who, or for who, and who we are shopping. Anyone want Backman?
It’s not over for the Jackets, at least according to Michael Arace.
I believe him, but more on that later this evening.
Of course with Tom Reed mentioning the name Doug Weight yesterday, I thought it might be over.
Brassard’s season is over. He suffered a dislocated shoulder in his fight against Neal in Dallas. He is facing surgery that will take 4-6 months to recover.
This is a huge blow for the Jackets, who are going to be forced to make some sort of move, as we have lost the only productive center. Sorry RJ.
So, what are the Jackets going to do?
Here’s the Blue Jackets Christmas Q & A. This is more entertaining than talking about the game last night, and considering we’re still waiting on the MRI results for Brassard, this will have to hold you over until then.