I will have more thoughts on this road trip tomorrow. But, here’s the play where Tollefsen got hurt. According to Jim Day on the post game show he received 8-9 stitches, and the x-rays are negative so he is going to be okay. This is the fight where he got hurt, he fell down awkwardly and hit his head.
In what had to have been the worst game of the season, in terms of play and entertainment, the Jackets lost to the Kings and got shutout by a team that played the night before. The Jackets and Kings COMBINED for five shots on goal in the first period. Here’s what Kings goaltender Jason LaBarbera had to say about about the first period.
“That first period might have been one of the most boring periods I have ever seen. There was nothing going on.”
The Blue Jackets made a great video showing highlights of Mason. They did a great job on it. Congrats again, Steve!
Wow. I can’t believe the way the Blue Jackets played last night. They were all over the Sharks in the first and if it hadn’t been for the great play of Nabokov, the Jackets would have been leading the game by more than just a goal. Here’s Sharks Coach Todd McLellan on Nabokov:
“He won us the game,” Sharks Coach Todd McLellan said of netminder Evgeni Nabokov. “He was easily the first, second and probably the third star of the night.”
Well, at least I’m thankful for my hockey team.
I tend to not pay attention to the power rankings, because quite frankly the only ranking that matters is the actual standings. But, if you’re into that sort of thing, check out LTL for his weekly run down on the Jackets in the power rankings.
But, this little gem, upset me.
Earlier this year, Stefan Legein quit hockey. I found out via an e-mail, and I was absolutely heart broken. Legein was one of my favorite prospects and it was absolutely devastating. Now, Legein has decided to come back.
‘‘I am planning to go to Columbus at the beginning of January and from there I hope to be going to Syracuse (of the American League),’’ Legein told TSN. ‘‘That’s the plan. I am looking forward to it. It’s time.’‘
I was getting ready to write about the game when I read this. Norrena signed in Sweden. Uhm, wait, what? He has every right to leave, he’s not playing, however, he does have to ask permission.
So I went to the link he provided that claimed he had signed, translated it, and here is what I got:
Who adores their rookie goaltender?
And, apparently the NHL also. Steve Mason was named rookie of the month, following Derick Brassard who was rookie of the month for October. Here’s the press release from the league.
So, with yesterday being my last day of vacation so to speak, I took a day off blogging, and did a ton of homework that I had neglected over Thanksgiving break. I don’t want to talk much about the game on Saturday, other than it was a convincing win. Not only did the defense shut down Ovechkin, but Steve Mason was a brick wall and stopped all the shots he faced. He dazzled the fans with his glove hand, his pad saves, and just all around perfect performance.
So, after seeing some of the
worst goaltending I have seen in a while we head back to Nationwide Arena to face the Washington Capitals. The Caps are coming off a huge win against Montreal. Brent Johnson will be in net for the Caps, and Mason will be in net for us.
I’m heading up to the game tonight and it should be good fun.