Alright Jackets fans, I had my volleyball game last night and so I missed the first period, and part of the second. I missed the first three goals of the hockey game. So, I can’t really tell you what happened or who did what in the first bit. I do know this Derick Brassard is probably one of the best hockey players I have ever seen, even if he was still battling the flu a little bit.
Steve Mason, playing in his first NHL game, and fourth game since he went down in April, let in four goals, but did what he had to do and got us the win. He kept his cool and didn’t let it bother him that he let in those two quick goals from Edmonton. Mason is going to be a solid goaltender for us in the VERY near future, and it was nice to finally see him on the ice, in a Jackets uniform. Tomorrow he will be facing Jaroslav Halak in goal when we play the Montreal Canadiens. Here’s Mason on the last 1:19 of the game:
I just received word that Mason is starting tonight against the Edmonton Oilers…apparently this came right out of Hitch’s mouth.
I will have more later, when I’m not in class and being a slacker.
Derick Brassard to the lineup tonight after having flu-like symptoms. Tom Reed said that he’s not 100% so it is likely that Manny Malhotra will still see some time on the goat line. I’m just glad he’s back, we were really missing his spark against the Oilers. Now he can go back to chasing the Calder!
Rusty Klesla is also out for the second game in a row. While it is disappointing, we have Ole-Kristian Tollefsen that is able to come in and play, and when he has been in, he has been solid.
As you know, Steve Mason, is coming up to the Blue Jackets. Pascal Leclaire will be out longer than expected, and Norrena hasn’t been that good for us, and Dan LaCosta hasn’t been given a chance, and was sent down when Mason was called up. Mason is not expected to play tomorrow night against the Oilers but start either Friday or Saturday.
Aaron Portzline spoke to Scott Howson and Coach Hitchcock about Mason’s call up, and here’s part of it via the Crunch Hockey Blog.
I already got my vote on, so now I can talk about the most disappointing game to date. The Blue Jackets had a solid first period, everything was going their way but they couldn’t get anything by goaltender Joey MacDonald. A big collapse happened in the second and the NHL’s worst team was able to score three goals against us, including one shortie.
“You give our guys credit for coming back,” Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said. “But the hole we dug in the second period was frustrating for everybody.”
Bad news Jackets fans…Derick Brassard the kid leading the league in rookie scoring, is out tonight, due to illness. Manny Malhotra will be centering the second line, and Jiri Novotny comes in the lineup.
Also, Rostislav Klesla is a game time decision. Ugh, not good news.
Get well soon, boys.
Also, Dorsett was chosen to be sent down.
The Blue Jackets have Freddy Modin back in the lineup. That means that either Picard or Dorsett will be sent down before the game. Picard has to clear waivers to be sent down, Dorsett does not. My gut feeling is that it’s Dorsett that gets sent down. I don’t think that the Blue Jackets want to risk losing Picard, but you never know with this team. Tonight the Jackets are facing the worst team in the NHL, standings wise at least.
I apologize for this post taking so long to get up, but my computer decided to crap out on me yesterday afternoon, right when I started NaNoWriMo. But, I am back in action now thanks to the wonderful guy at the Genius Bar.
Anyway onto the game, the Blue Jackets lost to the Chicago Blackhawks last night in a shootout. No shocker there, whenever we go to a shootout I just expect to lose. We very rarely score, and I don’t know what the problem is. Well I know what the problem was tonight, we were facing a goalie who wanted to win. My mom insists it’s the speed that they go down, but I don’t agree. We have the skill, we just struggle on breakaways. I personally thought it was interesting that Rick Nash was put in on the shootout. He is 0-8 on breakaways this season, and is in a bit of a point slump, but what can you do. Here’s who I would have put in on the shootout, Brassard, Voracek, and Chimera…yup, the goat line.
Victory. Sometimes, you just need to score some goals, get awesome goaltending, and well have a Calder Trophy candidate (or two) on your team, and you get…A WIN! Fredrik Norrena had a great night, stopping 30 of 32 shots. Brassard, Chimera, Murray, and Hejda all scored last night. Hejda scored his first goal in 115 games, and yes, it was his second goal in the NHL. Here’s the best quote of the night from Jan Hejda:
“It’s hard to for me to say which of my two goals was more beautiful.”
Something great happens. Not that anything great has happened with the Blue Jackets today, well yet. Something is going to happen good with us. You can’t be on a downward spiral forever, eventually you will come out, and everything will be okay. It’s something I tell myself everyday, not because of my team, but because life in general is hard.
This is going to get a little personal, but what the heck, this is my blog and I can write what I want, and eventually I will get to the point.