WOO! I love when we get shutout wins. My question is who chose the stars of the game? I know Mason only saw 15 shots, but it was his first career shutout, and he played great tonight. He should have at least received one of the stars. Here’s how they went:
1. Rick Nash
2. Ondrej Pavelec
3. Jason Chimera
Rusty Klesla has been placed on IR. He apparently is going to be out for at least two weeks. With Rusty on IR it opened up a spot for Derek Dorsett to be called up. I think this is a great move. I didn’t want Dorsett to be sent down in the first place, and now that he is up, I don’t expect him to go down. Dorsett adds toughness, something you’d think we would have with Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and Jared Boll.
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.”
I think saying “Undefeated at Home” is a little much at this point. However, we are 2-0 at home, very exciting! Derek Dorsett scored the game winning goal, his first in the NHL and against one of the best goaltenders in the league. Here’s Dorsett on his first goal:
“It was a huge relief, probably one of the biggest celebrations I’ve done after a goal. It’s just really exciting and I’m glad that I got it.”
We’re glad you got it too Derek. The Blue Jackets played two really great periods, and had a bit of a breakdown in the third, and Pascal Leclaire was outstanding.
The Blue Jackets have now played three games and are getting ready to open up at home tomorrow night, against the Nashville Predators. Let’s talk about the things that are working for the Blue Jackets.
The “goat” line, I am a huge fan of that name for the record. Chimera, Brassard, and Voracek are absolutely tearing it up for the Blue Jackets, that line is working, and they look great together. Brassard has two goals and one assist and is a plus-3. Chimera is leading the team in assists, and is a plus-2, and Voracek has a goal and an assist and is a plus-1.
Rick Nash has taken it upon himself to carry the team, the only problem is he can’t score. He has had four breakaways and has been unable to capitalize on them. Knowing Nash and how his goals tend to come in spirts, He has scored one goal, and has sixteen shots on goal. Against San Jose the Nash, Umberger, and Huselius line had 19 shots, the team as a whole had 33. They are bound to get hot and start scoring.
The Blue Jackets missed Michael Peca right from the beginning as one by one the Blue Jackets headed to the penalty box. The game was practically handed to the Coyotes, without much of a fight from any of the Blue Jackets players. The Jackets couldn’t get anything going, and the only bright spots were Pascal Leclaire who made some great saves, Rick Nash who tried to carry the team but had no luck getting anything into the net, and Derick Brassard who scored the lone goal for the Blue Jackets. Luckily, it’s a long season and we still have 80 more games to go and if we keep taking all these penalties it’s going to be a REALLLLLY long season.