by Bethany on 03/22/09 at 01:57 PM ET
Wait, where did the hockey season go?
Tonight the Jackets played their 72nd game of the season last night. A 3-1 win over the Florida Panthers.
Raffi Torres had a great pass from Huselius and buried his chance to tie the game at 1.
Then, Raffi Torres scored again to make the game 2-1 Jackets. His celebration was priceless, he fell on the ice got up and got his congratulations from the bench while everyone laughed at him. His face was red, partly because he was embarrassed and partly because he had more than likely spent too much time in the Florida sun.
Antoine Vermette sealed the deal with the empty-netter.
This was a game both teams needed, and the way it was going I wasnt going to be surprised to see the Jackets lose. Then Raffi happened. Howson said he would be like this is a quote that has been going around today so I may as well use it. This is exactly what Howson said he would be, he would go long periods of time without being noticed and then bam, two goals to win the game.
The Jackets set some more records last night, the most points in a season (82 and counting) and the most road wins, 15.
Steve Mason was very good all night, and had one glorious save that really stands out on Stephen Weiss. I thought that the first period the Jackets played extremely well but the period ended with the Panthers leading 1-0.
The Jackets were able to do something the rarely do. In fact the last game that comes to mind that we did this is January 5, 2007 where the Jackets beat the Ducks 4-3 in the Honda Center.
The Jackets have the day off today and resume practice tomorrow, and then play the Lightning on Tuesday.
With 10 games remaining the Jackets are sitting in sixth place in the Western Conference with 82 points. The Jackets are five points ahead of the 8th place Nashville Predators, if the Jackets go .500 the rest of the way, they will get in. Crazy. Aaron Portzline is already calling it, saying we’re in. The only teams in the West to have secured a playoff spot are the Detroit Red Wings and the San Jose Sharks. I am still nervous, but I believe in this team, the coach, the GM, all of them. I know that they can do it. How exciting is this for the fans? Jump on the band wagon, it’s going to be a fun ride.
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