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The Jackets got the victory in Edmonton, thanks to Raffi Torres and Steve Mason.

The team got back to the basics and did what it had to do to get the victory.  Steve Mason recorded his eighth shutout of this season and for the first time since coming back from mono, he looked like he was rested and ready for the game.  I do wonder when Dubie is going to get a start.

The Canucks got the victory last night moving them to 70 points, and they’re at fifth in the Western Conference.  Jackets are at sixth, tomorrow should be an intense game between these two.

But, onto other matters.  As Paul wrote earlier, Tom Reed had an intense look at the War Room.  This season it does seem like all the calls are going against the Blue Jackets, but I try to remember that they’re just doing a job.  It’s difficult, but I try.  I love this Howson quote:

“While we did not agree with the calls on the high stick in Minnesota and the kick in Dallas, we have moved on and are focused on the playoff race,” Howson said via e-mail. “Any suggestions we may have to improve the system will be expressed to the league in the proper forum.”

Howson is always the guy who says the right things, but you know deep down he is absolutely livid about those plays, but he won’t let anyone see it.

The CBC had a piece on fighting in hockey on The Fifth Piece.  It features the “Nasty Mirasty” and you really should take the time to watch it.  It’s a little over fourty minutes, but a great watch and very, very well done.  Thanks Teebz for sending me the link.

Arace wrote a piece comparing the Crew to the Jackets.  Like I said this is a place that the Jackets have never been before.  It’s a fun ride, it’s nice to finally know what it’s like to just be in a playoff race.  Tomorrow is March 1st, and for the first time in franchise history we will spend the month of March playing games that mean something, and on Wednesday at the deadline, we will be buyers.  I will have a look at some possible choices for the Jackets sometime tonight.
Here are some more thoughts on the game from Thursday.

*Our fourth line was great.  Gratton looked outstanding in his Jackets debut, and seemed to fit right in with the system.

*The third line was probably the best line of the night, Torres getting in a fight and scoring the only goal of the game had to feel good for the man.  He’s had a tough season, but when he’s in the lineup he is always throwing hits and giving it his all

*Roloson drives me absolutely insane - apparently I’m not the only one.  Aaron Portzline threw out this quote in his game blog.

OK, I’ll say it. Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson is the whiniest player in the NHL. Every game, an issue. Yes, Jared Boll bumped him a few times and he could have been called for goaltender interference early in the game. But Roloson acts a little girl who had her pigtails yanked. Not very flattering, really.

At least I’m not that mean.

Huge game for the Jackets tomorrow, so make sure to come by for the live blog tomorrow.


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