by Bethany on 03/11/09 at 02:01 PM ET
The best hockey game I’ve ever been to?
Last night. Hands down.
The play was absolutely perfect. It was one of the most intense hockey games I have ever seen.
The win against the Wings felt good, but this win was 1000 times better.
The fans were into it, we gave the boys a standing ovation halfway through the third. The woman behind me was at her first hockey game, and she was cheering just as loud as anyone else. The Bruins fans were silent. I loved that feeling. The Jackets were applauded on everything they did right, their penalty kill, their power play, everything.
It was a fun night to be a Blue Jackets fan.
Steve Mason was outstanding. He made save after save, I watched him during the warmups closely, I got nervous because he didn’t look good out there. Then I remembered something. When Mason doesn’t look good, or feel good during the warmup he always plays outstanding. The game started and he looked sharp, except for the time where the puck was just laying in the crease - the game still scoreless - and somehow, the puck didn’t go in the net. Here’s the link to his post game interview with Jim Day, this kid is so humble.
Antoine Vermette, welcome to Columbus. He was outstanding in every situation. He made some great plays on the penalty kill which resulted in the Jackets getting a chance to score short-handed chances. He had an assist on the game winning goal, and was named the third star of the night. Instead of being like all the other players, and skating partially out to the middle of the ice, then coming back, he went all the way across and threw his t-shirt to the other side of the arena. It was a small thing to do, but it made me smile. I do agree with Aaron Portzline that Vermette is going to be centering Nash and Huselius shortly.
Rick Nash scored the empty netter to put the Bruins away. He is leading this team, he had so many chances last night and played like a beast.
Raffi Torres scored the game winner. I never know what to think about him, I followed him the entire night, I saw him make a few mistakes, but for the most part, I really liked what I saw. It seems like his injury isn’t bothering him anymore. Let’s just hope he stays healthy for playoff time.
Jackets don’t get a break, the Pens are coming to town on Thursday. Coach Hitchcock is going to be honored for his 500th victory. Go down to Nationwide and show some love for one of the men who helped give this organization an identity. Don’t forget, if you are a student to take advantage of the Rush CBJ program. $25 for lower bowl tickets and $15 for upper bowl.
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