by Bethany on 04/18/09 at 12:04 AM ET
Ah, I have been chompin at the bit to get on here and blog about the Blue Jackets first playoff game, and now a day later I finally get to.
I suppose the game has two different parts to it. The first half where the Blue Jackets played the way they were supposed to and the second half when they shut it down for the night and made some mistakes (I’m looking at you Manny and your butt Hejda) and a tied playoff hockey game was soon a 3-1 game, which then became a 4-1 hockey game.
Umberger is back to his playoff form, he was the best player for the Blue Jackets…the worst? I’m going to have to give that to Antoine Vermette…he took stupid penalties, and just seemed to not “flow” with the game.
Hitchcock has promised changes. He will deliver changes.
Lidstrom was on Nash every second of the night, and well, Nash was held scoreless.
The Jackets got chances but weren’t able to score, shocker, on the power play. Osgood was pretty good last night too.
I want to talk a little about the fan experience. It was the first playoff game that I’ve watched and actually had MY team playing. I mean sure, I tend to go for the Devils every year (my Brodeur love is great), but actually having your team out there on the ice is a completely different experience.
I was an emotional wreck, the first period I screamed, held onto a pillow and walked the floor, and at some points looked away, it got scary.
Then the first goal for Detroit went in. I went to grab a drink and as I was walking in the kitchen, Umberger scored. I dropped everything and started jumping up and down.
RJ Umberger was the first Columbus Blue Jacket to score a playoff goal and so far, it’s the only one.
Then, the game fell apart and so did I, it’s hard enough watching the playoffs, but watching your team go down like that sucks and makes it even harder to start doing homework after the game.
All in all, my first playoff game where I am emotionally attached was….well, it was pretty awful, but I loved it (now if we could just win).
And what would the playoffs be without a little drama?
Hitchcock and Williams are calling the Red Wings cheaters in the dots and apparently tomorrow night we’re going to cheat also.
I believe it…but the Jackets let up in the second half of the game. If they kept the pressure on, we would have had a shot at that game even though the Wings turned up the heat. And give them credit, they played well the last half of the game.
Oh well, it’s time to move on and start thinking about game two. Which Jacket fans are going up tomorrow? Depending on when I get off work, depends on when/if I go.
Make sure you wear your blue, and cheer the boys on.
And here’s a message for the CBJ. You had your game where you adjusted to playoff hockey. That’s all you get. Hop in the game, and play as well as you did the first half of the game. Don’t let up, don’t give in. You CAN do this.
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