Entries with the tag: Anaheim Ducks
Sometimes you have the highs, and then you have the lows. The game on Saturday was one of the worst games I have ever seen the boys play. They finished their sixth game in nine days with a loss to the Anaheim Ducks, who had played the night before.
I couldn’t be prouder of this team. We got NINE out of a possible twelve points, that’s nothing to be ashamed of. Back in the day, we would have considered ourselves lucky to get out of this stretch with 6 points. But, the way we lost was what was disappointing. They just weren’t in the game last night.
Think there may have been some ill feelings from the 2007 Memorial Cup?
The Blue Jackets can play 50 minutes of great hockey, but they haven’t proven that they can play a complete hockey game. Here’s Hitchcock on the game.
“For us to win we had to play 60 minutes full out of great hockey and we played 50 minutes (tonight), just like we did in Minnesota. It’s not good enough - you’ve got to win games 2-1.”
We controlled most of the game. The Ducks got on the board first, and then Andrew Murray got a shorthanded opportunity, he missed, but given another opportunity he gave the puck to Novotny, and we scored our first shorthanded goal of the season. Then, the goat line went to work, Brassard scored with assists going to Chimera and Voracek. We were winning 2-1 until halfway through the third period, then our world collapsed, or so it seemed.
Goodness, the Jackets have been busy. Dan LaCosta has been called up, and that means Pazzy is out. He is getting an MRI to see what is going on with the ankle, he keeps hurting it over and over again. Leclaire has been moved to the injured reserve, so he is out for at least the next three games. Steve Mason better prepare himself, because he’s going to be up here soon if this keeps happening. Kris Russell has been sent to Syracuse also. He wasn’t playing up here, and it’s better he play then sit in the press box. Here is Howson on the decision to move him down.
“It’s never great for a young player not to play,” Howson said. “We told him it’s a temporary stay. Go have fun playing hockey.”
He will be playing games on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday and will then hopefully be recalled to the Jackets. Again though, you never know.