Entries with the tag: Detroit Red WIngs
My cousin (the Preds fan) asked me on the way home if I had to choose getting swept in the playoffs or just not making it at all which would I choose.
Without thinking I chose getting swept in the playoffs. The Columbus Blue Jackets earned their spot and while we had an extremely short run, it was amazing.
The Jackets came to play tonight, and they were able to come back to tie the game…twice.
The crowd was amazing, almost deafening at times, they got behind the Jackets and pushed them to be better.
That’s the situation the Blue Jackets are in tonight as the puck drops on game four.
The Blue Jackets have only scored two goals in this series, both courtesy of RJ Umberger.
Game three was the best I’ve seen the Jackets play in the playoffs, but again they came up short, and well, it was quite the depressing scene. The building was set to go crazy if the Blue Jackets got into the game.
Jackets are down 0-3 in the series, I am down with the plague it seems like, and quite frankly I can’t put this game into words yet…but here, enjoy Commodore spending some time in the Red Wings bench.
Vermette practiced on the top line with Rick Nash on his right and Huselius on his left. I suppose we will see tomorrow if it’s going to pay off. If I am thinking on a level as a coach…we need the offense and this is something to spark the offense. With my thinking I’m not one for rewarding a player who isn’t playing well and Vermette hasn’t played well this series. Of course if they score some goals tomorrow then I will just eat my words.
Vermette has the speed and the skill to play with Nash and Juice, and that’s why we brought him in.
Tomorrow night the Blue Jackets play their first ever HOME playoff game. Nationwide has always been kind to the Blue Jackets, and hopefully it will remain the same tomorrow.
And I can admit when the Blue Jackets play like crap and they did tonight.
And, well I’m not a big fan of this. I mean really? That’s like something Sean Avery would do.
The only bright spot on the night was Derek Dorsett, and that is sad. Rick Nash didn’t show up. He played a little over 16 minutes, Dorsett a little under 10, I would have felt better if Dorsett was out there
If we want to win a game, yeah that’s right I said A meaning ONE game, our best players have to be our best players and they simply weren’t tonight.
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.
It’s the day that Blue Jackets fans have waited eight seasons for.
It’s a game that I would give my right foot to be at.
Instead I’m having a gathering at my house to cheer on the Jackets as they enter their first playoff game.
As I sit here watching the Penguins and the Flyers game, I am getting anxious for the game tomorrow.
You know the first EVER playoff game that the Columbus Blue Jackets have ever played.
We’re the underdog, but stat of the day courtesy of Light the Lamp:
“Since Colorado in 2002, no defending Stanley Cup champion has got past the first round of the playoffs. Holland chalks it up to parity across the NHL and motivation.”
Fredrik Modin might be back for game one against Detroit. Kristian Huselius is ready to go, and don’t hold your breath but Derick Brassard MIGHT be back as soon as game 3.
That’s a lot of fire power. If Brass is back by game 3, I expect the return of the goat line, you remember that one with Voracek and Chimera.
I am so ready for the series to start it’s getting a little ridiculous. My tickets for game four came in the mail today and I carried them around with me and showed them to whoever would look.
We have an opponent, and well, we know the enemy really well.
We played them six times this season, we beat them 8-2 the last time we played them in the Joe.
It’s the Detroit Red Wings.
Well, I honestly can’t complain about the recent stretch of games the Jackets…aside from the last Red Wings game. It was the first time we have been shutout since January 6. The Jackets looked awful to put it plainly, and the Red Wings put on a clinic. The win allowed the Red Wings to clinch a playoff spot.
So, instead of focusing on the negative which I have done for the last 24 hours or so, I want to focus on the positive.
Steve Mason is back in all his glory. I got home from work pretty excited to turn on the game, only to see the Red Wings tie it up at 2, I immediately turned off the game and made other plans. I am pretty superstitious when it comes to things like that. I was in the movies watching Friday the 13th when I got a text letting me know that my boys had pulled out the win. I couldn’t have been happier.
The Jackets have beat the Sharks and the Wings twice in a row.
It’s Friday the 13th, the Blue Jackets have sent goaltender Dan LaCosta down to Syracuse and you know what that means…he’s back!! Steve Mason, the Blue Jackets savior, no longer has mono, and will be starting against the Red Wings tonight.
Which I guess isn’t good news for Henrik Zetterberg. In a recent media call here’s how it went.
Reporter: “Who has been the toughest goaltender you’ve faced this season, and why?”
Zetterberg: “Well, the toughest goaltender we faced this year you know what? I will say Columbus.”
Reporter: “Steve Mason.”
The last month or so, I have had so much on my mind that it’s started to affect my sleep. So, I lay around at night and I tend to think about things that make me happy. Family, friends, you name it, it runs through my mind at some point in the night.
So, last night as I was laying in bed, I came up with a theory.
The Wings were without two of their best players, and lost another player during the game. Rick Nash took advantage of the situation, and carried the Blue Jackets into victory. Nash scored a short-handed goal, a power play goal, and an even strength goal in OT, to give the Jackets two crucial points. What a game.
The Jackets came out flying, but Hossa scored on the power play to give the Wings a lead. The Blue Jackets hopped on their captains back, and followed his lead, and won the game. Mason had a decent night, but he wasn’t the story, for the first time this season.
Your friendly Blue Jackets blogger took the All-Star break off, sort of, to get some much needed rest. It was however unintentional, I just needed a break…from everything.
If you want my thoughts on what is going on with the Red Wings vs. the NHL, I think it’s great…only because they will miss a game against my boys. However, it’s not fair, and a player should not be forced to go to the All-Star Game, or to do as Crosby did. If they feel it is in their best interest to skip the game, then they should. Lidstrom is one of the classiest players in the NHL, and I would much rather have him in a regular season game (even against my team) than serving a suspension for not showing up at the All-Star Game. If Mason was suspended for skipping out of the YoungStars game, I would be throwing a fit also.
The Winter Classic is in Chicago this year, and I am one of the lucky ones that gets to go!
So any suggestions that you may have about what do New Years Eve let me know!
With a little help from Hossa. This was the best part of the game…at least for a Blue Jackets fan.
For the second game in a row the Jackets proved that they can’t finish a game. Tonight, the issue was, among other things the goaltending. Leclaire let in some bad goals, he was not at his best, he didn’t make the saves he should have. With that being said, the Jackets have got to work on their aim. I don’t know how many chances Torres, Huselius, and Nash had tonight but they couldn’t put the puck in the back of the net.