The Lorenzi Line
by Nicholas Lorenzi on 10/28/11 at 05:30 AM ET
Columbus 2 - Buffalo 4
The first five minutes of the game seemed to set the tone but the fans in Columbus were disappointed once more. The Blue Jackets came heavy early on and Cody Bass would not stop trying to get a fight in his favor going. The game totaled 42 penalty minutes giving Columbus six empty power plays. It was no surprise to witness this when historically Columbus has never had a working special unit. Unfortunately Buffalo has the second best penalty kill in the NHL.
Goaltender Steve Mason was being beat with solid efforts by the Buffalo skaters and two of their power plays. Bounces weren’t going his way and his men in front weren’t able to collect the rubber around him. Simply said Columbus was out-played on their setup. Both goals were from the individual efforts of Vinny Prospal and Fedor Tyutin; James Wisniewski also rang a puck off the post from 23 feet out after a deflection off Enroth’s glove.
This wasn’t entirely a one sided game. The tenacity of Columbus made way for 43 shots, outshooting Buffalo every period; they totaled 26 shots. Vinny Prospal explained that there were no second chances. Recently returned James Wisniewski defended their performance and compared it to the Dallas Stars game where Columbus outshot Dallas 40-18 “You run into a hot goalie—When it turns and we open the flood gates watch out.” Once again Wisniewski was on the ice longer than both team’s skaters with 20:49.
Columbus was suffocated toward the end of the game and was disheartened in the last 3 minutes with a highsticking penalty being called on Fedor Tyutin that resulted in a fourth goal.
Columbus notched their first win against Detroit 2 days before, currently they are 1-8-1 but are currently ranked 19th for Goals For (23) while remaining 26th in Goals Against (34). With 3 points and being dead last in the entire league Columbus needs to “ignite the night” and play “hardcore hockey”; their words, not mine.
Fans are hungry and would like to see 20 points out of the possible 28 from now to the end of November. I wouldn’t be surprised if the team that beat Detroit returns to the ice soon to go on a streak after a game on the road. Most of their previous splashes in the league started with a road win that they bring home and ride he hell out of; only time will tell.
Rick Nash has been held pointless in two games and with just 9 points in 11 games the last two seasons. This Saturday against Chicago we may see that end. Center Sammy Pahlsson and Defensemen Marc Methot and James Wisniewski are still looking for their first points of the season.
Goaltending still looks grim with York on the bench backing Mason up; so continues the hope that Mason looks alive and he isn’t the only one attempting to keep the biscuit out of their oven. Columbus looks to be shell shocked from their losing streak still and needs to get over it, there is still plenty of time to catch up being only 4 wins out from being in the race again; is it already too early to fear being out of the playoffs?
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