The Lorenzi Line
by Nicholas Lorenzi on 10/31/11 at 04:07 PM ET
Columbus 3 - Anaheim 1
After a night without Mason and the 5-2 loss to Chicago the Blue Jackets bounced back. Like every season the Pacific coast gave us an early win. What was the key to this? Takeaways. Currently Columbus leads the league in takeaways, just like the win against Detroit this last game against the Ducks was made possible by way of intercepting and rushing with the puck.
Columbus looked strong and never let up; luckily Mason was on fire and made some key saves. The break from play during the Chicago game, where Allen York played in his place, really did a number on his spirit. No team should play their starting goaltender 10 times straight with only 1 win. It could have been the R and R or the colors he wore. Both wins he was wearing different colored gear. Maybe it’s the feeling you get when you wear your favorite shirt but last night was in the third jersey (which is surprising since their third jersey record is atrocious) and the win against Detroit was in purple pads for breast cancer.
The game started with a two man advantage from a high stick and a boarding call both against Clitsome. Then a goal, in fact it was a Columbus goal. Rick Nash had the puck on his stick and the Ducks gave him one too many seconds to see his shot. He popped that sucker in no problem. This was the sixth power play goal for the Blue Jackets.
Continuing to forecheck and blocking shots the Jackets had this game in the bag. Then out of nowhere Bobby Ryan beat Mason’s glove, which wasn’t even up. Close range shot with speed, I don’t blame Steve for letting this one by. Scoring chances continue for Columbus regardless.
The first fight of the game broke out a minute after Ryan’s goal. Dorsett and Brookbank threw down and neither could have been marked a victor. Five minutes later Russell and Cogliano also went at it, Kris Russell plastered Cogliano into the boards before the fight. 44 seconds later Getzlaf and rookie Cody Bass engaged in fisticuffs. The crowd lost their minds at this spectacle and morale was boosted.
Early in the second period rookie Ryan Johansen was speeding down the ice and beat Duck’s goaltender Ellis’s blocker side with a backhand to make it 2-1. The first Anaheim power play came a minute later from a tripping call but nothing came of it. The refs decided on another Duck’s power play by calling cross checking on Wisniewski who only nudged a played that was in front of Mason. It was a bunk penalty but what can you do? Nothing came of either power play.
Cycling the puck on the blue line during a Jacket’s forecheck all came up Milhouse after Wisniewski passed the puck back to Tyutin who buried the biscuit from 54 feet out. 3-1 Jackets, coach Scott Arniel is again stunned. Play continued but was interrupted by the fourth fight of the game. Again Dorsett and Brookbank tied up for a rematch. Dorsett had the disadvantage in height but still gave Brookbank some blows to think about in the box.
Play continued and Anaheim could not regain their composure and sustained their sloppy play till the end of the game.
Columbus boosted the confidence of Steve Mason and Wisniewski continues his point streak; he is currently at four points in three games. Wingers Nash and Prospal lead Columbus with 10 points and defenseman Aaron Johnson follows with 5.
The next game is on Thursday against Toronto. This four game rest will give Columbus time to breathe and continuing winning. We will be looking to see Jeff Carter back in time for this game but it is still up in the air. The real diving force has yet to be seen from Columbus. The return of Carter(foot), Boll(thumb), Methot(thumb) and especially Huselius(chest) will give the Jackets a huge push into more wins and a bigger presence on the ice.
EDIT(ALSO): I forgot to mention that James Wisniewski is leading the NHL in Time on Ice with an average of 28:30. Granted he’s only played four games but it shows that he’s flooding the ice with time since he was shelved with a suspension prior to the start of the season. He’s been on the ice longer than any player on both sides every game since he’s been back.
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