The Lorenzi Line
by Nicholas Lorenzi on 11/15/11 at 03:35 PM ET
Columbus previously thrashed the Jets last Saturday with a score of 2-1 and I’ve been on a joyous bender since then. The composure of the Jets was reminiscent of the game against Anaheim. Like the Ducks they were making lazy passes which made Columbus look like an elite team with how easily they were thwarted by the Jackets.
This was a third jersey win, what was once a curse is turning out to be luck. They are currently two for three with their alternate sweaters. The real key was the man in net who stopped 36 shots, Steve Mason. I’m starting to believe that he or Ian Clark reads Kukla’s Korner after that performance. Earlier I wrote:
Steve, honestly start putting more out there than you should like we’ve seen Marty Brodeur do. Go out there and poke check. I’ve seen so many close shots on you that blow by you that make me shout “poke check!”. When these players play you they treat you like you’re at practice when you’re not challenging them. Get in the face of your adversaries and stop being a punk.
He was on the prowl. Miraculously he survived a break away with his glove acting as an extension of his body. There is nothing in his last performance that couldn’t get us climbing the standings. The goal he let by in the Jets game came to be due to the puck’s momentum. He got his stick on the puck and it still evaded him as it forced its way through.
Not only has Mason woken up but so has his defense. This will need to be top notch for tonight’s game against Dany Heatley, Matt Cullen, Devin Setoguchi and Guillaume Latendresse.; combined they have 20 goals and a +11. To put this perspective our skaters Rick Nash, Vinny Prospal, Ryan Johansen and Grant Clitsome have a collective 17 goals and a -15.
Like Letestu the newly acquired Nikita Nikitin banked his first point as an assist in his first game wearing the Jacket’s sweater. This may be Howson’s saving grace with these two trades. If both continue to produce and a winning streak is conjured from this filth I won’t expect Scott Howson to be packing his bags anytime soon.
His biggest accomplishment t is that Ryan Johansen (drafter in 2010, 1st for Columbus and 4th overall) has scored the game winning goal in all three of the Jacket’s wins. Ryan is really getting in gear his rookie season with 5-2-7 and one of the only other positive plus/minus players on his team with +2; the only others are Derek MacKenzie with a +4 and Nikita Nikitin with a +1. As long as he’s making plays and stays healthy I’m going to be on the lookout for his rookie hat-trick.
This bunch is showing promise and I feel Steve Mason has a chance to take this game and win a few more. I have my faith but I may be confusing it with hope. Validate this tonight Columbus against your step brother the Wild.
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