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Jackets get a capital win

Last night the Columbus veterans dished goals to the prospects. First for Columbus was Cam Atkinson who buried the biscuit with a tight backhand to the five hole after excellent passing from Rick Nash and David Savard. From there Maksim Mayorov and David Savard both notched a goal and an assist. In any case the Capitals knotted the score at 3 and brought it to overtime. 2:36 into the OT Alexandre Giroux slapped in a power play goal for the win and the small crowd went bazonkers.

Overall the Jackets were skating hard and controlling the puck well in neutral ice. Steve Mason looked tip-top with most of the chances coming from sloppy defensive plays; the only defensive veterans for this game were Methot and Tyutin. Fedor Tyutin was laying hits hard on the body and took the most shots; unfortunately he ended up with an assist and -1. Rick Nash had a decent chance to get one past the Caps with a break way attempt that resulted in a rebound off the keeper. The shot off the rebound was mindblowingly perfect except for the glove that snatched it in midair. Don’t beat yourself up Rick, it’s just preseason.

In the press conference after the game Scott Arniel revealed that Mark Dekanich will be out for 4 weeks with a high ankle sprain after the first period of the Jets game. This will leave Mason without his intended back up and would add more pressure to a goaltender that can’t operate under pressure. Without a doubt he’s grown a pair with his starting the last three seasons but now he’s going to have to prove that. As for Mark’s replacement Columbus will look to 31 year old Curtis Sanford to mind the net. It’s hard to tell whether this is going to make the Jacket vulnerable or if Curtis will give Mark a run for his job, we hope it’s the latter.

Recently R.J. Umberger (29) was signed to a 23 million dollar contract lasting 5 years . This Columbus forward, and ex OSU Buckeye, has 158 points in 246 games with the Jackets and has been on the upswing. This is perfect for Columbus who has singed Rick Nash (27), Jeff Carter (26), James Wisniewski (27), Fedor Tyutin (28) and Marc Methot (26) til 2015. It feels as if Columbus will be a strong contender for the years before 2020 will all these players signed in their prime. It really can’t get much better than this. Mason will be a restricted free agent after the 2012/2013 season and we could see a new face between the pipes after that. But with the grounds of goaltending shaking for the Jackets’ entire history that’s nothing out of the norm. See our current back up situation…

The next game is against the Minnesota Wild on Friday at 8pm est and hopefully will be aired, either online or on television.
Last night’s game was streamed online. Although better quality than the previous game against the Jets it could have been better. How you ask? They could have aired it on television instead of, not joking, airing an entire game from 2008 against Phoenix during the exact time a live game was in progress. I admit it was nice to see “The Goal” but I feel Bobby Orr is the only one who should have that caption on a play.

Here’s the highlight you had to watch the entire game for (“The Goal”):


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  Tags: 5+year, blue+jackets, capitals, columbus, dekanich, mason, umberger


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