The Lorenzi Line
by Nicholas Lorenzi on 11/22/11 at 07:45 PM ET
Last I wrote it was on the subject of another Blue Jackets loss:
“What you would expect to happen did; the Blue Jackets folded after the first period when two quick goals were potted on Mason in the second, twenty seconds from each other.”
A big change was made since then with Curtis Sanford taking the place of Steve Mason between the pipes. Since he was implemented Columbus hasn’t stopped gaining points. They aren’t poised to be an immediate threat at the moment but I’m convinced they will be atfer 10 or more games at this pace.
Just in case you missed it, let’s recap the last five games:
Jets 1 – CBJ 2
Wild 4 – CBJ 2
CBJ 1 – Bruins 2
CBJ 4 – Predators 3
Flames 1 – CBJ 4
The Jets made themselves look like the Ducks against Columbus. The Wild pulled the Blue Jackets from the handle in the second period. Then the unexpected shootout loss to Boston swelled what little pride we had for our team. A point against the defending Stanley Cup champs gave Columbus the gusto to find an overtime win against Nashville and their first win in Bridgestone Arena; they haven’t won since April 3rd, 2006 when Malhotra, Chimera and Hartigan topped Nashville 3-1, in 17 games they were wiped clean by the Preds.
This win was brought to you by Scott Howson. Every one of the overpaid skaters that were acquired over the summer got a goal. I’m talking Carter, Prospal and Wisniweksi with a slapper on the blue line to end the game. I can’t forget to mention the goal by Umberger and that the effort of Vermette on the faceoff gave us this win ultimately. Without him the shot from Wiz wouldn’t have happened. This game started with fists and ended in destroyed throats for those Blue Jacket fans who haven’t given up yet.
Now Columbus is on its toes and becomes the threat we wanted since 2000 and expected since the hot days of July. With Pekka Rinne downed I seriously think the Flames’ goaltender Henrik Karlsson should have snuck some poppers in Iginla’s coffee. The bleeding for Calgary started early. Two early goals by Carter and Vermette in the first seven minutes made me want to jump in the car and get to Nationwide as fast as possible. Carter is just killing it with his snap shots; all three of his goals for the season were in the last two games, the first of last night was through the legs of a defenseman. Antoine Vermette is rolling two with 2 goals and one assist in the last three games.
This team looked pimp out there running the ice and taking pucks away like magicians and creating odd man rushes. Okay, that may seem like a stretch but cut me some slack. When this team starts winning they look like a playoff team, possibly because they have to play that hard for a win but regardless it makes for an exciting game.
Carter got another in the second with a power play goal after a rebound to put Columbus ahead 3-0. Curtis Sanford continued to impress but let one by him after a wicked shot by Giordano that was tucked into the top corner on Sanford’s blocker side. After the second period the shots on goal read 25-19 with Calgary leading. It was a different story in the last twenty minutes. Columbus played defensively and gave time to Calgary. When the Flames had the puck Columbus would simply generate chaos and send it to the other end of the ice. Shots were still being put on Calgary but nothing came of Columbus’ 10 attempts or Calgary’s 3. The eleventh shot by the Jackets came from Rick Nash on an empty net. 4-1 Jackets win!
So far Ricky has 5-12-15 after twenty games and suffered a seven game drought until last night. Put that empty goal under your pillow Nash, you know it doesn’t matter here. As much as fans may want, these wins weren’t because of Nash; instead it’s the entire first line. Since Carter was injured we haven’t seen Vinny, Jeff and Rick going to town on a goaltender; now that they have been reunited Columbus has gained 5 points and almost doubled the 7 they already had.
Columbus’ players are shining finally after their hard work late into the beginning of the season. With a new face in net we can’t forget Mason and how bad it was going; they can’t return to their old ways. Steve is injured, so we’re told. Rick Nash slapped a puck into his helmet and now he’s injured… Okay, I guess that’s what friends are for. Not Mason asking Rick to do so but instead Rick deciding to disable Mason for a week or so. Well thanks Rick, you finally did a decision only a captain could make. Huzzah!
As things settle in Columbus the Jackets travel to New Jersey to flip Brodeur and stop Elias. Rick Nash needs to work on his -10 and Sanford will be looking for his first shutout. Jeff Carter will remain a threat with his, as coach Arniel put, “goal scorer’s” shot. Ryan Johansen has been without a goal for 4 games and will be on the hunt for another after getting 3 in the Eastern Conference already. Vinny Prospal and Jeff Carter had 12 points in 12 games against the Devils last year and will look to continue that trend. Columbus is still trailing in last place in the entire NHL with a record of 5-13-2-15, leading their conference with 70 goals against they better hope Sanford stay sharp.
Let’s Go Jackets! Cheers.
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