The Lorenzi Line
by Nicholas Lorenzi on 10/14/11 at 01:07 AM ET
In light of their recent downfall the Columbus Blue Jackets have given its fans a couple distractions. When there’s no glory in a losing streak to open the regular season with you might as well give the fans what they want, rock music and an intro to the season that has already began. I can’t tell you how amped and overjoyed I am to see the video they played on the jumbotron during the opening ceremony. A few minutes in and I’ve already forgotten the first loss to Nashville, the beatdown by Minnesota and the crime committed during the Vancouver game. It’s a new season and another chance for Columbus to prove to North America that when this team is at their best they can beat a real threat.
But wait there’s more! The Jackets organization has already laid out this season’s potential loses. The third jersey schedule was announced.
Oct. 30 vs. Anaheim
Nov. 5 at Philadelphia
Nov. 12 vs. Winnipeg
Nov. 25 vs. Buffalo
Dec. 10 vs. Boston
Dec. 17 vs. Tampa Bay
Jan. 14 vs. San Jose
Feb. 12 vs. Anaheim
Feb. 18 vs. Chicago
Feb. 26 at Pittsburgh
Mar. 11 vs. St. Louis
Mar. 28 vs. Detroit
I expect to see Columbus win three of these games, one of which will be Pittsburgh since our third jersey is pretty much their third jersey. Hell why don’t they both throw those sweaters on and make it one hell of a confusing game? Maybe some fans in Pittsburgh will be confused regardless and cheer for both sides. Columbus was 13-6 last year with their new jersey.
Last night in an untelevised match Columbus held a lead till the near end of the third period. Colorado gained a goal with 40 seconds left and wasted Columbus and Mason in the shootout. Isn’t nice that many games throughout the season are still decided by throwing a team at one goaltender? This loss I’m okay with, we got a point and more importantly the entire fan base wasn’t left out on the first win for Columbus due to being untelevised. I failed to find a stream online so I gave up on it. I passed the time playing 2004 hockey with my brother, something we’ve done all our lives, while listening to the radio at full volume. After the second period a friend of mine alerted to me of a stream, I quickly turned on the jumpy and horrible quality stream just in time for the third period and was on the edge of my seat.
Columbus was looking tall as well as Mason making some key saves. The only Jacket’s shot in the period lit the lamp. Time was ticking and it was back and forth. Colorado was laying on their fore-check and pulled Varlamov for the extra skater. We sat there pleading for the defense to check and clear the puck. The stream skipped 40 seconds…suddenly I saw a group of Avalanche players hugging and ex jacket Jan flipping Hejda’s name is staring me right in the face. I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced something like this. Maybe you accidentally sat on your remote and went to Live TV but have you ever been robbed by way of a team not broadcasting this game and having a wonky stream online spoil the game?
Upon later review, via highlight reel, we can see the lackadaisical play of Mason getting scored on his stick side while looking for the puck. Next is the heroism of Rick Nash adroitly stealing the puck on Avalanche ice and putting it in the back of the net. Finally to end Columbus’s scoring defenseman Radek Martinek puts it past Varlamov with a one timer. Time is ticking and the Jackets are hanging on to end their streak but a screened Mason loses sight of the puck from a long shot by Jan Hedja and a redirect by Landeskog. Naturally it went to overtime and best chance had been a 2 man break way by Umberger and Vermette. R.J. Umberger decided to take his shot 20 feet out and hit Varlamov’s logo where it was quickly swallowed. Now is a Jacket’s nightmare, a shootout. They know and you know that Mason wasn’t cut from the cloth of a shootout goaltender. Our hero Rick Nash makes his precise backhanded shot and hit nothing but top shelf net. Fast-forwarding Prospal and Carter were stopped Mason gave up his net twice for the Avalanche to end up with their second win.
Colorado is now on a 3 game win streak after slaughtering the Ottawa Senators 7-1 tonight; the streak was started with a 1-0 shutout against last year’s Stanley Cup champs Boston Bruins. The Jackets had a 3 game streak of their own and ending it with the point last night; would that be worthy of celebrating? Perhaps with a warm half drank beer that the zamboni driver left in his cup holder.
It’s time for Columbus to snap out of it. I’m going to suggest a negative reinforcement. Every time a puck gets by Mason start giving him a whiff of smelling salt. If that doesn’t work then stop bathing him. Make it so bad that no one will come within 10 feet of him crease. One final suggestion: do the aforementioned idea I presented in early August and get Marty Turco before it’s too late. Mason has been big man on campus ever since his first year. Even with Garon as his backup last year he was still the better goaltender. Give him a stronger backup and when he fails then Steve will actually step it up instead of giving us a guessing glove and a goaltender that shrinks on shots. You know it’s getting bad when reader bezukov, a Red Wing fan and good friend of mine, is suggesting the same thing. A piss poor team in Columbus will make for 6 boring games for the Red Wings this season I guess.
The Columbus Blue Jackets play this Saturday in a televised match against the Dallas Stars at 8:00pm.
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