Rich Peverley collapsed on the Dallas Bench. Medical personnel responded, and he was ultimately transported to a local hospital for further care.
Please direct your thoughts and prayers towards the well being of Rich and his family. The CBJ are returning to Columbus ASAP, according to John Davidson, to prepare for tomorrow's game against Detroit.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Gosh darn, What a great hockey game! Two hard nose, hard working hockey teams face off, each with a hot goal tender. It's like taking two grinding wheels and jamming them together to see which one wears down first. Nashville dominated the first period, but building on the momentum of a Corey Tropp fight and a double minor high sticking power play, the CBJ dominated the second period, which ended with the score still 0-0. But the Blue Jackets roared out of the gate, and the first ten minutes of the third period were like a power play. The Predators fought it off, and started to re-establish themselves, when Anisimov stole the puck, did a quick give and go with Wisniewski and drove the net, scoring off his red hot backhand,.
Moxy is a funny word. It's an old word (moxie) and a new word if you look in the Urban Dictionary. Simply translated, it is 'intestinal fortitude'. Look, here's the deal with the Chicago game. We are unable to run with the elite teams. Pittsburgh, Boston, and ...Chicago. Maybe some day. But not now. But, you are looking for a response to getting dominated. The Blue Jackets got back to their roots, strapped it on, and went toe to toe with a physical Predators team, and had just enough more skill to come out with the win.
This NHL schedule is one of counter-punching. If you finish with a .500 winning percentage in the Western Conference, then you only need to finish ahead of your division rivals to make the playoffs. Tonight's win cancels out a November loss at home, which minimizes the degree to which our slow start affects our finish.
You know, when Kathryn Tappen says 'the Jackets skate away with a win' it makes me kind of breathless. Must be the beginning of allergy season, or something.
2. My second CBJ beer goes to Artim Anisimov. What I like the most about his beautiful drive to the net was his ability to let his teammate James Wisniewski give him a pass at something like 90 mph and to softly gather the puck at full speed in stride. Renne was in trouble at that point, considering how fast Anisimov was going. Arty unleashed his lethal backhand at point blank range. The only reason that Arty got the second beer was that Bobrovsky turned his goal, the only one of the game, into a win and a crucial two points.
3. My third CBJ beer goes to the Jacket Backers, who had a huge contingent in Nashville for another win. I would be the last person to point out that the CBJ have a winning percentage in the games that they attend in Nashville, which illustrates the beauty of the Eastern Conference thing. Now these games are a once a year holiday instead of a divisional
4. My fourth beer is to letting the Wookie win (see the never ending segment from DKM hockey). Our defense is under siege, but the real Dalton Prout is on scene. Prout had off season surgery, missed most of training camp, and got injured again. He finally was able to get healthy and play in the AHL over the Olympic break, and is now in the form he displayed down the stretch last year. This is a big 22 ounce beer of issues we are talking about here tonight. With the news of Ryan Murray's season ending (unless we make the second round of the playoffs) knee surgery, the defense is now different. I personally believe that Dalton Prout is going to emerge in the games down the stretch as a force to be reckoned with. I saw it tonight in his willingness to take the shot. When the cycle of play dictates that the defenseman takes an available shot, I saw him embrace that role and let his best shot go. I think some of those will find the net in the games to come. This team has needed a shut down defenseman all year. He's finally healthy.
5. My fifth CBJ beer is for a Mulligan. A Mulligan is a golf shot that you line up perfectly, but nonetheless goes awry. You take a Mulligan, and do it again. Well, I give Nick Shultz a Mulligan for the Chicago game. I thought he played today like he had been on our defense all year. While I am still trying to understand the pairings, all three were solid in the face of the injuries the team has sustained. The next few games will be a fascinating look at the team's defensive depth. At this point I see it as a monster opportunity for Cody Goloubef, who has not looked bad at all in his opportunities. The addition of Shultz gives us three pariings of veteran-young player, with Johnson, Wisniewski and Shultz as the veterans. It is interesting to watch Savard skate with Jack Johnson. That might be a natural pairing. The reality of the situation is that while the defensive pairings are now completely different, that doesn't mean we could not make the playoffs with these pairings.
6. My sixth CBJ beer is to us, the fans. We are lucky enough to have a supremely entertaining playoff hunt on our hands, a team that is worthy of our support, in that their work ethic makes them worthy, and that tonight's game was one of the ways you can tell. Nobody's perfect, and they laid an egg on the road (much different from laying an egg in your own barn) and they responded. I feel kind of liberated, as this is a pattern with this team. As a long time fan, I carry the weight of simple 'we worked hard but we lost' which turns into a 5 game losing streak. This team absorbs the loss, and responds with a win. None of the current players were around for the above mentioned losing streak. So I am going to let go of it. Which of course is why my cats are hiding, but that is simply a manifestation of the phenomenon I described above.
The Jackets skate away with a win. Did it just get hot in here?
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Was that not one of the odder media events you've ever watched? Aside from Scott Arniel telling Lori Schmidt to "keep piling on," granted, but I digress.
This presser had an odd tone, punctuated by some strange language. I mean:
1. "Protecting the future of the franchise" - A term used at least three times in the presser, something obviously prepared. What a grim statement, and what a strange way to justify trading Marian Gaborik for a salvage project and a couple of picks.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Marian Gaborik was
unloaded traded by the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Los Angeles Kings for forward Matt Frattin and some conditional picks.
Kings uber-blogger The Royal Half asked me to pen a few words about Marian Gaborik for his readers, which I gladly did. I share them with you here:
It was like it was but a year ago...
"Marian Gaborik and his groin were traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets."
And that's how it started. We saw him but for a scant 34 games. Sure, the Blue Jackets played 74 games while Gaborik was under contract here. But, and it came not as a surprise, he missed 40 games due to injury. That was the broken collarbone. The one that made Gaborik sit out the Olympics.
It gets better Kings Fan. We in Columbus also experienced "the soreness" at the end of last season. You know, the one that forced Gaborik to undergo abdominal surgery, rehab all summer, etc.
So two killer injuries in 74 games. 34 games on the ice, at least 12 of which were played with guts held in by duct tape. Consider yourself forewarned.
That all said, I can almost guarantee you this: You will get teased by Marian Gaborik. He still has an incredible burst of speed. He still can shoot. He still can avoid physical contact with the best wingers in the game (apparently with good reason).
You will, at some point in this season, sit back, rub your eyes and ask, "Did he really do that?" And you will see the Marian Gaborik of 2005-2006.
And then Marian Gaborik promptly will get hurt.
I wish Gaborik the best. He's a classy guy. He can be fun to watch. He's also a walking M*A*S*H unit.
So what about this Matt Frattin guy?
|Columbus 4 - Dallas 2|
It was like hockey "Inception".
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
|Now Legal in Colorado|
The Jackets traveled to the Great White North taking on the Atlantic Division and Wild Card holding Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Center. The Blue Jackets hand the Lifeless Leafs their third straight loss. Ok, those aren't my words, the are those of the local scribe, the Toronto Star. I can't imagine the nerd rage on the CBJ twitter feed if Arace or Portzline wrote a column with that title about the Blue Jackets. But the Leafs fans are relentless. The Jackets scratched out a 2-1 win at the daunting Air Canada Center in front of a hostile Leafs fan base. Sometimes it's harder on the Leafs to play at home than it is for visiting teams. Tonight happened to be one of those nights where it was tough for the Leafs to play at home. And for those of you wondering, most folks on the outside don't think Air Canada Center is vocal enough. Yeesh.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Saturday, March 1, 2014
2. My second CBJ beer for the night goes to RJ Umberger. He got the scoring going early, converting a James Wisniewski point shot on the power play into a goal, by virtue of his aggressive positioning in front of the net. With his 16th goal of the season, Umberger seems on a path to return to a 20 goal scoring plateau. That's a good season for RJ, and he leads the team in power play goals. Good hard work to capture the momentum early.
3. My third, ice cold, delicious, CBJ beer goes to Artem Anisimov. Arty scored the game winning goal, in a much more meaningful sense than the statistical sense, by potting a short handed goal with 10 seconds remaining in the second period of a game tied at 3-3. This was a back breaker for Florida, similar to the shortie that the CBJ coughed up to the New Jersey Devils. This play was all about effort, and it started with Arty not quitting on a puck, which went from behind the goal to the sidewall. Arty chased it down there, took it from 2 Florida players, then headed for the net. This was a huge, momentum turning goal, with a work effort base as a foundation.
4. My fourth cold CBJ beer is for getting back on the winning track. This is a crucial stretch of games in a tight playoff race. Tonight the CBJ kept pace with Philadelphia, who beat the Rangers. To advance, this team will need to string wins together. Nonetheless, you have to start somewhere, so the win enables them to try to cobble together a streak.
5. My fifth CBJ beer goes to empty netters. After coughing up the first one to Nick Foligno to give the Jackets a two goal lead, most teams would surrender to the inevitable and leave the goaltender in the net. Not Florida, who pulled the goalie so that Matt Calvert could get on the board with an empty netter. Calvert may have been squeezed down to the fourth line by Marian Gaborik, but that doesn't mean Richie doesn't trust him, so he was out during the crucial waning moments of the game.
6. My sixth CBJ beer goes to Gaborik, for the dimension he brings to the team. He is most definitely not back in form after missing so much time, but he looks quicker than I have ever seen him since we traded for him. He showed some explosive quickness, and played a reasonably responsible game. He's not in there to bang with people. One really nice thing he did defensively was back check. In one instance right at our end of the ice, so I saw it well, Florida regained possession. As they started up the ice, Gaborik reached out with his stick, and attacked the puck and stick of the Florida player with the puck. The upshot of that was that they were unable to clear the zone, and the CBJ were able to establish a significant offensive cycle, that finally lead to a penalty. And when the CBJ were on the power play, they were scoring tonight. It was a little play of not quitting on the puck, but it turned into big things. So long as he does those things, than all will be well.
Good win tonight as the Blue Jackets try to establish some post Olympic break momentum.
I am so glad we are not in the West. Holy Moly. LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, St Louis Blues, and Chicago Blackhawks all stand in your way if you want to be a playoff team. Yowza! Them's some good teams! The East is so much more comfortable!
Up next, Monday night on the road against Toronto.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
|New Jersey 5 - Columbus 2|