2a. Penalty --> fatigue --> sloppiness --> penalty. Rinse, repeat. It isn't rocket science.
2b. Considering the fatigue factor - probably the worst I remember seeing out of the CBJ - the Jackets were fortunate to get a point. Nashville could have very easily pounced on them, scored on a power play or two and ended it. That didn't happen, which speaks to the grit and character of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
3a. I'm not ready to say that he has his groove back - I've more or less resigned myself that he's going to have a yo-yo type of year - but, for one evening, he was darned close to dominant.
3b. I'll take it a step further. Mase stole the point for us last night, one the CBJ really didn't deserve to get.
4. R.J. Umberger got two goals on the night, both in the 1st period, including this wild stickball shot:
4b. Does the fact that the Jackets "won" the day with the Neal suspension and the Umberger goal mean that we've turned a corner in the minds of the folks in Toronto?
5. Mad props to Derick Brassard, who worked his tail off, got two assists and didn't give up all night long. He's a talent, I tell ya...
6. I love Anton Stralman's shot from the point....
8. Poor Jared Boll got speared in between the legs.
8a. Male hockey fans across Ohio curled over in sympathy.
8b. The witty wordsmiths amongst us got to play with Jared getting it in the "Bolls." Sigh.
9. Strangely I don't hate Nashville. I don't like 'em, sure. But I respect the hell out of 'em. They always give the Jackets a tough, tough game.
9a. I think that my respect in the Preds is rooted in the fact that I think that Barry Trotz is an incredible coach. To do what he's done over the life of that franchise is nothing less than miraculous. Does he have his boys ready to play or not?
10. I'll be crossing my fingers that the Jackets can regroup and rest up to finish the road trip. Such a long night, with all of those penalty kills, can take a little while from which to recover. Let's hope Hitch gives them adequate rest. If we're rested and ready, we can definitely get three if not more points from the Rangers, Habs and Sens.
Next Up: Monday night in Madison Square Garden. Maybe Nash was resting up for his command performance on Broadway...?