In an oddly satisfying game, a banged-up Columbus Blue Jackets squad beat a banged-up Anaheim Ducks squad, 3-1, in regulation. The CBJ could reasonably be expected to beat the Ducks. The JacketsBlog called it a "must win," an assertion with which I initially agreed until The Hockey Writers' Jeff Little tempered the language to be a "should win." "Should win" -- I like that.
The CBJ should have won tonight's game, and they did.
While Rick Nash scored two goals, one an empty-netter, and showed signs that the summer hibernation is over, the offensive star of the game was Derek Mackenzie. I mean, look at his goal, which got things going for the CBJ: