Rick Nash and Nikita Filatov scored on the only two shots needed in the shootout (Steve Mason turned aside the first Edmonton shot, and the second shot pinged off the side-bar.) Nash coming up big in the shootout is something that CBJ fans are accustomed to, but the Filatov game-winner is special.
|Nikita Filatov must be able to feel like he can smile again -|
for the first time in a while. (Flickr photo by OhioFamily)
|Mase is looking tough once again.|
(Flickr photo by Dylan Moody)
Now, let's ask the first tough question: How in the world did the CBJ let the Oilers thug them around all night long? I cannot recall a game where our boys were tossed around like rag dolls more than this one. Especially being thrown into the goalie (and then collecting an interference call...silly). The answer to crap play like that is to take advantage of the power play. You foul me, I score a goal. You foul me again, I score another goal. If you actually do that - you know, score goals on power plays - the other team eventually stops thugging you. But we didn't (0 for 8 on the power play tonight), and they didn't.
Going a little further on this front, can someone try to answer the question of why the Jackets so willingly play down to the level of bad opponents? The Oilers entered the game 2-4-1. They are chock-filled with kids who can't legally drink. They had no business being in the game, yet the Jackets decided to play like them instead of put them away. Baffling and frustrating. And an on-ice performance that won't have fans clamoring to buy tickets.
|Nick Holden: CBJ Ironman|
(Flickr photo by Elise Michelle)
Oh, psssst: Chris Clark leads the team in season-to-date points with 6 after nabbing 2 more assists tonight. Go figure.
Second pssst: Nick Holden led the CBJ in time on ice tonight. Yeah, AHL call-up Nick Holden. Go figure.
Third pssst: With two goals, Kyle Wilson is hot on the tails of only Umberger, Nash and Huselius for most goals scored by a CBJ player. Go figure.
Anyway, a win is a win is a win. We got the 2 points, giving us 12 so far this season. This is a terrific opening pace for the Columbus Blue Jackets, keeping them safely above the playoff qualifying line for the Western Conference for the time being. There certainly was a lot for Scott Arniel and his coaching staff to
But none of the above is important. Taylor Hall got his first NHL goal!