Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Game 40/Phoenix: My take

The Columbus Blue Jackets traveled to Arena in lovely Glendale, Arizona and lost to the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-2, in regulation.

The refs were abysmal.  The Jackets got mauled.  And wouldn't you know, the CBJ actually scored a power play goal - which suggests that the Boys in Union Blue could have actually made the Doggies pay for their transgressions had the referees chosen to call some of the slashing and other penalties that we saw on TV.

Past that, the game was largely forgettable.  Our defense was porous, our forwards were out of sync and Mathieu Garon was OK but - like Steve Mason in other games - had little help on the backside.  Rinse, repeat...

At the end of this 8-game sequence, the points look like this:
  • Calgary: Win
  • Vancouver: Loss
  • Chicago: Loss
  • Minnesota: Win
  • Toronto: Win
  • Ottawa: Win
  • Nashville: Loss
  • Phoenix: Loss
4 wins, no overtime losses equals 8 points.  That's somewhat remarkable, as it sure felt worse than only one point less than playoff pace (9-10 points per 8 games).  Still not good enough, though...

NEXT UP: The road trip continues on Friday night in the Honda Center against the Anaheim Ducks.


  1. Seriously, those refs were god awful. I wonder if they're like that every game?

  2. yes they have been that bad all season.


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