I gave in to fatigue after the end of the second period - these 10:30PM starts are just brutal - so my catching up after waking up tells me that there may have actually been two games last night.
For the first half, the main highlight was wunderkind forward Matt Calvert's first goal. While not exactly a Davidgian "Goal Scorer's Goal," it offers proof that keeping your nose for the puck yields benefits. Wisdom for the entire squad from the mouths of babes...
Past that, there really was nothing meaningful to discuss. The Kings - who themselves are reeling through a slump - pretty much had their way with the CBJ. And Mathieu Garon proved that while he's a good backup goaltender, he can't carry the load with a couple "goals he'd like to have back."
And then there was this scene, indicative of the first two periods and something I had never seen before in a hockey game (thanks to Twitterer unclepg for the screen grab):
|Goalie Mathieu Garon now knows what it's like for|
a mouse to get caught in a mousetrap. Will he sign up for PETA?
Arniel was still rolling through into his post-game media availability. While he toned the language down (but not entirely down), he again let his feelings be known on the matter. Click the link to watch the video. (Side rant: Fox Sports Ohio, why will you not allow us bloggers to embed your video clips? It's free advertising!)
I've been increasingly concerned that Arniel's recent tactics of benching players and calling them on the carpet in the media was risking him losing the locker room - something that would pretty much kill the chances of getting the CBJ to the playoffs this year. That he was willing to stand up for his players, so vocally and vociferously, speaks volumes both to the fans and the players. To the fans, he's telling us that he's not giving up. To the players, he's saying that he still has their backs. Hopefully, the players understand that fact, making the "bad cop" behavior that much easier to swallow.
Lastly, general manager Scott Howson was interviewed by Fox Sports Ohio's Jeff Rimer in the first intermission. Long story short: He's been busting his rear to make a trade but has nothing. And that's not just for Mike Commodore, who was waived and likely will never play in Columbus again, but for anyone on the roster. Surely, he can line up a trade - Rick Nash for a conditional 7th rounder could happen pretty quickly - but he has to use the trade process to improve the team...and that's proving to be hard.
Fans should take note how hoarse Howson was in his interview; clearly, he's putting in the effort. Hopefully, it's not too late.
NEXT UP: The crap-tastic road trip is over, and the CBJ will host the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena.