Sunday, February 6, 2011
Game 52: Edmonton - Recap
Quickly, Edmonton jumped up 2-0 early on goals by Paajarvi and Penner. A bit of air went out of the house. But they've been here before, eh? The CBJ went to work, and brought it back to 2-1 on a goal by Umberger, with Dorsett lurking in Khabibulin's kitchen looking to clean up any messes. That got the crowd going.
Second period Juice got the equalizer, and the crowd got really loud. But, in the third period, Paajarvi was left undefended again, and put one in to make it 3-2 Oil. But the Jackets are not daunted by being down late now, as they have proven to themselves lately that they can come back no matter what. So in spite of the air going out of the barn, they picked themselves up and got it going. With 6:16 remaining in the third, Umberger got the equalizer to tie it at 3-3, and then with 4 minutes remaining, Juice scored on a real nice goal to provide the winning margin at 4-3.
All told, in spite of my worries at various points of the game, it was a real solid come back win in front of a sold out house. This is very important for the team down the stretch. They need to make a run now, and having some crowd support will go a long way. That was the loudest I have heard the building all year, except for some more negative situations that do not bear mentioning, but will hopefully be paid back with interest on Tuesday. Ahem. I digress.
Most importantly, it was a very entertaining game. Lots of speed back and forth, not a Hitchcockian game of defense by any stretch. Edmonton's forwards can really fly, but this creates space, and the Jackets did a good job utilizing it at points in the game. A good game experience.
Fortunately for all involved, they did not pass out the souvenir pucks until after the game. I shudder to think of the rain of pucks that would have occurred on the bogus goal tender interference call on Nash. But cooler heads prevailed.
Next up, the Malkin-less Pens in Pittsburgh. Is Jordan Staal really number 1 center potential?