Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Game 73/Colorado: My Take

The Columbus Blue Jackets visited the oft-silent Pepsi Center and snatched defeat from the jaws of victory with a 5-4 shootout loss to the host Colorado Avalanche.

Yeah, arguably the worst team right now in the West.  Yeah, the goalie who washed out of Ottawa.

And they once again proved that no lead is too safe when you're the Columbus Blue Jackets.  And don't get me started on the shootout.

I'd say that this loss hurt, but the whole "Games that matter" saga ended up being an extended grieving process for the 2010-2011 season.  When I shut that down, I pretty much called it for the season.  So all I can do at this point is shake my head and sigh.

Yeah, just sigh.....and wonder why Scott Howson isn't calling a couple kids (David Savard?  John Moore?  Someone else?) up from Springfield to give them some NHL experience.  There are 9 games left - why not see what they can do in the lineup?

Tonight's CBJ goals were fun, with Nash destroying Brian Elliott with a backhander, a couple sweet shorties courtesy of R.J. Umberger and Derek Mackenzie - and then the Umberger bull rush on Elliott for the fourth goal.  Couldn't help but smile at all of 'em.

Four goals should be enough for most teams to win, but the CBJ blue liners didn't rise to the occasion, and Steve Mason (in my humble opinion) was hung out to dry too often.  I mean, Mase would have been good enough had Fedor Tyutin not slipped one past him.  (Ugh.)

NEXT UP: 10PM Thursday in Phoenix against a tough Coyotes team (and Rusty Klesla).  Perhaps the last time for the CBJ at Jobing.com Arena?

3 comments:

  1. Oh yeah, Tom. This one hurt like hell. Get a lead like that, a team has GOT to finish the job.

    On a side note... where did you find that puck picture? That's hilarious!

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  2. Google is my friend, Martini...

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  3. The expectation that we are going to lose has returned to the organization.

    Good thing that CBJ miss the playoffs. Makes for a longer off season, so fans can forget why they get so frustrated with this team.

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