|Colorado 3 - Columbus 2 (Shootout)|
0-3-1, 5th in the Central Division, 14th in the Western Conference
This was a bit of a "split personality" game for me. I had the pleasure to attend the game not just with three fantastic bloggers (Alison of Heart of a Jacket, Greg of Full Mental Jackets and Matt of The Cannon), but in seats that placed my hiney three rows behind the Blue Jackets bench and three seats off of their tunnel. I've never attended a game in seats that were so close to the ice and so close to the team. As I tweeted right after sitting down, "This is nuts." And it was all night long.
As for the game, what can you say about a shootout loss after three straight regulation losses to start the season? That Columbus finally got a standings point (albeit a "loser point")? That they played a middling first period and an awesome second period? That the 8,000+ people in attendance got "bonus hockey"?
Anyhoo, let's get to the 5 thoughts - each of which will be accompanied by a photo from the game that will attempt to share some of the experience that we had down deep in section 103, row E:
1. When thinking about the game in advance, I figured that the best thing to do with a fast (but erratic) young team like Colorado - considering where the CBJ is right now as a team - was to get a lead and go into a Nashville-style 'prevent defense' mode. In essence, that's what the Blue Jackets did. They got a whopping single shot off in the third period, spending most of the period in their own end and giving up the game-tying goal with 40 seconds left. And that's why I should never be a hockey coach.
|The view to the right from my seat.|
Yeah, that's the CBJ tunnel.
A) The Blue Jackets remain 0-for-2011/12 on the power play.
B) The Blue Jackets started the evening with eight veteran forwards and defensemen with zero points on the season. Radek Martinek left that group with his first goal of the season (congrats on that), but that leaves Sammy Pahlsson, Antoine Vermette, R. J. Umberger, Fedor Tyutin, Marc Methot, Kris Russell and Derick Brassard. A 20-goal scorer needs to get a goal every four games or so. Just saying.
|Derek Dorsett drops the gloves. Didn't really accomplish anything, and|
Dorsett is more valuable as an agitator, but a decent fight nonetheless.
|The two awesome kids that sat in front of us.|
|Lining up for the National Anthem.|
|An epic jersey foul.|
The Blue Jackets march onto the ice at the beginning of the game.
Too cool. So glad I got it on video.
Bonus 2: After pointing out that Steve Mason's lack of rebound control was a deciding issue in the prior game, I'm happy to note that he was falling on the puck with great regularity tonight. In fact, he played through regulation and the overtime period like a genuine NHL goaltender. The shootout was another issue altogether.
NEXT UP: Saturday night, 8PM Eastern at Dallas. The Stars, you may have heard, drew just over 6,000 people on Monday night. Ouch.