|Columbus 4 - Detroit 1|
1-7-1, 5th in the Central Division, 15th in the Western Conference
As Mrs. DBJ posted on Facebook, "And that sigh of relief you're hearing from C'bus is the sound of the Jackets getting off the schneid. :-)" True dat.
In so many ways, this was a "Bizarro World" game against what we Blue Jackets fans had been forced to see thus far this season. Up was down, left was right. Winless...became a rather convincing win. And there's more...
|James Wisniewski did a lot in his|
CBJ regular season debut, but
he did NOT just stand around.
Nash had 3 shots, Brassard had 2 and Prospal had 1. On the flip side, all of the scoring came from people who had not scored at all this season: R. J. Umberger (Welcome back!), Ryan Johansen (whose first NHL goal pleased the Dark Blue Toddler to no end, with the exception of the intermission interview where DBT thought that The Johan was back in "Time Out"), John Moore (Another first NHL goal!) and Derek Mackenzie.
2. Merry Wizmas! James Wisniewski returned to the world of professional hockey after
|Is it too much to say that|
Steve Mason's night
bordered on heroic?
4. Bizarro continued: CBJ goaltender Steve Mason finally had some meaningful blueline support. As I tweeted during the game, "Amazing how much better Mason gets with just a little defense in front of him." 31 shots, 30 saves. All that with a shoulder that got tweaked in the first period.
5. At long last, the expansion-era sweater goes back to the closet. Good riddance.
Bonus number 6: Ahem.
NEXT UP: Thursday, 7PM, against the Buffalo Sabres at whatever they're calling Buffalo's arena. I suppose I'll have to care about that once the Blue Jackets go into the Eastern Conference.