|St. Louis 2 - Columbus 1|
6-14-3, 5th in Central Division, 15th in Western Conference
1. ZZZZZZZZZZZZ - Yes, it was Hitch Hockey. Yes, it was slow moving hockey that largely was played from faceoff circle to faceoff circle, punctuated only by the occasional breakaway. Some will stick up their nose at this "boring" brand of hockey, but let's face facts: IT WORKS. It wins games. If your team plays this type of hockey, you are watching your team play into April and May. Right now, I'll take that over "exciting" hockey.
2. Don't blame the goalie - Sanford stopped 27 of 29. That's a .931 save percentage. If you can't score enough to back up those types of numbers, you don't deserve to win.
3. After you. No, after you. No, really, after you. - I was struck by one particularly profound sequence where Rick Nash and Jeff Carter seemed either incapable or unwilling of shooting the puck. Instead, they flipped the puck back and forth. Guys, it's not going to jump off your stick and into the goal. You need to aim it in that direction. And the last week's worth of games has proven that you can do that!
4. Because he's awesome - Derek Dorsett's breakaway goal in the second period was really, really nice.