|Columbus 4 - Dallas 1|
10-22-5, 5th in Central Division, 15th in Western Conference
1. MILESTONES - It was the end of a six-game losing streak. It was the first road win in regulation in the 2011-12 season. And it was the CBJ's 10th win of the season. So a bunch of monkeys fell off the team's back. Let's not raise the Cup yet, but it is nice to not have those hanging over the team.
|It's been a long time coming, but Rick Nash (finally)|
looked like an NHL superstar tonight.
3. KID, YOU MAKE ME FEEL YOUNG - You could say the same of both Ryan Johansen (placed on the Nash-Carter line for the second straight game, 12:52 TOI, 1 assist and a +2 on the night) and John (or is it Johnny?) Moore (2 assists, 16:03 TOI and +1). Both youngsters are getting the minutes, and they're making the most of their opportunities. Make no mistake: The emergence of these two as meaningful contributors in the lineup is only a good thing for the Blue Jackets.
|The suspect Blue Jackets defense can ill-afford to lose The Wiz again.|
5. SO THIS IS WHAT WINNING FEELS LIKE - This is odd. I'm kinda...happy. We're still in the NHL sub-basement, but it doesn't feel so bad. Amazing what an out-and-out win can do to a guy.
NEXT UP: Saturday night, New Year's Eve, at Nationwide at 7PM against the Washington Capitals and their leading scorer, Jason Chimera.