|Dallas 4 - Columbus 2|
15-33-6, 5th in Central Division, 15th in Western Conference
1. A NEW TWIST ON AN OLD CLASSIC - Remember, back in the day, how Blue Jackets fans instinctively went white-knuckled when the last two minutes of the period hit? How we all just braced for the inevitable collapse of our beloved Boys in Union Blue? Well, that was SO Scott Arniel. With Todd Richards - at least for this night- it was different. The Blue Jackets collapsed at the beginning of periods! Dallas scored at 1:35 and 4:21 of the first period and 1:09 of the second to essentially put this thing away (the fourth goal being an empty netter at the end).
2. LOOK HONEY, A FUNCTIONING POWER PLAY - The early 2-0 deficit meant that the CBJ were playing catch-up all game long, and a string of three penalties in the second period gave the Blue Jackets a chance to get back in this game. Surprisingly, the CBJ converted two our of three to cut the Dallas lead to one by the end of the game. And was this Brassard feed to Nash picture perfect or what?
@Life_SizeBarbie grabbed a snapshot of the gathering (though I think Chris and I had already returned to our seats when this was taken):
|If you follow the #CBJ hashtag on Twitter, and you should if you read|
this blog, swing by the cannon after the 1st period. You'll put a bunch
of names and faces together in a hurry!
4. DROPPING LIKE FLIES - Another couple nasty injuries in this game for the Blue Jackets, this time to Jared Boll (broken foot, I didn't see the hit) and Marc Methot (broken jaw, I saw that one). [UPDATE: I'm gathering both are done for the season.] For all of the many, many structural deficiencies in building this team, no history of the 2011-12 Columbus Blue Jackets will be complete without appreciating the incredible - and ongoing - volume of devastating injuries that this team has suffered.
|Marc Methot appears to be|
lost for the balance of the season
Then, the ice crew comes out and chisels the blood off the ice. Now I appreciate that there are good reasons to do so - keeping ice even and smooth chief among them - but the cleaning of the ice hit me on a human level. It's a brutal sport, hockey is, and the cleaning of the ice seemed to impose a Warner Brothers cartoon sensibility on the injury, as if it was a hit that didn't have consequences. That's just not the case.
Not sure where I'm going with this thought, but I thought it was worth sharing. Even as this team's season fades into oblivion, these guys are still putting themselves and - to an extent - their lives out on the line for their sport and their livelihoods. And I respect them for that.
5. THE STRONG FINISH - Back to the game. An interesting aspect of this particular come-from-behind game was that the team appeared to build up a head of steam as they pushed for that third goal. They did not wither from the challenge, a nice testament to the (kinda sorta) fight that this team has been displaying of late. In fact, the last three to four minutes saw perhaps the most sustained effort in the offensive zone all game. Now, if this team could only find that energy and effort for the other 56 minutes of play...they'd be downright deadly.
Bonus number 6. FREE THE JOHAN - Third straight scratch. Sigh. I'm sure the talent developers have a worthwhile rationale (and I refuse to accept parallels with the Boston Bruins and Tyler Seguin - didn't do it in September and won't now...this team is nothing close to the Boston Bruins), but I just don't see any good reason for Ryan Johansen to be munching nachos when he could be learning on the ice.
NEXT UP: The Jackets limp up to St. Paul for another shot at the Minnesota Wild at 8PM on Saturday.