|New York Rangers 3 - Columbus 2 (OT)|
17-35-7, 5th in Central Division, 30th in National Hockey League
Yours truly spent the game munching on boneless wings and an appetizer sampler platter with Full Mental Jackets blogger (and DBJ blog writer) Greg May at his Buffalo Wild Wings in Grandview. Few things hockey-related are better than being the wingman (no pun intended) to such a funny and knowledgeable hockey fan for the evening.
1. THAT WAS RATHER AWKWARD - Rick Nash, being the cool character that he is, brushed off the New York media scrum pre-trade deadline. Brandon ("I hear Scott Howson has a man-crush on me...what's that like Stralman?") Dubinsky, all but screamed, "Don't make me leave New York!" Seriously, Dubinsky did say, "It would suck" ... but, of course, that was in relation to leaving New York - not coming to Columbus. Right? RIGHT?
Then the two guys had to go play a hockey game against the teams with which they have been linked in trade rumors. I'm sure that was comfortable.
2. GUESS WHO? - Derrick Brassard had another goal, his 11th of the season - his 6th under Todd Richards. The kid just keeps contributing to the post-Arniel Blue Jackets. Period. Greg said it best: While it would now be a shame to move Brassard at the trade deadline, he very well might yield the biggest return for his salary.
3. THE NHL'S WAR ON CHRONOLOGY CONTINUES UNABATED - First, the clock stops for a second or so in Los Angeles...just enough time to let the Kings score the winning goal on the Blue Jackets. Then, the Rangers appeared to have scored a goal with .2 seconds left in the second period. But for whatever reason, that goal didn't count.
Seriously, how can a professional league like the NHL keep having clock problems? And why does it always have to be in games involving the Blue Jackets? Can someone explain what this all means?
Ummm...OK.... (I'm sorry. I was a liberal arts graduate. I'll take your word for it, dude.)
4. I MISSED SEEING THE GAME-TYING GOAL - Yes, Rick Nash scored the game-tying goal with less than two minutes left. And it was a pretty goal:
Problem was, I was in a Buffalo Wild Wings with a zillion TV screens. On another giant screen, the NBA's Denver Nuggets were playing. And this guy was at the foul line:
Tell me YOU wouldn't have been distracted. Holy crap.
4a. DBJ's POP CULTURE EDUCATION CONTINUES - I did learn, however, that ESPN has been transformed into The Jeremy Lin Channel. And I now know what Jeremy Lin looks like. Yeah, I just don't watch ESPN. I really wish the channel would just go away.
5. GOTTA MAKE THAT FLIGHT - Having increased their standings point tally by 2.5% with Nash's goal to force overtime, the Blue Jackets then promptly let the Rangers score with less than 30 seconds having elapsed in overtime. Hey, one "loser point" was enough for us. We don't want to be greedy or anything, and surely there was a cab waiting with a meter running. <Rolls eyes>
NEXT UP: The San Jose Sharks, a darker horse in the Rick Nash Trade Deadline Derby, will invade Nationwide Arena on Tuesday night for a 7PM puck drop.
You probably knew that Rick Nash and the Sharks' Joe Thornton played on the same line for HC Davos in Switzerland during the last NHL lockout, kicked butt together and stay in touch. I only found this out recently.