|Columbus 6 - San Jose 3|
18-35-7, 30th in National Hockey League, 9 points out of 29th
It's been a while since I've written a happy postgame blog post, so bear with me as I find my sea legs.
|"Yup. I'm fixing the Columbus Blue Jackets."|
Honestly, I take the slow and steady improvement seen under Todd Richards (5-4-1 in the last ten, not bad considering the season) as essentially un-learning whatever Scott Arniel was feeding them for the year and a half of his reign of error. Which begs the question: Was the Howson-assembled roster that we saw tonight capable of this type of performance all season long...but for the presence of a terrible coach who is no longer in town? And if that was the case, why in the world did Howson not recognize Arniel's shortcomings sooner and make a move to salvage the season?
Enough bellyaching. It was a helluva game, and the guys who made it happen deserve a hearty applause.
2. JEFF "ALL HE KNOWS IS SCORING" CARTER - Keeping with the "Where has this been all season" theme, I present you with a Jeff Carter hat trick. The man was on fire tonight on his line with Vinny Prospal and Mark Letestu, accumulating seven points (goals and assists combined) on the evening. I said it back two weeks ago, and I'll say it again: Keeping Jeff Carter around wouldn't be the worst idea. The guy puts the puck in the back of the net.
So let's dispense with the analysis and enjoy the scoring...and the hats!
|It's all about the glove.|
|R.J. got gritty tonight!|