On a snarky February night, the Columbus Blue Jackets hosted the Dallas Stars to fast paced, back and forth game before 11,523 fans, ultimately won by the Stars 5-4 in overtime. Columbus struggled with Dallas' speed all night long, as well as struggling to generate offense, especially in the first period, which ended with Dallas leading 1-0 off a puck banked in off a skate. The CBJ responded to tie the game twice in the second period, only to have Dallas score rebound and deflection goals to lead 3-2 at the end of the second period. The CBJ came back to tie the game twice in the third period to force overtime. As they had all night, Dallas' propensity to crash the net allowed them to beat the defense in overtime and score a gritty game winning goal.
Since I went off the grid early in February, its been an interesting turn of events for the CBJ. Howson fired, Jarmo hired, changes to the scouting staff, and a pretty rough road trip. I wanted to take this brief moment in time when I could safely get into a computer chair to take care of tonight's recap. So without further ado, tonight's six pack:
|Thanks to Morgan and Tom for|
carrying the load in my absence!
1.) My first frosty cold beer of the night goes to George Matthews, the radio voice of the Columbus Blue Jackets. George was honored tonight for his calling his 1000th Blue Jackets game. George does a highly entertaining call of the game, and I frequently listen to them when I am down at the in-laws in Predators land, so their work is much appreciated. But my favorite call of a game happened earlier this year when NHL hockey seemed like a distant dream. So here's your cold frosty reward George! Well done!