Sunday, January 4, 2015

Savvyed By the Bell

Dubinsky get career goal 100
The Blue Jackets won the game against Colorado 4-3 on a goal by David Savard with slightly more than a minute left in the game.  This was fitting, as Savard gave up the first goal with a pretty egregious turn over.  It was great to see him rally from that mistake to play a solid game, and get rewarded at the end.  Hartnell kept the play alive, bounced the puck to Foligno, who fed Savard, whose shot deflected off a Colorado player and in the net.  This redeems the CBJ from last night's game, which was a team loss, and will not be mentioned again.

Brandon Dubinsky got the game tied after Savard's mistake by scoring his 100th career goal, which he followed with goal 101 to get started on the next hundred.  Johansen scored on a nice tic tac toe play, and Savard had the winner.   This game the team showed good resiliency, and recorded a rare road win in Colorado.  This team really needs to duplicate January, 2014 as one of the 10 win months in franchise history.  If they are going to overtake the Rangers or the Capitals, they have to keep winning until one of them cracks, as both of those teams kept pace with the Jackets in December.  So a good road win to help keep pace in the conference.

Curtis McElhinney had the net tonight, and played very well.  On top of that, he threw in a couple of sterling saves to keep the Jackets in the game.  As he said in the post season interviews, he had a tough start to the season, but of late he has been playing very well.  The schedule has a lot of back to back games coming up, and have CMac at the top of his game at this juncture.  Very good stuff.

A top line of Johansen, Foligno, and Hartnell seemed to be disruptive for Colorado all night long, in all aspects of the game.  One of the problems with all the injuries is that there is little consistency in the lines, but this is one that has played before.  I think having Hartnell and Foligno on the same line as Johansen takes a lot of pressure of Joey, as they are a threat in themselves.

Next up on the road trip, Dallas.  That ought to be fun.

The Jackets pull back to even for 2015.  More road work to do to stay in this thing.  Great game tonight for the CBJ.


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