Saturday, November 5, 2016

Wow. Just Wow!! Jackets beat Habs 10-0

Nick Foligno has his mojo back.
Tonight the Columbus Blue Jackets curb stomped the 9-0-1 Montreal Canadiens by a score of 10-0 in front of an exuberant home crowd at Nationwide Arena.  Four players, Atkinson, Anderson, Hartnell and Foligno had 2 goals.  Wennberg had 4 assists.  The CBJ forecheck was very good, their power play was a dominant 4 for 5, making any Montreal mistakes hurt.

Tonight was a glorious night for the long suffering CBJ fans.  With the score standing at 9-0, and the crowd chanting 'WE WANT TEN', the Jackets responded and got the 10th goal.  Better yet, they kept skating and battling to help Bobrovsky get his third shutout of the new year.  A great team effort by the CBJ all around.

I felt the loss for Montreal was a team loss as well.  The back-up goal tender Montoya did not play that great, but the CBJ were getting open looks at the net that are the plays the D-zone coverage should have picked up.  Because the Jackets were winning the puck battles, they were able to sustain pressure in the offensive zone, which paid high dividends tonight.

Fortunately the Jackets don't get any time to sit around thinking that this is a reality that is not really there.  Rather, they have to mount up tonight and go play St. Louis, a team that will not be impressed at all by this game.  If you want that respect, you have to go take it.  If the CBJ skate tomorrow the way they skated tonight, they have a chance anyhow.

A great night, and a really fun game to attend.  But we are not that good, and they are not that bad.  It was just one of those nights for Montreal.  Enjoy the moment and get ready to play again tomorrow.

But what a moment it was!


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