Friday, October 9, 2015

Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

Brandon Saad scored his first goal as a Blue Jacket
From 3:04, when the CBJ took a 2-1 lead, to 1:02, by which time they had surrendered three goals, the CBJ did not win a single puck battle.  In front of a sold out crowd, the Jackets squandered a late lead.  First test for the leadership group.

Short story.  The Jackets played a 58 minute game.  The Rangers, Presidents trophy winners last year, understand playing 60 minutes.  They wanted it more.

Good news, the Jackets played well enough to win, hampered by the emotional energy of an opening game.  Good news, the Jackets are on the ice against the same team in less than 24 hours.  Sound advice: plan on playing 60 minutes.

First exposure of the Jackets to NHL game speed after the preseason.  I thought having a game under their belts was a real advantage for the Rangers.  I guess we'll see what our guys are made of tomorrow.

Jackets cough up a late lead in unacceptable fashion late in the game, and lose 4-2.  Show better tomorrow.


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