Saturday, November 28, 2015

A Wild One

Hartnell: Ha ha ha, I just love screwing with the Pens!
Why don't you score an OT goal Cam?
The faithful brought their mojo last night to Nationwide Arena to defend the home barn against the Pittsburgh fans who commonly descend on us for this game.  The Blue Jackets and Penguins held up their end of the deal, and played a fantastically entertaining hockey game that had a lot of texture (as Hitch would put it).  When Geno Malkin wasn't chopping sticks like a lumberjack, he was dropping the mitts with Jack Johnson, and scoring a go ahead goal.  Malkin played a 'complete' game.

The Blue Jackets played with verve and grit, and fought for a comeback, overtime win 2-1 that was one of the best games they have played this year.  Dubinsky was a force, and set up the winning overtime goal with a beautiful possession play.  At the other end of the spectrum, the Penguins started the game with a 2 on 1 breakaway that left the puck on the goal's doorstep until Bobrovsky kicked it away, starting a goal tending duel between Bob and Fleury that included sparkling saves by both goal tenders.  Ryan Johansen played what looked to be his best game of the year, including the tying goal late in the third period.

I've got to make this quick, and go strap it on for the OSU-Michigan game, which will be followed by the CBJ at the Blues at 8:00 tonight.  What a great day of sports!!!  The Jackets really need to string some wins together now (as they say it) if they want to climb back into this thing.  If they can take this game tonight at St. Louis, they win the series rather than just splitting it, which is an opportunity they missed with the Sharks.

What a good time last night, and the home team took home the win.  You gotta love that!


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