No, that’s not a misprint. After laying down for Nashville earlier in the week, the Jackets came back and trashed the Wings (or, more specifically, Chris Osgood) at JLA last night, breaking a passel of franchise records in the process. Rick Nash had the hat trick, Antoine Vermette got a point in his first game as a Jacket, RJ Umberger potted a couple. The Jackets were outshot by a substantial margin, which ought to raise some questions about where they are as a team, but, jeez — 8-2! Let’s just bask in the glory for a little bit and leave the tough questions for later.
Jackets now sitting at sixth in the West. There’s starting to be some separation, at least in terms of the Avs and ‘Yotes falling ever more behind in the basement. But it’s still very tight from about #6 to #12, so the Jackets need to keep winning. And it doesn’t get any easier this week, with a visit by the East-leading Bruins on Tuesday night.
In other local hockey news, the hockey Buckeyes knocked off BGSU at the OSU Ice Rink to move into the second round of the CCHA playoffs. The Bucks have been a surprise team this year and are on the bubble for an NCAA bid, a position that would be much helped by advancing in the CCHA. They head to the land of wind and Palins to play Alaska-Fairbanks in the second round next week.
In the ECAC, St. Lawrence got the first-round bye after a last weekend sweep and some help from Quinnipiac. They await the winner of today’s game between Colgate and Quinnipiac to see who they’ll be playing next weekend.