Jackets 4, Pens 3 (SO)

Two more points…two more points…two more points.

Just keep repeating that to drown out what was ugly about that game!

The Jackets played a so-so first period, a strong second, and then the wheels fell off in the third. Playing back on your heels against a team with the offensive talent of Pittsburgh is a sure way to give up goals, and the Jackets let the Pens come back from 3-0 to tie it. They hung on to win it in the shootout, but damn! Gotta close these ones down!

I will give props to Jason Williams, for scoring a nice goal on a backhand shot. It’s amazing how many players even at the NHL level can’t get off a good backhander and will try to move the puck around to their forehand. So always nice to see a player scoring on the backhand.

The crowd was a record for a Blue Jackets game at Nationwide, an SRO 19,167. Wa-a-a-a-y too many of them were Pens fans, though. Wonder how many made the trip from Pittsburgh vs. live in Central Ohio? The Steelers fans always seem to crawl out of the woodwork around here, so I suppose there are lots of Penguins fans among us as well. At least they were generally less obnoxious than the Buffalo fans who have graced us with their presence in the past. Still, I can’t wait ’til these games against the Pens and Wings are 90%+ Jackets fans in the house.

No rest for the wicked — the Jackets are right back at it tomorrow night against the Hawks in Chicago. No TV in Columbus, so you’ll have to listen on the radio like we did in the olden days (while simultaneously walking ten miles uphill in a blizzard to school…)

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