True to my promise, I did manage to stay awake through most of this game. I sure know how to pick ’em, eh?
Jackets came out listless, never really caught fire more than sporadically. Mason had a bad game. Yes, it was the second half of a back-to-back on the road, on the west coast, none of which ever portends well for this team. But this was just ugly. Although a sound thrashing by the Kings in October seems to be one of the most firmly entrenched traditions of this young franchise, so maybe we were just due for it.
Of course, the outcome of the game was somewhat secondary in the talking points afterwards. The big story happened in the first period, when Rob Scuderi low-bridged Jason Chimera, who went head-over-heels and landed on his face, opening a nasty cut over his eye. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a brief video:
Scuderi was not penalized on the play. Derek Dorsett left the bench to confront him, resulting in a two-many men penalty for the Jackets and a game misconduct for himself. Then, to add insult to injury, Chimera was given a ten-minute misconduct for, I dunno, bleeding all over the ice? (Yeah, I know it was for mouthing off at the officials)
It was the sort of injustice that one would hope would light a fire under the Jackets. Except it didn’t. Well, except for Dorsett, but he was gone.
The league fined Scuderi today but opted for no further punishment for Dorsett. Chimera, luckily, was just cut — the way he landed, it could have been much, much worse. It’s frustrating the way it all went down last night, but time to move on and beat Phoenix on Wednesday and move back into a playoff slot.