At last, the losing streak is over! Jackets turn in a solid performance tonight against the Blues in a fairly close game (the two empty net goals at the end make it look less close than it was). R.J. Umberger came up big with the hat trick and the GWG.
Not all good news for the Jackets tonight, however. Late in the first period, Rusty Klesla collided with Barrett Jackman and fell awkwardly with Jackman on top of him. Hockey players generally have a pretty high pain tolerance, so when a guy stays down on the ice and is literally writhing in pain, it’s a bad sign. Klesla was helped off the ice and did not return. Hopefully it will not keep him out too long, but it certainly didn’t look good. If he is out for an extended period, it’s a big blow to this struggling defensive corps. In the short term, as Marc Methot was apparently already nursing a minor injury, we can probably expect a call-up from Syracuse.
Jackets are right back at it tomorrow night on the road. Another important Central Division game, this time against Chicago. Now that the losing streak is over, time to get a winning streak going!