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Jackets 4, Sabres 0

This may have been the most gratifying CBJ game I’ve attended this season. As could be expected, the arena was overrun with drunken, chanting hordes of Sabres fans (As an aside, whenever the Sabres make one of their rare appearances at Nationwide, I rethink a little more my desire to have the Jackets move to the Eastern Conference). And the Jackets just took them out of it and quieted them down.

It was not really a dominating performance by Columbus in terms of the run of play. The lopsided score was mostly down to a poor goaltending performance by Patrick Lalime, starting with the weird goal scored off a half-ice dump-in by Milan Jurcina, which bounced off the boards, hit Lalime on the back of the skate and went in the net. It can happy to any goaltender (as a former goalie, yeah, it’s happened to me), but it did pretty much set the tone for the night.

At the other end, Steve Mason was looking much more like last season’s Calder winner. The “You’ve been Mase’d” graphic made an appearance on the scoreboard, and a couple more saves could have merited it. Mason did get some good luck as well, the crossbar saving one goal, and his defense bailing him out when he got caught out behind the net.

Just one of those nights when everything goes right for the Jackets and wrong for their opponents. All the sweeter when it happens in a sold-out Nationwide Arena that’s 40% full of fans of the opposing team. The “Go Home Buffalo” chant rising out of the crowd in the final minutes was the icing on the cake.

For those who keep track of such things (why?), last night was the first time all season I’ve paid to park in the garage. Made it all the way to February parking on the street. And I didn’t even really try to find a place on the street. It was also the first time this season I bought food at the arena, as Chipotle looked packed at 5:15. So the most gratifying game of the season was also the most expensive for me (although on a pure dollar per minute basis, the St. Louis game I went to a couple weeks ago, bought a $9 beer and left halfway through the first period due to being in a state of utter meltdown about some work stuff…well, better not to think too much about THAT). Glad that worked out.

On an off-topic note: seriously, run out to your local record store or your internet downloading machine, or however you kids get music these days, and get RJD2’s new album. Listening to it right now as I write this.

Claude Noel now 2-0 as Jackets coach. The Jackets remain in fourteenth place.


Jackets 6, Sabres 1

After laying an egg against Phoenix on Wednesday, the Jackets put on a much stronger performance last night in Buffalo, embarrassing the Sabres. Strong play from the line of Umberger, Chimera, and Malhotra, while Derick Brassard looked good playing between Nash and Huselius. They’ve moved into the top eight in the conference at last, so let’s hope they can keep it up tonight in Minnesota.

Jackets 3, Sabres 0

Another good performance by the CBJs, who pick up their first road win of the season. Third shutout for Pascal.

I will be in the crowd on Sunday against the Canucks…hope the Jackets can keep it up through that game.

(Yeah, this is kind of a lame post, but I was at O’Hare until 1:30 yesterday morning — their time — and didn’t get home until 4 AM — our time. I’m lucky I could stay awake through the Jackets game at all.)

Sunday morning quick hits

I didn’t make it down to watch camp this morning. Overslept, have stuff to do around the house, watching ManU vs Chelsea, went to Sonic in Grove City for breakfast, insert more excuses here.

So in lieu of exciting camp coverage/pictures, here are some links to check out:

So much to cover…

…so little energy. Been out of town the past few days. To sum up:

  • Hip concert in Erie was excellent, despite the best efforts of the crowd to turn it into a Sabres rally. Which made it all the more pleasant to hear the Sabres get knocked out of the playoffs yesterday. Downie did do a little shout-out to them, though, changing the “loosening my grip on Bobby Orr” lyric in “Fireworks” to “loosening my grip on Derek Roy.”
  • Sens going to the finals. Weird feeling, seeing as how I rooted for this team for a decade, then just stopped caring last season. I’ll cheer for them in the finals, but if they win, it won’t mean much of anything to me.
  • I was driving and listening to the game on XM, so I missed NBC switching away from the OT yesterday to cover the Preakness pre-race. It’s drawing comment from other blogs
  • Allardyce to Newcastle. I’m willing to give him a chance and hope he makes a difference — he’s already cut Titus Bungle loose, which is a step in the right direction.
  • Bombers headed to the Kelly Cup finals!
  • Jackets trade rights to Adam McQuaid to Boston. I’m a bit disappointed about this, given that McQuaid seems to be a half-decent prospect on the blueline, and the Columbus org is thin there. Obviously, they didn’t think they could get him signed and didn’t want to lose him for nothing.
  • Thankfully I went out last night and didn’t sit through the Crew’s 4-0 shellacking in NY. Watched it in super ffwd on DVR this morning. Ugh.

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