Every time I think my interest level in this team has hit rock bottom, they manage to gut out a win and suck me back in for more abuse.
Last night’s game was hardly one of beauty, apart from a couple lovely saves by Garon. It was a tough, grind-it-out, physical hockey game. And for once, the Jackets came out on top in a game of that nature. Imagine that! And to do it in St. Louis, no less, a place that’s reached almost Nashvillean proportions as a place of horror for the Jackets. And, to top it off, they even managed to win after giving up a late tying goal, an event that normally signals a complete collapse by this team.
Maybe they’ve turned the corner at last?
But it was good to see them win one like this, nonetheless.
Nice one tonight by the Jackets. For once they didn’t give up an early goal. And in fact, they managed to jump out to a 3-0 lead over the hated Preds. Granted, when Nashville made it 3-1 and then 3-2 in fairly quick succession, I started getting that old familiar sinking feeling. But Mason and the defense gutted it out for the regulation win. Can’t beat a close win over a big rival.
The only downside tonight was that my HD cable box is on the fritz, so I was forced to watch this game in sad old regular definition like it was 1990 or something. Sheesh.
With the win tonight, the Jackets are…still in fourteenth place. Doh!
Kings in town on Thursday. LA’s been a surprising team this year, with a lot of young talent taking a step forward (sigh), so it shan’t be easy to turn this into a two game winning streak for the Jackets. But hope springs eternal, right? Maybe my cable box will even be working by then.
I know that all those silly sports fan superstitions that hold that some behavior on the part of individual fans can affect the outcome of a game are bunk. That what I wear to the game or where I eat before the game or whatever can somehow control what happens on the ice — come on now. But still…
YOU’RE WELCOME, EVERYBODY.
I decide to skip going to the game last night for a variety of reasons — which altogether added up to “I feel like sitting home on the couch” — and they pull off a hard-fought, tight, goalie battle of an OT win against the hated Red Wings. In front of a sellout crowd (at least I can say I was part of the sellout, since this game was in my 20-pack and as such, my ticket was bought and paid-for). What a night to miss. Although my couch was very comfortable and the already-been-paid-for beer tasted good.
The Jackets had been looking somewhat better in the games leading up to last night, even with the wins not coming, so hopefully this signifies that some sort of corner has been turned, and they can start putting some points on the board again. Hopefully. We’ve seen some false dawns already in the last two nightmarish months.
Jackets go again tonight on Long Island. We’ll get to see the CBJ debuts of Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina.
(for me, at least)
OSU women’s hockey schedule has been released, and at last the Skating Saints are making a trip to Columbus! I haven’t had a chance to see them play here since I moved to Columbus, so I am pretty excited for this.
Here’s something to tide you over until 7PM: