The Columbus Blue Jackets started last night’s game, on the road in Montreal, with speed and urgency. The Jackets nearly scored on their first three shifts. But it was CBJ leading scorer, Vinney Prospal, who scored nearly 9 minutes in. Columbus got goals from RJ Umberger and a shootout winner from captain Rick Nash.
James Wisniewski was all mouth before the game. He ended last year in Montreal, and vowed to show Montreal why they should have re-signed him. He vowed to have an impact in the game. Unfortunately, it was Wisniewski who turned the puck over, with 10 seconds to go in the first, and Montreal poured in a goal with 1 second left. It was also Wisniewski who bumbled a centering pass, with 2 minutes to play, that cost the CBJ a win in regulation.
Wisniewski’s exploits aside, the CBJ played well enough to take two points last night. In fact, the CBJ took 4 of 8 points on their Canadian road trip. The CBJ are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games. The Jackets continue to get great goaltending from Curtis Sanford. The Sand Man was the #1 star in last night’s match up, stopping 90% of his shots in regulation and all three penalty shooters.
It was the first game the CBJ started their official top line of Rick Nash, Kristian Huselius, and Jeff Carter. It’s been a LONG TIME coming… it was Huselius’s second game back in the lineup. Unfortunately, he left the game with a lower body injury later in the game… too bad, as these three dominated in each shift they were together.
Overall, the CBJ limited the speedy Habs to only 12 shots in the final two periods. Meanwhile, if the CBJ finished just a few of their quality scoring chances, this game doesn’t go into extra time or shootout.
Columbus is now entering a 5 game home stand, starting tomorrow night against the Nashville Predators. Just think if the hold serve on home ice!?!?!?!?
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Written by Dennis Patchett
Huge NHL and soccer fan! Love Columbus, Ohio sports! Buckeyes, Crew, Blue Jackets! Also, the Washington Capitals are my new adopted NHL team!