The War Room in Toronto couldn’t help the Columbus Blue Jackets, as the Jackets failed to maintain a 3-1 lead, with 1:36 left on the clock.
It was a total collapse. It’s games like this that will keep the seats empty at Nationwide arena…
The CBJ’s first goal came during a TV commercial. After a stoppage in play, Toronto called down to Nationwide arena’s scoring area, and indicated that the Jeff Carter rebound, actually went in… NO ONE WAS EXPECTING IT. In fact, no one looked more surprised than Carter, himself, when the first goal of the game was announced. A gift, of sorts… completely unexpected… things were going the CBJ’s way… CBJ lead 1-0 after 1 period.
The CBJ had out-shot the Predators 10-1 mid way through the 1st period… the Pred’s seemed tame. Heck, the first minor penalty didn’t get called until under 5 minutes to go in the game. It was all Jackets.
Antoine Vermette and Pred’s Mike Fisher traded goals in the 2nd period. Jackets up 2-1 after 2 periods.
Derek Dorsett scored early in the 3rd period, giving the CBJ a lock down 3-1 lead…
But the tide turned with under 2 minutes to play… The Pred’s Patric Hornqvist scored at 18:24 of the 3rd period, and the weight of the entire Columbus franchise shifted onto the CBJ’s shoulders… was it the same old late period collapse?
Nashville pulled their goalie… Columbus scrambled to clear pucks from their zone… then BOOM! Shae Weber nailed Derek Dorsett as he chipped the puck along the boards. Sammy Pahlsson stepping in and gave a little jab to Weber – but after playing 95% of the game with only one minor penalty, they called Pahlsson on a cheap cross-checking penalty.
The Preds then skated 6 on 4, and with 13 seconds left, Sergei Kostitsyn scored to tie the game in regulation. Just another story line in late period debacles for the Jackets.
Veteran players didn’t make simple plays down the stretch and certainly in overtime. WHAT WERE VERMETTE AND TYUTIN DOING IN OVERTIME? Vermette’s blind pass with Fedor Tyutin below the offensive face-off circle, gave the Preds a counter-attack - 2 on 1. Colin Wilson scored on the odd man rush to give Nashville a 4-3 OT win.
After further video review in Toronto, the War Room determined Columbus was embarassed.
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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!