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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Jackets rescue a point

Things looked ugly... real ugly, especially in that second period.

...but these Jackets, with an assist from Blue TJ Oshie, found a way to scratch and claw their way back into this game and steal a point in a game that went into a 4 round shootout -- one in which they probably had no business getting anything.

Of course that assist I'm referring to was the hit (or was it a charge?) that Oshie landed on Jackets Captain Rick Nash. As Nash stated in the paper that hit woke the team up and the big man. In fact, Nash went as far to say that he was "glad he did it".

Love it.


* Pretty much owned over the fist 40, the Jackets down 3-1 playing in a hostile environment stormed back with two goals in 93 seconds to steal a point... a point, as mentioned, they probably had no business getting but that is what good teams do, and that is what I love about this year's edition of the Jackets. They have a way of generating points in unlikely situations.

* Steve Mason. He certainly had at least one goal he'd like back but the Jackets don't grab a point without his play after the Blues' 3rd goal. This kid's composure after giving up goals is uncanny and to me is one of his best assets. Nothing rattles him.

* Nash and Juice. The Jackets best offensive players delivered when their team needed them the most. We'll need more of the same down the stretch.

* Team response to Oshie hit. Love to see Russell jumping in there... the best response was putting the two up on the scoreboard. Oshie btw was a -1 and missed his shootout goal.

* Umberger to Vermette for that shorthanded goal... key goal that stopped the bleeding and turned momentum for a bit.

* Got to give the coach a nod here... the lines weren't clicking last night and he made the necessary changes. Always hard to tell if that contributes to the comeback but from where I was sitting it was definitely the right time in that game to hit the shuffle-o-matic.

* Jackets PK killed off all 6 penalties against the league's 7th best PP including a brief 5 on 3 man advantage.

* Really liked the energy from the Dorsett-Peca-Murray line.

* Jackets Backers representin in St. Louis. Well done folks!

* I didn't think the first period was all that bad. You just knew the Blues would come out on fire but the Jackets hung in there for the most part. It certainly could have been better though.

* The 2nd period was a train wreck and the Jackets were damn lucky to only be down by 2 heading into the final frame.

* Just waaay to many penalties.

* I hope Klesla is okay as he was just starting to find his game.

* The St. Blues usher who threatened to toss a Jacket Backer for waiving his flag.

1. Point rescued.
2. Nash/Juice delivering clutch goals in the 3rd.
3. Jacket Backers representin on the road.

The win keeps the Jackets in 6th place with a 4 point cushion on Nashville (who plays Detroit tonight on the road).

No time to dwell for the good guys as they get the Blues again in their house tonight at 5 p.m. I expect another spirited affair with the hope that the Jackets will turn the tables on the Blues.

We really need to give these boys a home ice boost so if your on the fence, get on down to Nationwide and pick up some tickets.

My plan is to hit the R Bar no later than 1500 (that's 3 p.m.!).... I've missed my home away from home :)



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