And I mean that literally, St. Louis. For you lost a hockey game and TJ Oshie. Plus some pride. I have to admit that I did not have a lot of confidence going into Nationwide last night, hoping that the Blue Jackets could score their usual three goals and hold St. Louis to only two.
The Jackets didn’t do much wrong last night and the Blues’ defense didn’t do much right. They reminded me of the Jacket defense of last season, slow and prone to turnovers. Yes, I know they were without Barret Jackman, a man who thinks that hitting someone from behind is the way to play. When he retires, he is going to open up the Checking From Behind Hockey School. The jerseys for the students won’t have numbers on the back.
The only negative aspect of the game was that Derek Dorsett can’t remember that Ken Hitchock is no longer coaching the team. When you have a seven goal lead and things have calmed down in the final minutes of the game, Derek, you’re supposed to ease up and plan for the next outing against the Blues. You’re weren’t playing D League hockey against a co-ed team where the local custom is to celebrate every goal and trash talk.
I don’t want to read too much into the game last night because it’s still early and things happen quickly in hockey, especially bad things, but that was an impressive win and a confidence builder for me. I can’t make the game Friday, but the Jackets have a good chance against an injured Colorado team.
I’m sure Mason will start the game and I hope he can put together back-to-back wins. He had some good saves last night, he had some good luck with St. Louis missing the net a lot, and he also had the misfortune of a Fedor Tyutin giveaway for the only St. Louis goal.
After Colorado, it will be three tough games on the U.S. West Coast. Three points would be nice, four better, and five unbelievable.
Again, last night was something. A total team effort. Great job from the old man Clark, from Brassard showing that he is what he is supposed to be, from Voracek getting the monkey off his back, from Filatov showing some toughness, and on and on. As we used to say in Detroit, Bless you boys!