Bill Davidge Blog from October 21-23
A disappointing 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night put a little rain on a short lived parade out of Buffalo (3-0 win). The Jackets through everything at the Canucks early, 3 posts and out shot them at one point 23-6, and were down 2-1.
For the second time in franchise history, the Jackets did not allow a shot on goal, the second period vs. Vancouver. The shot chart was indicating we were all over them, but… the need for a greasy, grindy, ugly and non assuming goals was not in the crystal ball at Nationwide. A small tweak here and there near the blue of the crease can solve the goal scoring issue, one would hope. The power play must get off the wall and introduce themselves to the 24 square feet once again.
OSU product, Ryan Kesler worked his tail off all night and was rewarded with a couple of goals, his first two of the year. Marcus Naslund scored a goal scorers tally on a "hold me tight and never let me go" goal!! Rick Nash tried once again to carry the team on his ever broadening shoulders, and was rewarding graciously with a beautiful feed from David Vyborny.
Bowling Green graduate Kevin Bieksa continues to improve his game and showed a gorgeous adjustment with a 55' blast from the left point. Leclaire did not have much of a chance when the puck moved 60' across the blueline and then the one timer. The Niagara district product joins fellow newcomers Nathan Horton, Dan Paille and Dan Girardi as the most prominent to lately come from the Peninsula. Others from around the area are veterans Rob Blake, Dwayne Roloson and Wayne Emery.
Monday night in Chicago was met with ribs at Carson's for some and for others Bruce Springsteen at the United Center… George and I enjoyed the ribs!! They were dedicated to Jeff Rimer, who remained in Columbus since FSN was not carrying the Hawk game on Tuesday.
The pot was stirred in the Hawk dressing room after the morning skate. Jonathon Toews and Troy Murray North Dakota grads with a history of crowns under their belt. Myself and Kevin Adams are products of the newly acquainted hockey factory at Miami. Ranked #1 and #2 respectfully in Division 1 college hockey, a rivalry for stature is apparent. The torch has been lit for a follow up every few weeks on the status of such programs in their national ranking. Troy Murray's comment how many NCAA crowns has Miami won?… my answer… the egg just hatched in Oxford and the bird is ready to fly to the ultimate prize. The Red Hawks are for real… at least for now.
A 7-4 win and one cannot say enough about Nash again as he collects 2 goals and an assist. Peca 3 assists, Novotny a couple of goals, Klesla a pair of assists, a PP goal and a short handed empty net goal by Tollefson with an assist by Norrena… but it was the 5-on-5 goals that I was tickled about. A tip, a rebound, a five-holer and a stuff… ugly and effective for the boys in blue as they found pay dirt in the high traffic areas in front of Khabibulin.
The first star was truly a star tonight in Patrick Kane, as he collected 2 goals and 2 assists to have 9 points in the last 3 games. A little Denis Savard with the kid in his offensive prowess will bring the people out of their seats for years to come. Sad thing is, we have to play against this talent for the next 7 games of the season.
A happy trip home will get the boys to bed around 2:30 a.m. Say good night!!
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