Is That Any Good?
A question to Fedorov in the post game show went something like this, "Your line with Nash and Vyborny has really started to show some chemistry lately?"
Answer: "No, it is the result of units of five working hard together that are getting the results."
What a statement that explains the amoeba of the CBJ defensive play that stymied the Hawks to only 18 shots in a well earned 4-2 win.
The seams, the gap control between forwards and defensemen, and the use of blocked shots and stick positioning resulted in a great effort in the defensive zone. The result was three goals scored off the rush tonight.
Put a Blackhawk jersey on Jason Chimera with the number 9, would the goal he scored not have looked like something that Bobby Hull would have scored 40 years ago? Going down the wing with a boomer high to the glove side was pretty impressive.
How about the Gretzky curl by Chimera inside the blueline to feed a breaking Dan Fritsche who deposited the biscuit on the high stick? Ok… I am getting a little carried away with the Hull and Gretzky comparison but both were impressive for Chimmer who finished with a goal and an assist.
While we are making comparisons with players of the past that have made an impact on the game, someone said that Gordie Howe was in the rink tonight as well. Rick Nash walked away tonight with the Gordie Howe "hat trick" - a goal, an assist, and a fight. Did you hold your breath when Rick was throwing the right hand and landing on Jim Vandermeer?
What an effort from Foote and Hejda matching up with the first round line of Ruutu, Toews and Kane. They were both +3 and Footer had assist three hits and played 22:50.
The line of Brule, Shelley and Boll were full of energy and brought the crowd out of their seats with five hits and some second efforts in all areas of the ice. The Boll-Byfuglien fight was a dandy with the 6'4" 258-pound Blackhawk learning the "The Wrecking Boll" is a gamer!
As physical as the game appeared to be with 22 hits for the CBJ and 12 by Chicago, the CBJ were 0-1 on the PP and the Hawks were 0-3.
Hitch's comment about the "energy line… 25-27-49" was right on the money, mentioning that when they take care of their own business in their own zone, the offense will become apparent. The transition game is in the favor of this line when they do what is expected.
Welcome back to Duvie Westcott, (missed 12 games with a slight concussion) who was paired with Kris Russell. Westcott and Russell played a very respectable game at both ends of the rink. They will be fun to watch if they continue to play together.
A fun game to watch, call and be a part of last night… that refers to a few of the fans behind the CBJ and Hawk benches just prior to the Nash-Vandermeer bout, as well. A few Blackhawk fans had a slight disagreement with our victorious CBJ contingent… I would love to see the replay of that one!
*Throughout the season, AAA will bring you the Broadcaster's Blogs - "Davidge Dishes" and "Rimer Ramblings". The Columbus Blue Jackets broadcasters will try to keep you update on all the behind the scenes action through their blogs, especially when the Blue Jackets hit the road. The next road game is 11/16 @St. Louis.