One Point and a Point Made
The LA Kings came into town and stole two hard points and left taking points in 10 of their last 14 games and winning the seventh game of an eight game road trip.
Anze Kopitar proved he is a special 20-year old as he scored his 23rd and 24th goals of the year. Ron Hainsey scored his sixth (all PP) and Rick Nash deposited his 29th, to tie it at 2 in the second period.
The OT brought no results and the shootout fell in favor of the Kings, as Patrick O'Sullivan buried the GW Shootout Goal.
Even though the extra point was lost, a couple of highs were noted. The PP was 2-for-4 and directed seven shots on net. The play of Dick Tarnstrom was impressive and he was able to collect an assist in over 18 minutes of play. He had not played in the last two weeks as he was held up with immigration problems following his trade for Curtis Glencross.
On paper, the CBJ's should have walked away with what they wanted, but the game is not played on paper. Dan Cloutier had not played an NHL game in over a year and only had an 86.9 save percentage in 13 games in the AHL, came in a played a solid game. He took advantage of his time and delivered the mail earning second star accolades and stopping 31-of-33 shots.
The CBJ did show up and dug in and got in the high traffic areas, but the wasted effort showed only two goals on the board. An example of the perils of being around the blue of the crease can be seen on the bruised, cut and battered face of Jason Chimera. It goes to show, that it does not matter who is in the opposition's net, the want and the confidence to score must take center stage. The greatest feeling in the game is to score a goal, and somehow it must return to the players mind set soon.
There is not a night off in the future with a home game against the Hawks on Wednesday night. The schedule then could be a recipe for success or failure, determined by the outcome. The five road games, St. Louis, Detroit, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, must be taken one at a time in a goal of keeping things basic and remedied by hard work and competing… which need to be characterized by scoring.
*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 2/15 @Detroit.