Raking by the Leafs...

Wednesday, 02.20.2008 / 9:28 AM / Blogs
By Bill Davidge  - Television Color Analyst

February 20

Three first period goals proved to be insurmountable as the CBJ could not overcome a 3-1 deficit in the final 40 minutes-plus at the Air Canada Centre in downtown Toronto, Ontario. It was not Sundin or Tucker that punctured the CBJ hopes of a win, but a covey of others, Colaiacovo, Antropov on the PP and the clincher was the fourth liner Chad Kilger with his 10th of the year. The CBJ got a 2-on-1 tally from Zherdev his 24th, with Peca setting the table with his seventh assist in the past seven games.

Disappointment really stood tall in period two with the CBJ going 0-for-4 on the PP. They had been 6-for-19 coming into the game, but failed to produce many Grade A chances to test Toskala, who proved to be the #1 star of the night. They did not have an opportunity in the first or the third on the PP as they did not get dirty and reckless in a game that needed those elements of want.

It has been the same story for the guys each and every night as the inability to get some offensive support for Nash and Zherdev has not been consistent enough. It is especially difficult for the goaltending duo of Norrena and Leclaire, who have had to play lights out and keep things close. The mental pressure on everybody becomes very draining when scoring is an issue. They are all "heavy games" and taxing to the mind… yes… but that has an inert effect on everything else.

It has been an impressive stat when they do score first goal in the game… they are 20-3-5. They have only been able to accomplish that one time in the past six games. Fans, this is where the teams at this time of the year separate themselves from winning and losing.

Off to Ottawa after the game, where the team will practice at the University of Ottawa during the next three days with a game sandwiched in at the Corel Center. The Sens just came off of a 3-2 SOW vs. the Flyers.

 



*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 2/21 @Ottawa.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
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