Call it a Relief

CBJ score five goals in victory over Tampa Bay

Monday, 03.10.2008 / 11:53 AM / Blogs
By Bill Davidge  - Television Color Analyst

March 10

Can you say five goals?

That is what Hitch calls relief as the CBJ played three different games in the 60 minute affair against TB, walking away from the afternoon affair with a 5-3 win… Chili for everyone!

It was a good win for the CBJ's, as they finally won their first game at NWA since January 15th, now 1-4-3. At the present the team is only one point behind the franchise record of 74 pts, with the overall record of 31-28-11. With playing 11 of the previous 14 on the road, the team now has four days off, allowing the rest of the league to catch up in games played and most importantly time to heal and get over the bronchial flu that has hit every crevice of the team.

The team has seven of the next 12 at home. The road is not one that concerns the CBJ, as they have gone 7-3-2 in the last 12… bring it on!!

At the time of this blog, the Jackets are five points back of the 8th and final playoff spot. Asked if the team is still in the hunt, Hitch responded with an arousing, "no idea," but explaining there were several teams going up and down the ladder to the post season. It would be referred "as the teams that are worrying about their status right now are the teams that are sliding down" the chute… he and the team are not worrying about it, but there is a pulse as to what their status may be.

Here are some highlights from the desperate win:

•Rusty Klesla was +4, played 25 minutes and had two hits and two blocked shots

•Aaron Rome was futile in his steady play. He had 16:55 of ice but 5:36 dedicated to the shorthanded variety. His presence with square shoulders directed up ice all night was a welcomed sight.

Derek Mackenzie scored his first NHL goal. A slapped around rebound that found the empty net will be remembered 30 years from now as a blast that Smith just couldn't catch up with!!!

•Jiri Novotny scored his first goal in 25 games, even though it was an empty netter, it still counts.

•Michael Peca scored his first since January 3rd.

Rick Nash had two assists to set a career high in points with 35 goals and 23 assists for 58 points.

•Manny Malhotra was 15-3 in the face-off circle good enough for fourth in the league with 58.1%.

•Zherdev added a couple of assists, 33 on the year, a career high as well

•Lecavalier and St. Louis were both -3 on the night, even though they both scored goals.

•Dan Boyle, who just signed a 6-year $42 million dollar extension, was not a factor in 28:16 of play. After talking with the Miami(Ohio) University product, he is ecstatic about is future, especially after his two wrist surgeries earlier this season. It was only back in the spring of '98 that we signed him in the basement of my Oxford home with the Florida Panthers… his signing bonus was small, but his lunch at Mac & Joe's Pub a the university was even smaller. It is amazing what time brings to those with a passion!!

 



*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 3/19 @Detroit.

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  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
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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 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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