"Z" Scores Three, But Not for "C"

Thursday, 03.20.2008 / 2:56 PM / Blogs
By Bill Davidge  - Television Color Analyst

March 20

Henrik Zetterberg took it upon himself to change the complexion of the game around in 3-1 come from behind win over the CBJ. The Wings were being outplayed and took a back seat to an early second period goal by Manny Malhotra who scored his 5th in the last three games.

The Jackets had the opportunity to put it away with several scoring opportunities early, but a 1-for-7 PP and a couple of other issues clouded the cover of possible sunshine at the Joe for the visiting CBJ. Jared Boll suffered a hip injury, Dan Fritsche a hand injury and a couple of controversial non calls had ill affect on the psyche of the squad. Give credit to the third period hunger of the Wings as they outshot the CBJ 12-4 and the "natural hat trick" of Detroit's "Z" put the game out of reach.

Timely scoring and goaltending needed to be in the cards tonight, but the longer the Wings played and hung around, one knew what would result. The second best record on home ice in the NHL in front of a boisterous crowd, shaded the CBJ, now 3-2-1 in the season series. This could have been a huge win and one where the overall record of 23-4-6 when scoring first took a hit. Losses are big at this time of year, no question, but the way a team loses as in this contest hurts that much more.

What really is nice as a coach and a player?... Redemption… we do play our next game against the same opponent on Saturday in the confines of NWA, a 7 p.m. tilt.

Brett Lebda is the pride and joy of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. His alma mater plays against Miami, where my coaching ties began. We have a wager. They play in the semi-final round at JLA in the CCHA playoff championships.

ND wins?... I will don a Fighting Irish hat the first two weeks of golf season. Miami wins?... Brett will do the same… go Hawks!

 



*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 3/25 @Nashville.

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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 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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