Friday, December 15, 2006

Streak Snapped at 5

The team's longest winning streak of the year was snapped in a road shootout loss to Phoenix 5-4. A tough loss after a spirited game, Mike Comrie of Phoenix scored the lone goal of the shootout for the slim margin of victory.

Jacket goals scored by Carter, Nash, Federov and Vyborny. Adam Foote is still out, but Nikolai Zherdev played 15 minutes with 2 SOG. While Columbus was 0-5 on the power play, the Coyotes were 2-9. For Phoenix, Jeremy Roenick was a healthy scratch.

Sunday, December 10, 2006


To say this afternoon's victory was impressive would be a grand understatement. You can watch hockey for a long time without seeing what happened in Quebec as the Jackets scored five straight power play goals: Nash, Nash again, Fritsche, Hainsey and Fritsche again. The power of the offense was beautiful to see, and all this with Zherdev still out.

The only downside to the game were injuries: goalie Pascal Leclaire had to leave the game with a 5-0 lead and Adam Foote left the game in the first period with a leg injury. Hopefully they will be back soon.
Columbus 5 St. Louis 1

A solid road win for the Jackets powered by Sergei Federov, who netted two goals and assisted on another one. Gilbert Brule continued his solid play. The young center scored a goal and assisted on Adam Foote's first goal of the season. Fredrik Modin added a power play goal to start the game's scoring. Norrena was again solid in goal, stopping 24 of 25 shots. In his last three games he has given up one goal. Impressive indeed.

Let's be frank, the Jackets need some road wins to get confidence up and if they are to get on track, St. Louis has to be seen as a win. They built on the shutout wins in Colorado and Edmonton to at least get the fans excited about the season's second half, and that is quite important when assessing a coaching change. Don't just get rid of a coach for the sake of change - make a change that will fundamentally change the season. This win makes it three in a row. No letups so far.

Sunday, December 03, 2006


"I'm taking baby steps, Dr. Marvin."

In a rare road win, the Jackets shutout the Oilers 4-0. Columbus goalie Fredrik Norrena earned his first NHL shutout by stopping 21 shots. Four different goal scorers for the Blue Jackets: Svitov, Brule, Carter and Fritsche (who also had two assists).

The short analysis of the team since the coaching change is that the team has played harder and focused on the defensive end. The last three games they have given up a total of 3 goals. Nice start for Coach Hitchcock, but it is a long season.