Sunday, December 10, 2006

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.

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