A quote from John Kelley, the voice of the St. Louis Blues... "Thank you... Thank you... Thank you" - that is something the 18 CBJ players should be heralding toward goaltender Steve Mason tonight. A game the CBJ had a chance to win in regulation was lost in the shootout. Let it not be critical in nature to describe the game as one sided, the CBJ were out shot 48-29, but squeaked out a 4-3 shootout loss.
When one hears of a stat, Nashville is 9-0 when scoring a PP goal; one knows that things do not look too promising. How about the Preds going 2-8 on the PP and the CBJ going 1-3? The difference in the hockey game was related to the lack of discipline with such penalties as tripping, slashing, delay of game and then the cruncher, three hooking calls. The legs must work harder than the stick and the second effort must prevail when one plays in the confines of the Sommet Center.
Give kudos to the Preds. Barry Trotz is being touted as a Jack Adams Trophy candidate for the simple reason that every year he has a new lineup. A bunch of unknowns are transformed into guys that can play. Structure and "discipline" dot the lineup this year. They have the "Geezer Line" of Sullivan, Arnott and Dumont that is a constant each and every night.
As the newly vamped Preds begin to roll, such household names come to the forefront Santorelli... Ward... Horqvist... Goc... Franson... Bouillon, just to name a few of unknowns, who chip in and do their justice. Take Wade Belak out of the equation, and the lowest ice time by any Preds player is Tootoo with 8:56 of ice.
The Preds M.O. is quite simple... they stay out of the box... they check with their speed and legs, and they are tenacious and disciplined in their structure in all facets of the game. The "Black Hole" (Sommet Center) as Jeff Rimer calls it, is a tough place to play... and when they score a PP goal, they are now 10-0 in league action.
But to be brief in this blog... thank you Steve Mason... you helped garner a much needed point on the road! Off to NYC now, in the cards for a Monday night is a tilt with the Rangers.
*Throughout the season, AAA will bring you the Broadcaster's Blogs - "Bobby Mac's Blog," "Davidge Dishes" and "Rimer Ramblings." The Columbus Blue Jackets radio and television analysts will try to keep you updated on all the season action through their blogs, especially when the Blue Jackets are on the road.