A discouraging result the last couple of games for the CBJ, as they are shorted two big points in consecutive losses….one at home a 4-3 shootout loss to the Hawks…and tonight a 4-3 OT loss to the NYI.
This loss on Long Island really hurts as the CBJ dominated every facet of the game without the desired result. A scoreless first period led to 3 consecutive goals by the Isles in the second period. It appeared it was going to be one of those nights going into the third with a 21-16 edge on shots on goal….then it was Marc Methot scoring the first goal as he came in from his right point position to curl around the net and back hand one past the sprawling Joey Mac Donald. RJ Umberger then scored a PP goal on a second effort play in front of the net as he picked up a Rick Nash rebound and paid the price in the blue of the crease to make it 3-2….1:12 was the time between tallies. RJ scored his 2nd of the night, his 3rd in the last two games on a "goal scorer’s goal," as he released the puck quickly on a steal from the defender….just like that the CBJ were back in business.
It appeared we were ready to put the throttle down the rest of the game and bury the Isles, but that was not to be the case again tonight. What the reason for our demise in the last couple of games is a topic that can certainly be debated by all of us. The obvious appears to the fan of the game, is that we are on a learning curve when it comes to winning in tight contests…..and the prediction is one for a better future.These are must points that need to be regained as the season continues.
There are some concerns about Rick Nash and his pressing to score. One goal in the past 6 games, and that was the empty net gimme in the Vancouver win. It isn’t from lack of effort or want, but boy, is he stymied when it comes to finding the net. An abundance of missed breakaways, lack of precision coming off the boards into the high traffic areas are usually his forte, but as of late, he is not himself….maybe a tweak here and there physically is affecting the leader, but one thing for sure, when he scores, they will come in bunches. Don’t fret a minute fans, the captain and his crew is ready for the home stand.
Pascal Leclaire is mounting a comeback this week as he is back on the ice and skating. The time frame is to be determined. Freddie Modin had a productive return getting an assist, but the 2 inch gimme at the start of period number 2 will have him dreaming of missing his first of the year. Let us hope he is not in stop and go mode and he is able to put a run of games together without a hiccup. Raffe Torres is back. His 10 hits against the Hawks and his 4 shots tonight show the spark this team needs to win games.
Derek Brassard was out with flu like symptoms and was a huge loss in this game tonight. Derek Dorsett was delegated to Syracuse with the returning of Modin off the IR….why people ask?....he can be returned without having to clear waivers as he is currently on his entry level contract. This kid will return to the league eventually and build a solid reputation of being an "in your face" type player that has the ability to score as well.
The Canadian teams invade NWA with Edmonton Wednesday, Montreal, Friday, and the Calgary Flames on Saturday…..stay tuned….will there be a Looney or a Tooney promotion in there someplace?...check Bluejackets.com for details.
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