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CBJ Win Series 4-3-1, but Shootout Jitters the Difference!

by Bill Davidge / Columbus Blue Jackets

March 31

One loss of an edge was the difference in the game with the Hawks tonight, as they came back form a 3-1 deficit to knock off the CBJ 5-4 in OT. With a little under seven minutes to go, Kris Russell lost an edge that eventually led to the game tying goal by Yanic Perrault. The "kid" was playing a solid game with a couple of assists when what we in the booth call a "snow snake" tackled him in his own zone. No fault, no blame but the end result the turnover ended up in the back of the net.

The PK was a disaster tonight as the Hawks went 3-7 on the PP. Who is your best penalty killer?... your goaltender… and Fredrik Norrena was not his best tonight.

It does make a world of difference to have some help, but especially in the shootout a goaltender can win a game, but Patrick Kane deposited the GWG with a patented deke to the backhand. That was his seventh shootout goal in nine chances, one of the best in the NHL.

Some CBJ highlights tonight… Russell had his second career two point night… Brule had two assists… Andrew Murray had a goal and an assist… Joakim Lindstrom was +2 in 7:51 of ice… Clay Wilson was +2 and had another solid effort… Aaron Rome played 22:08 and was +1… and the highlight night goes to Rusty Klesla who played 31:45 with three of the 10 blocked shots.

What a crowd of 20,885! They have rejuvenated the fans and have good things happening with the best anthem in the league with Frank Pellico on the organ. With our between period interview, former Hawk Cliff Koroll, now the president of the Hawk Alumni explained the resurgence of the city. He credited the kids, Kane and Toews, who have the inert skill to take the team to the next level, as did their coach Dennis Savard in his days as a player. He also attributed the fact of the home games being televised which have been a great hit with the fans as well.

It is good to see the city of Chicago excited again. I say that because I have been a fan for 50+ years and think the logo is the best in the business. The Stan Mikitas' and the Bobby Hulls' are back in the fold… my goal next year is to get Hull on for a between period guest. He is my childhood idol who I have never met.

A couple of days off and then off to Detroit… by the way Happy Birthday Gordie Howe… he turns 80 on March 31st.


*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 4/3 @Detroit.

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