The CBJ took a tough one on the chin again against the Red Wings, as they lost a heart breaker 3-2 at the hands of Henrik Zetterberg. With the game tied and :12 seconds on the clock, he banked the puck off of Pascal Leclaire, very Gretzky-like in his approach for the GWG. He single handedly won the game back on March 19th with a "natural hat trick" and tonight collecting his 95th point and his sixth goal in eight games in the season series, took care of business. They chalked up the sixth President's Trophy in franchise history and are my pick to win the Cup.
Give credit to goaltender Pascal Leclaire who was stellar until his "gaff" on the GWG. He was the star of the game without exception, although he was not given credit by the Detroit media. He challenged the NHL's best for 57 minutes of play. Sad thing the game is 60 minutes. He passed an audition for Team Canada, in front of GM Steve Yzerman and Head Coach Ken Hitchcock, as this was phase one of a three game visual.
The eight in our title stands for the Syracuse Crunch players up with the parent club due to injury. They all came into the game and played significant roles in the disappointing defeat. Congratulations go out to Aaron Rome for his 1st NHL goal that found the five hole of Hasek from 60' and for Adam Pineault who played his first NHL game. In watching the call ups tonight, there are some young talented men that have a great future in the game.
Some accolades go out to Manny who won 21-29 face-offs tonight in a game where he played 22:27. Rick Nash was a horse as he had seven shots on goal (now ranking seventh in the NHL) collecting an assist for a career high 68 points and continually driving to the net with second effort. He was robbed early in period number three by Hasek to keep the game close. What a treat to watch this guy develop into a man and a perennial leader… Rick, help is on the way as the CBJ have some collectible assets in the household for summer fun!
Congratulations go out to "Hitch" who will coach his own Canadian team in the 2008 World Championship that will be held for the first time in 100 years in North America. The defending gold medal winners will have time now to put a cast of talent together in hopes of the repeat gold. Halifax and Quebec City go hand in hand to extend the World to games. It is proposed that all games will fit into a schedule that will also work with the playing of the Stanley Cup playoffs as well… that will be great for all hockey fans.
Off to St. Louis for a home-and-home Saturday and Sunday… stay tuned. Pride and job vacancies are on the line, but the goal of staying above .500 for the season is on the line for the first time in franchise history!!
*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 4/5 @St. Louis.