A 4-3 win in regulation against the Red Wings at home, sent the 18,188 fans home with a smile. The 122nd sellout in NWA history also saw history in setting a milestone mark with the 75 points with 10 games to go!
It certainly was not pretty by some facets of the defensive game, but was highlighted by a 43 save performance by Fredrik Norrena… yes… Norrena. Leclaire took a shot off the head in warm up and was unable to compete, in fact not even able to dress. He will be evaluated on St. Patrick's Day. Freddie garnered the first star of the game accolades. Vyborny also suffered a knee injury and will be thoroughly screened as well.
Some highlights on the night saw Manny Malhotra, Rick Nash and Fredrik Modin playing together, garnering six points on the night. Manny chipped in 2-1-3, Nash had a couple of assists (61 points, a new career high) and Modin added a lone assist.
Aaron Rome added an assist but had four hits, +2 and 18:00 minutes of ice. He also ripped a blast off the post from 60' that had Osgood beat… could he be a PP man with a rocket like that?
Hitch let the media know the CBJ gave a few things away through the 60 minutes, but the goaltender "bailed them out." He let it be known that Detroit is now tuning it up for the playoff run, with a solid forecheck and rubber being thrown from every where on the ice. The key players were "revved" up, like Datsyuk and Zetterburg. They each played 23:35 of ice and it seemed like they were around the puck all night. Franzen has fit the mold of Thomas Holmstrom as he chipped in his 19th and 20th of the season.
It is obvious in a game with the Red Wings, the CBJ must play better with the puck, especially in their own zone. One line that did stand out with that in mind was the manufactured assemble of Chimera, Fritsche and Boll. They made transition, they drove to the net and they managed the cycle. Essentially they had success in getting the puck behind the Red Wing "D."
Look for a spirited affair Tuesday with Calgary. The CBJ lost a heart breaker 1-0 in the Saddledome as they outshot the Flames 39-19 back on March 4th. The home team has won seven of the last nine.
Seven points out with 10 games to be played… stay tuned!!
*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 3/19 @Detroit.