"Playing good is not good enough… when you come out each night YOU should expect to win." - Hitchcock, Calgary Dec 1st, 2007
This mindset is the standard and the only standard the CBJ coaching staff has implemented from day one with this team. It continues to build on the philosophy with the little successes and the major failures observed during each game. It can be witnessed by all, there is no quick way of getting there, it is a learned process. Another step was made in Calgary, walking away with a 4-3 OT win.
Up 2-0, in the 2nd, Jason Chimera had a great chance to extend the lead to 3-0, but he failed to get the puck into the back of the net as it slipped off the backhand toe of his stick. Sergei Fedorov had a similar opportunity after the score was tied at three all, but he missed the 24 square feet.
What a shame as the CBJ team lost a couple of players in the Calgary game. Manny Malhotra had a 140 consecutive game streak going and David Vyborny had 155 under his belt. Both are to be evaluated upon arrival in Columbus.
What a night for Curtis Glencross as he scored 2 goals, one in the OT, the winner in Calgary. In front of his parents, families and friends, Curtis lived a dream, coming back home and getting this done. Sunday morning left him without much sleep on the Saturday night… no he did not celebrate like at a college initiation party… he was still replaying the game over and over and over… good for him!
Ken Hitchcock is now two wins away from 450 in his career. Nikolai Zherdev continues to improve and deposited a high snapper off of another faceoff win by Michael Peca (8th in NHL in winning percentage, the CBJ is 2nd overall behind San Jose).
Kris Beech made an impact in his second opportunity in the regular season in a CBJ uniform. He had a goal and an assist on the OT winner in 12:09 of ice time. He had three hits and was 60% in the faceoff circle.
Rick Nash played 24:03 minutes in the game as well. He collected an assist on the Zherdev goal, had four shots on goal, five missed shots. He continues to ride dominate along the wall and off the hash marks as he loves the blue of the crease.
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen was ready to play against Calgary. During the taping of a TV interview, he reminded all of us that this was Western Canada… meaning tough and hard-nosed play. It did not take long for him to scrap with Jarome Iginla, a great choice for a dance partner. He also had four hits on the night. Needless to say, this was his kind of game for the Norwegian Nightmare… he played his junior hockey in the WHL in Brandon Manitoba.
Jarome Iginla has to be one of the classiest young men in the game today. Always willing to sit down and talk at length to the media, he is willing to share his thoughts and beliefs on the game. He was credited with a Gordie Howe Hat Trick with a goal, an assist and a fight as well.
Calgary is certainly going through a process; "The Iron Mike Regime" is now in full order. There are a few guys walking around the room on egg shells and wondering what in the world is happening. Mikka Kiprusoff, fresh on the heels of a new 7 year deal, is the whipping post for Mike. Papers, the media and all of those around the game sit a listen as to why the Flames have now lost four in a row. Christian Huselius is not far behind as one that is on the wrath of Mike's tirade… they departed ways in Florida because of the constant criticism of his play.
The team played well on the road trip. Two points were all that was scraped and squeezed out of the cold weather during the western swing, but high hopes arise back in Columbus, as the team plays 11 of the next 13 in the friendly confines of NWA… stay tuned!!
Remember fans, it is the season for giving. It is better to give then receive, so be prepared for a month of Holiday giving. Our opponents will be getting what they deserve this Holiday season… and oh yes… the 12 promotions of Christmas really fits the bill for all of you wanting to pay homage to this team!! ... (you have to love the marketing department for brainstorming and implementing those antiquated reads!... and darn it, it is my job to pump them during the broadcast!)
*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 12/15 @Boston.