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Jackets Overcome by Flames

by Bill Davidge / Columbus Blue Jackets

It was supposed to be a physical and playoff type atmosphere tonight.  It was far from that as the CBJ played an outstanding first period of hockey as the score was tied 1-1.  Steve Mason was shaky on the first shot his way as he gave up a rebound to Mike Cammelari who fed it backdoor to a wide open Jarome Iginla at the :45 second mark.  It did not take long to counter as Williams and Umberger combined for RJ’s 21st of the season, a career high.  Williams now has 4 assists in the last 4 games, as he continues to show some continuity in his offensive prowess.


The star of the first period was Kristian Huselius who alone could have deposited not one, not two, not three,  but four scoring chances against his former foes. He razz led, he dazzled he made more moves than a checker board, but came as dry as a night with popcorn and no Pepsi……that would come back to haunt this team again.  The same old story arose again for this team as they had their opportunity to bury the opposition and did not do so.  It would be a different story this year.  In years past the opportunities never did arise.  This year, there have been so many chances to flat out dig, kill and then bury the opponent that the frustration builds.  It builds with frustration yes…..but with optimism, knowing the skill is finally there to get to the Promised Land. 


What is it going to take?  From my vantage point, it deals with the “Want and the Hunger to Score”….given the example tonight it can be an obvious conclusion that the best players for Calgary wanted to be part of the decision of the game.  Iginla had 2 goals and 2 assists….Cammelari had a goal scorer’s night as well as he collected a goal and 2 assists.  It appeared that every time in the offensive zone when Calgary had the puck, they converged to the net with a purpose.  The CBJ do have nights liked that, but tonight it was obvious, Calgary had a want and the CBJ did not.


Between period 1 &2, Daryl Sutter the GM of the Flames came in and talked a little hockey talk.  Both of us were surprised at no penalties and the lack of aggressive and in your face play.  The game continued in that fashion in the 2nd until Marc Methot took a minor penalty…then it was game on.  Dion Phaneuf score on a rocket from 50’ as David Moss the U of Michigan product set up shop in front of Mason….from that point it was downhill and trees in the way of open fields of success.


Disappointment prevails tonight.  It was a “woulda coulda if” scenario. The good thing is…24 hours, with a practice under the belt and hopefully a want to score, no matter what attitude in place.  The PP must move its feet on the transition up ice…the best players have got to finish when given chances and the goaltending must be the best.  It is not asking for much is it?  This is the NHL and that is what it takes to get to the Promised Land!!


Stay tuned!!

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