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Thanksgiving Feast in Minnesota

by Bill Davidge / Columbus Blue Jackets

November 23

We want to thank the Wild for displaying such great dinner time traditions for the Thanksgiving Holiday season. The CBJ came in and feasted on the Wild 4-0, breaking a streak of six consecutive games where the home team has won in this series.

The motto tonight for a period in this game was "it is better to give then receive" … oh, sorry that is Xmas, I got my holidays mixed up… and there are no holidays in hockey!!

Dan Fritsche was the first to say grace as he deposited a Brent Burns turnover into the back of the net to extend the lead to 3-0 as it goes to the score sheet as a shorthanded goal, the 4th of the year for the CBJ.

We would also like to give thanks to Michael Peca for returning to the lineup as he produced a goal and an assist. He now has 2g-7a in the last 10 games that he has been in the lineup. He added a couple of hits in a display of defense and offense for the CBJ. He saw action on the point of the first PP unit and he did an admirable job of dishing and shooting the puck (3 shots).

It was a special thanksgiving treat to have Pascal Leclaire in the nets for an ailing Fredrik Norrena(flu). He played wonderful with his composure and patience came to the fore front. He was on the top of his game. It wasn't as if Minny did not pressure him during the night. It came against a solid offensive attack, a team that has too much pride to fold the tent and retreat. Pascal collected his NHL leading 6th shutout of the year, a franchise record, and dropped his goals against to less than 2.00.

We also bless the play of our super star Rick Nash that collected a goal and an assist. He worked well with the line of Peca and Zherdev. He remains humble and forth giving in his time and effort on and off the ice.

The face-offs for the night were exceptional as the team moves into the top 3 of the NHL. They were 69% on the night with Federov going 92% (11-1) and Malhotra going 10-4 for 71%.

Curtis Glencross had four shots on goal to lead the team. He showed what the true team member category is all about, as he stepped in on Sean Hill, as Hill buried Rusty Klesla in the offensive zone.

Thanks are given to the team's tight play in all three zones as their effort stymied the offensive attack of the Wild. They killed all nine of their PP; they were 2-5 on the PP. The CBJ moved the puck around and had several opportunities to bury a couple of more.

A guy that stands tall on the defensive corps is Jan Hejda… four blocked shots, three hits and such composure in the defensive zone corners; he is a highlight film on positioning and stick position.


*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 11/26 @Edmonton.

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