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Two Goals...Two Nights...No Thanks War Room!!

by Bill Davidge / Columbus Blue Jackets

October 26th 2008


The NYR game proved to be a disappointment to the CBJ on a controversial call in the second period. It proved to be a call on the Game Winning goal by Brandon Dubinsky as he did direct the puck into the net (on the slow motion version) with his skate which is FINE….but if you show the goal scored in fast motion it becomes obvious of a kicking motion. If that be the case in this scenario, the goal if intentionally kicked in, should not be counted….that is game one of back to back contests against teams that are playing solid hockey…the result a loss of at least a point in a game where the CBJ were undefeated at home.
Game 2 is in Minnesota, where with 11.5 seconds on the clock, Rick Nash knocks down a shot with the blade of his stick to tip it past goaltender Niklas Backstrom. This was a battle, as the CBJ outshot the Wild 21-11 in the final two stanzas. They carried the play they did the little things right, but that goal was to make it a 2-2 game…..but with the call on the ice at the time of the goal, the referee pointed directly to the net to say it was a goal. The call to the War Room in Toronto said APPARENTLY the call was inconclusive….Fine…it therefore should be a goal…. but …..the majority of the crew of officials on the ice reversed their decision to call the goal back after a brief scrum in the referee crease. The final score, the Wild 2, the CBJ 1……another game the team loses out on another possible point.
No big deal?…I beg to differ because the points lost now cannot be replaced…. 2-4 points were lost……can you say April and a possible playoff spot up for grabs?.....also the confidence of a team that deserved better is what irks those of us that have been part of trying to build a winning tradition in a struggling infantile franchise. This is called RESPECT…you earn respect…you do not demand it, but you show up and have to earn those calls. We are in year 8 of this program and still fail to EARN the much needed respect in the league to allow a call to possibly slide our way.
The time is nearing closer for the success of this franchise…but as I sit on the plane on my way back to Columbus, it reminds me of the past days as a young assistant and head coach at Miami University, trying to battle each and every night for respectability. It did not come over night…nor will it be here in Columbus Ohio. Hard work, discipline, and making your own breaks in this game are what it is going to take to get a few of those calls on our side.
Happy days are ahead…drop the chin….keep the legs moving and no excuses should be in order…..MAKE OUR OWN BREAKS….come on Anaheim. Be ready as the CBJ are back at home for 7 of the next 9 games!!!
Stay tuned!!!


*Throughout the season, AAA will bring you the Broadcaster's Blog - "Davidge Dishes". The Columbus Blue Jackets radio color analyst will try to keep you updated on all the season action through his blog, especially when the Blue Jackets kick off the season October 10 @ Dallas.

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