Rather than do the usual drone of a narrative game recap—I'm not that clever, and really, I'm not that lyrical—I'd like to do a quick n' dirty analysis of last night's game, between the Blue Jackets and the Calgary Flames.
So, here's what went well, what went OK, and what was abysmal:
* The CBJ playing solid, Hitch-like hockey for 54 minutes. Lots of energy, tight checking and solid goaltending. I know, I know, hockey's a 60 minute game. I'll get to those dreaded 79 seconds, in a later light section.
* Jared Boll is back, and, is that a scorer's touch I see? Great transition, going from drawing a goaltender's interference penalty, to coming out of the penalty box, and scoring a goal on a stellar feed from Brassard.
* Kristian Huselius with two great primary assists, as well as a Shootout Goal. It's amazing as to how well he's brought the energy to his game, since coming off of IR, "allegedly." Much like the Ottawa game, "Juice" has truly been the CBJ's best player, on the ice. Now, about those far too many passes and Sportscenter, Top 10-candidate plays...
* Nice to see Jan Hejda and Rusty Klesla playing solid defense—here's hoping that pairing continues. I think continuity of pairings could be one problem that's occurred, particularly with Tyutin's early season struggles.
* Rick Nash getting the CBJ on the board, on another fine feed from Huselius. Nash also registered a +1, for the evening. I know, to quote a certain local TV color analyst, "It was a goal-scorer's goal" (then again, he also said that about LaPerier's 2nd goal of the campaign, the other night...sigh)
* Another Power Play (PP) tally, and one of two, overall...is this really the same team who was 30th, in this category, last year?
* Two goals in the spanse of 53 seconds. Way to fight back, and get the crowd re-energized!
* Nice to see that large crowd of 17,772. Yes, it was a Saturday, and yes, OSU's regular season is over— but, also recall, in a transient — so many folks being from other parts of the country, visiting their families over the holiday weekend —city, such as ours, and, having come off a four-game swoon — not that we're bandwagon-jumpers, here in the capital city...no, not us...quite a pleasant surprise, and a throaty crowd, at that.
* Nice to see Mark Methot register a goal. I think he's been an underrated performer, this season.
* Steve Mason, for the first 54 minutes, was pretty darn good. Then came that 79 second span, in which those two behind-the-net goals continued to plague him. Wait, I'm not done in my assessment of his performance...